By Al Johnson
September 18, 2006
Regarding Elizabeth Nelson's letter supporting "White Cliff
tax now and for the here after".
As often the case, persons justifying their point of view will
offer "Fact if matter", "Bottom line", "Current
research" or "thousands" as adjectives to support
obtaining acceptance without challenge to their objective.
Many years ago when the Borough Parks and Recreation was in its
infancy, numbers of participants in the various activities were
printed to support the expansion of the agency. When inquiry
was made as to who these "Hundreds" (before inflation,
I suppose) were that justified the expansion, the information
was deemed not for public review, only the number of participants.
It took some doing to circumvent this withholding of information.
The finding was the borough staff counting each activity's usage
by participants. The shortfall and more the reason for keeping
the information secure, was that a very small number of families
with all their offspring, participated in many of the Parks and
For the purpose of presenting a high number these family members
were counted as a single for each and everyone of the activities.
Hence, a few were leveraged into "Hundreds". I believe
the term "Thousands" of performance attendees are in
fact, the same attendees being counted for each performance of
Using these forms of premise without challenge allows the presenter
to assume what is not.
Continued unchallenged usage repeated on a regular basis, becomes
"Fact". So- I challenge the use of "Thousands"
as being each, a separate individual of thousands, attending
a single performance(s).
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: " 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot-
Steven Wright "Thousands" of years living in Ketchikan
if not for "Many Moons". I firmly believe that some
ask "Government" to do too much for a few (thousands?)
that which they can not do for themselves."
to White Cliff By Elizabeth Nelson - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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