It is true this county has these great attributes. Yet, as the employment and per capita numbers suggest, they are not helping a lot. Perhaps these whys persist because too many people see it as too painful to look at the problems or they are too complacent with the status quo, or dare we say may benefit financially from having a depressed society.
It is hard to arrive at solutions if you are not seeing the problems.
Over the next two weeks, the Star Beacon is printing a series entitled “Realty Check.” The series examines some of those whys and culminates with some voiced solutions.
This series is the result of months of work — starting in October — by Star Beacon Lifestyle Editor Carl Feather. In putting together the series, Feather interviewed dozens of people at the national, state and local levels. He researched data that compare Ashtabula County to other areas of the state and nation.
The series also offers a reality check into the personal lives of people who are not faring so well in Ashtabula County.
Over this two-week period, beginning today, we are asking you to become active with it. Each day, we will be asking a question regarding this series on our Web-site poll. You also can go to our Web-site forums to discuss the series. Just click at the end of any of the stories as they appear on our Web site and begin your discussion with other readers.
Also, Carl Feather would like to share your personal stories regarding Ashtabula County for possible publication as they relate to “Reality Check.” He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By taking a look at the problems, we will see some dreams of what can be in Ashtabula County. As we yearn for those dreams of what can be, we shall look for solutions that will make those dreams a part of Ashtabula County.
Frieder is editor of the Star Beacon and can be reached at email@example.com.