But what? There is enough evidence that the assessment may be true that the suggestion has merit - to prompt local leaders to do some "soul searching."
(From The Rep): "... Canton native Carl Lavin is the managing editor of Forbes.com, and he said the numbers such as 0.7 percent annual growth in gross domestic product speak for themselves. "
Moreover, Lavin goes on to say the following:
We've gotten questions. For a lot of people, you hold up a mirror and they don't like what they see." ...The Report thinks Canton is the local mirror of Ohio. The supposedly pro-business party (the Republicans) have been the executives in charge during what has certainly been an economic tailspin of "Canton" (Creighton and Watkins) and "Ohio" (Taft and Voinovich).
The smart civic leader will use this to help galvanize resources that will reverse those trends.
Joined-at-the-hip with the Republican executives has been the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. These overrated economic planners haven't had many answers to stem the decline.
The chambers have been like a broken record as have been their Republican sponsors. Their rhetoric: "Cut taxes, cut costs, cut government (which Republicans have not done), birth low paying jobs" (which they have done by the score) and on and on go their words and phrases which have not been effective to actually turnaround Canton's and Ohio's economy.
Can Healy and his Democrat team reverse things in Canton? Can Democrats Bosley/Harmon team up to reverse things in Stark County? Can Strickland and his Democrat team reverse things in Ohio? Can they devise a "new" formula to bring their respective economies out of the the "nosedive" - "tailspin" economic nightmare?
Time will tell. Maybe yes. Maybe no. All Cantonians, Stark Countians and Ohio should be pulling for their success.
In the end it matters not what someone's politics is. For everyday people, it only matters that new thinking with positive results surface from our political leadership.
Final question: Do Healy, Bosley, Harmon and Strickland have what it takes to be "smart civic leader[s]?"