The Press Newspaper
Have you ever picked up your phone to find an aggressive voice on the other end demanding payments on a debt you know nothing about? You’re far from alone.
Once you’re in the sights of a debt collector, the impact on your life can be devastating: Your wages can be garnished and your credit ruined. You might lose your driver’s license, or even your job.
And it could happen over a debt you don’t even owe.
In a recent analysis of 75,000 complaints about debt collection practices submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — just a sample of the total number — this was the most common complaint by far. Over 40 percent of people being harassed by collectors said they didn’t owe the debt in the first place.
Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.
Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.
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Newly elected District 3 councilman Peter J. Ujvagi admits he is in the same boat as everyone else in East Toledo — he owns a house appraised at $50,000, but would be lucky to sell it for $20,000.
Ujvagi may have just been elected last November and taken office in January, but his service in the public sector dates back to 1973, including four previous terms on Toledo city council. He says he has lived in the Birmingham neighborhood with wife Elizabeth Marie for 58 years and is a hard-line east sider who plans to stay.
At the East Toledo Senior Center in Navarre Park Wednesday night, Ujvagi hosted his first town hall meeting since rejoining council. Hosted by One Voice for East Toledo, it attracted over 50 residents who had plenty to say about home values, crime, safety, the condition of streets, and other aspects of their lives living in a neighborhood in decline.
His family and friends lost a hero when James E. “Big Daddy” Derr passed away on February 5, 2002, after battling a combination of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia.
However, the memory of the former industrial arts teacher and well-known wrestling coach continues, thanks to an effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
A United States Army veteran, Derr was employed as an industrial arts teacher 37 years before retiring in 1996. He taught nine years at Northwood High School and was instrumental in starting the school’s football and wrestling programs.
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