Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015
Source: Expositor, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2015 Brantford Expositor
Author: Charles Beyer
Page: 6


Re: $2M in pot seized (Jan. 24)

Twenty police officers were spotted at a restaurant last Saturday
night having coffee and doughnuts. One officer looked as if he was 250
pounds and his plate sported six sprinkly doughnuts. Doughnuts were 60
cents each. Wanting to aggregate total consumption and cost I figured
we could multiply 20 officers by six doughnuts for a total consumption
of 120 doughnuts. Therefore 120 doughnuts multiplied by 60 cents
equals a total cost of $72 at that night's coffee break.

What could possibly be wrong with the math? Well, for one thing not
all officers were eating doughnuts and some did not eat six. Some ate
other items.

Obviously, there are lies, damn lies and statistics.

Your article describing the profits per gram and per plant in a
marijuana bust showed irregularities as glaring as the example above.
Your reporting should adhere to the maxim in journalism: Obtain
information from several sources.

Charles Beyer

Port Alberni, B.C.
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