The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Reality Check

Reality Check
  • images_sizedimage_071223703 Taxpayers bearing the brunt When payday came for Ashtabula County�s 102,703 residents in 2005, taxpayers wrote 25.5 percent of the total.

    June 25, 2008 1 Photo

  • Doing the math: Tourism’s paychecks are small but written with ‘fresh’ money Tourism is touted as the new up-and-coming industry in Ashtabula County, a quadripartite savior with wineries, the lodge, Lake Erie and covered bridges for legs.

    June 25, 2008

  • Payday loan shops find fertile ground in county’s low per capita income landscape One of the fastest growing industries in Ashtabula County is payday or cash advance loan stores, which are popping up in strip malls and shopping plazas all over the county.

    June 25, 2008

  • images_sizedimage_072185458 Our lost retail dollars Google these words: “Ashtabula County retail per capita.”

    June 25, 2008 2 Photos

  • Ashtabula County: A comfortable place to be poor? Have social service agencies and Uncle Sam done their job so well in Ashtabula County that they�ve created a haven for the disabled, indolent, drug-addicted and/or unmotivated?

    June 25, 2008

  • images_sizedimage_073174103 Let’s set the record straight on this Appalachian-values thing One of the many frustrations of being a writer is that what is written is often misconstrued by the reader. Another is that the reader will assume that because the writer quotes someone, the writer personally accepts that observation as gospel and agrees with its premise.

    June 25, 2008 1 Photo

  • AMHA, Section 8 get bad rap The availability of subsidized housing is often implicated as one of the most powerful inducements for people to come to Ashtabula County and live off the dole. It’s a line Jim Noyes, executive director of the Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) often hears, just as the authority gets blamed for the state of all the county’s housing.

    June 25, 2008

  • Reality Check A policy paper by Catholic Charities USA, “Poverty in America: A Threat to the Common Good,” observes that since 1980, increased worker productivity has not resulted in real increased wage gains. Workers have been working harder and being more productive for their employers, but, generally, they have not shared in the bountiful harvest.

    June 25, 2008

  • images_sizedimage_073180030 Foreclosed! Paul Bryant is fascinated by statistics, especially those dealing with the housing market in Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties.

    June 25, 2008 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_076213048 Every day a reality check at city’s ‘poorest’ school Janie Carey works at the intersection of poverty and education.

    June 25, 2008 1 Photo

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