Saturday, July 26, 2008


There has been a dearth of leadership in Stark County for some three decades now.

Increasingly, the STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT (The Report) believes that leadership is surfacing.

The Report is reluctant to stamp "Mission Accomplished" on the search for local leadership because unanswered questions remain about the "apparent" leader of the Stark County Board of Commissioners.

Just yesterday Commissioner Todd Bosley stepped into the leadership void once again. By opening a dialogue with the Stark County Veterans Commission, he averted an embarrassing and, perhaps, unsolvable problem with the county funding the Veterans organization as required by Ohio law.

As noted before, The Report believes that Bosley has political ambitions way beyond the commissioners office. And, that is okay (Stark County needs motivated leadership) as long as the ambition doesn't become all consuming to the point of intimidating/destructive of all who would stand in the path to greater glory.

But it is up to the local media to keep political ambition in check and to put the light of day on abuses perpetrated by any offending office holder.

For now, it seems that Bosley is becoming a more circumspect politician who understands that while it does take strong initiative and an aggressive tone to be an effective leader; being a "bull in a china shop" could be a sign that he is taking press attention and accolades too much to heart.

With this reservation, The Report says to this blooming Stark County leader, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

Question: Agree/Disagree with The Report on the Bosley assessment?

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