Both an editorial and a letter to the editor in today's Coeur d'Alene Press advocated the City Council periodically sitting down with those who have questions and hashing them out. To most people this should be seen as an unnecessary suggestion if one's community has a City Council responsive to the citizens.
I would take the suggestion a step further and suggest a member of the press be present to report on both the questions and the answers. Perhaps one of the recently "laid off" Spokesman reporters could fill the bill with an agreement that both papers would print the results. Certainly there are some among them that would put their journalistic ethics ahead of "brand" loyalty.
I found the climate leading up to the election to be pugnacious on both sides and as a result no one really won. The incumbents and their chosen carry on under the eye of suspicion and the challengers are already being derided and mocked for their unsuccessful runs.
Dialogue. Civil dialogue. Not everyone who questions may be eloquent nor schooled in journalistic expertise. This does not give license to belittle them as people nor their questions or assumptions. Talk with them, not around them. Listen to them, don't just hear them.
Should this actually happen a ray of "sunshine" might actually shine upon the Council and the city. Beats the falsification of Photoshop any day!