November 1, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Newspapers follow the money; Iowa officials gored for tax idea

With no dominating national or international story, enterprising newspapers turned to pocketbook issues and stories about how we live.

“Fed adds fuel to fire economy,” the Chicago Tribune said about the quarter-percentage point cut in short-term interest rates. “Vexed economy had hot summer,” the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle said about strong third-quarter economic growth.

The Houston Chronicle illustrated a “Volatile day on economic fronts,” and economic woes were felt in many places. “Paycheck loan outlets are booming,” the Omaha World-Herald said about a trend in Nebraska. “Unpaid dues” topped The San Diego Union-Tribune, which reported, “Homeowner associations countywide are hit by foreclosure fallout.” The Detroit News described a “Day of pain” as Chrysler cut jobs.

Other newspapers provided a glimpse into the lives of readers. The El Paso (Texas) Times reported on an increase in diabetes among people living along the U.S.-Mexico border: “1.1 million border residents have disease.” The Times Union in Albany, N.Y., explained how the suburban dream can turn into an isolation nightmare for elderly homeowners. Asking “Have we changed the way we live?” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that “U.S. mayors meet in Seattle to push for a green revolution.”

Tropical storm Noel caused mudslides and flooding in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and Florida kept watch. Florida Today in Melbourne examined erosion and listed the money spent on beach renourishment.

“Huge award in funeral lawsuit,” The Sun in Baltimore said after a jury decided members of a Kansas church had invaded the privacy of the family of a Marine killed in Iraq by protesting at his funeral.

Today’s lead: The Des Moines (Iowa) Register reported on a state move to charge sales tax on pumpkins used for jack-o’-lanterns: “Here’s a Halloween riddle: What happened when Iowa Department of Revenue officials tried to tax pumpkins? They got squashed.”

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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