Lies and stats

What do I know about crime numbers, I'm just a voter

Editor, The News:

Re: Semi-auto guns available anywhere (The News, July 27).

Initially, I was gleeful that the crime rate in Canada has been reported to be its lowest since 1972.

However, it seemed an odd juxtaposition To my perception. I was born a few years before the benchmark and, as I recall, even during my rough and rowdy youth, there was no comparison to our current state of corruption and degradation.

Yet the statistics clearly point out otherwise.

Oddly, it appears, things don’t hit the fan the way they used to.

Presumably, this is due to the quality of governance we have elected.

But then again, it could be how one measures and counts, couldn’t it?

As one fine writer once put it (we’ll call him Mark Twain): ‘There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

I would love to quote stats to support my bias, but you already know the truth about statistics, and ‘the facts’ are often not as factual as the truth.

But what the hell do I know? I’m just a voter, and, oddly, not for Stephen Harper.

Grant Baker

Maple Ridge