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LETTER: Ontario mayor criticizes Enterprise report, use of statistics

To the Editor:

On Oct. 25, 2017, the Malheur Enterprise published a front-page article on tax levies. The picture incorrectly showed Ontario with the highest totals (per $1,000 assessed value) when in fact Ontario is the lowest with Nyssa receiving 35 percent and Vale receiving 59 percent more than Ontario for the cities portion. A correction was placed on page 4 of the next week’s paper. While it would be easy to attribute this to a clerical error, our meetings with and subsequent article from Mr. Les Zaitz of the Enterprise lead me to believe otherwise.

In his Nov. 1, 2017, article, Les picked the highest year (2012) in both violent and property crime back to 2009 to measure Ontario’s change in crime. I’m not going to apologize for having two successive years of low violent crime, but I want the people in and around . . .