‘Data’ based on estimations only

Letter writer Gina Parry might have jumped on the bandwagon to denounce Rich Knapton a little too soon (Iraq statistics: Report on deaths based on valid data,” Wednesday). It seems that if anyone actually read the data reporting as scribed by Ms. Parry one would realize the “data” was based on estimations and not actually a direct count of those killed in Iraq. Yet, even in her own words over and over again, she refers to such flawed “data” as projected comparisons that were even reported by an esteemed medical journal, Lancet. I would have serious doubts as to the credibility of any organization that pushes what appears to be loosely gathered polling data as fact and I have even more suspicions of those who quote such assessments as truth.

If, in Ms. Parry’s wording, Rich Knapton instantly went to some “right wing fanatic site” then one could only reason that Ms. Parry might be preaching from some “left wing fanatic site,” with the intent of demoralizing whatever efforts are being made from those in harm’s way, just to push some faulty, over-idealized humanitarian rhetoric.

Douglas Barrows

Granite Falls

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