Letters to the Editor, Jan. 9, 2019

Numbers

Don’t mislead with numbers

As an engineer and a math teacher, I’m careful not to use numbers to mislead. That is not the case in a recent email from Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA).

The Dec. 31 “2018 Year in Review” email from MICA stated: “Intensive listening to the MI community” that included “dialogs” and a “survey” resulted in “feedback from over 1,500 Islanders…giving us the resounding input that 72 percent of MI is eager for an Arts Center.”

Actually, only 803 (not 1,500) respondents replied to the survey prompt: “Mercer Island would benefit from having a centralized location for the arts.”

The 803 responses were: “Strongly disagree” 96 people (11.96 percent), “Somewhat disagree” 64 people (7.97 percent), “Undecided” 67 people (8.34 percent), “Somewhat agree” 155 people (19.30 percent), “Strongly agree” 421 people (52.43 percent).

MICA’s report is inaccurate and misleading: “Somewhat agree” responses were counted as “eager for,” and “72 percent of Islanders” would be 17,474 Islanders (Mercer Island’s population is 24,270), but the “eager for” respondents actually represent 2.4 percent of Islanders (576 / 24,270).

Stating that “72 percent of MI is eager for an Arts Center” is incorrect and misleading. I trust we will see more accurate number crunching by MICA as they pursue their fundraising and mission.

Al Lippert

Mercer Island

[flipp]

More in Opinion

Changing systems doesn’t happen overnight | Windows and Mirrors

It’s been a year since the Menchie’s incident and here is what the city of Kirkland has been working on since then.

Discerning fact from opinion

It can be more difficult than people first think, according to the Pew Research Center.

Our newspapers have many reasons to be thankful

Changes have had positive impacts, readers offering support.

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 30, 2019

Political letters not in print.

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

A monthly column about matters of faith.

Cutting down on creating trash

I am going to admit something here: when I travel, I create… Continue reading

Letters to the editor, Oct. 23, 2019

Letters on the upcoming election.

Professionals in a second language | Windows and Mirrors

What is it like to pursue a career in a language that is not your first?

Breaking barriers | Windows and Mirrors

Spending time in the outdoors has helped veteran Naomi Layco heal physically and mentally after serving in the U.S. Navy.

Working toward a more welcoming Eastside | Windows and Mirrors

Eastside for All has launched to focus on race and social justice advocacy.

Improving safety in Aubrey Davis Park with bike lane projects | Guest Opinion

A local guest opinion regarding planning for bike traffic increases.

History: The untold stories | Windows and Mirrors

What do we not know about the history of the human race?