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THAT STORY ON NONPROFits (“The Tax-Free Zone,” 12/2) was pretty good. However, the table listing tax revenues theoretically obtained by taxing major nonprofits was misleading. Including the cents after the tax amounts and leaving the cents off in the assessments column makes the taxes look bigger than they actually are (in some cases, bigger than the assessments). I was certainly fooled for a while.
I would certainly hope, for the sake of your entertaining publication, that you try to be careful with statistics in the future. All too often, people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support more than enlightenment.
Silver Spring, via America Online