LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Watch out for the misinterpretation of statistics

Friday, February 10, 2012 | 1:44 p.m. CST; updated 4:38 p.m. CST, Friday, February 10, 2012

J. Karl Miller’s opinion piece in the Feb. 9 edition of the Columbia Missourian opposing an increase in the minimum wage is an excellent example of using statistics to obfuscate and mislead. Miller labels as false Robert Reich’s conclusion that 40% of minimum wage workers are the sole source of income for their families. One expects Miller to then cite an alternative figure to support his claim that Reich is wrong. But he does no such thing. Instead, he throws a bunch of statistics at us that in no way refute Reich’s figure.