I am sure I am both naive and somewhat cynical when it comes to politics. But I can't help but wonder: Where have all of the courageous servant leaders gone (or did they ever really exist in the first place)? Despite the mess that is the political landscape (too often characterized by negative campaigning, political pandering and legislative gridlock), I actually do hold an idealist optimism that it is possible for strong, principled political leaders with courage and integrity to also find ways to get past rigid dogma and party ideology to be able to create a unified vision and lead meaningful bipartisan compromise to get things done for the good of our local, state and national communities.

Jonathan H. Westover