On Page 5A of the July 3 Journal Gazette was a small two-paragraph article which seems designed to inflame and infuriate but is really a manipulation of statistics. “One-fourth of US citizens in poverty” read the headline, but it's incorrect. The facts in the article, if they are correct, say that one-fourth of Americans live in a neighborhood where at least one-fifth live in poverty. That translates, when you do the math, to as little as 5 percent of the population living in poverty, rather than the one-fourth, or 25 percent, that the headline reads.
It saddens me that any newspaper would mislead with headlines, as often that is just what some people have time to read.
MARGIE DEAL Avilla