Thursday, February 12, 2009
DISCUSSION: HOW BAD OF SHAPE IS CANTON IN, ANYWAY?
Doug Piero Carey wrote an opinion piece for The Repository which was published on February 10th (CLICK HERE TO READ).
Mr. Carey's family lived at 14th St NW and Louisiana. The pity of this story is that they did try to be part of a solution rather than sit back and gripe about their neighborhood's problem
The former Carey neighborhood did not deteriorate overnight.
What has happened in Canton is what happens in any community when derelict politicians are left unaccountable. While it is fine for The Rep's editors to urge folks from the neighborhoods to run for city council, there are a limited number of seats. The Careys did what citizens should be doing, but to no avail.
Why no results?
Because city council members and mayors over many years have had no "fire in their bellies." They have become "lording it over them" public officials rather than " public servant leaders."
For too many years Canton's elected officials have luxuriated in holding public office. Consequently, they have lost touch with day-in, day-out Cantonians. Now the city is falling down around them.
It is desperation time in The Hall of Fame City. A once proud city which President William McKinley called home.
A besieged mayor. The mayor and council fighting with one another. Far more houses to be demolished than money to do with.
Why is Canton is this place?
A lack of leadership, that's it. Not just Healy and current council members. But going back at least to Creighton, Watkins and Purses and the folks who staffed council during those mayoralty administrations.
Good politicians, all. But miserably inept leaders!