On Nov. 19, I awoke to see this first sentence in an article in the Gazette-Times:

"Sometimes statistics don’t lie."

What a lie to start an otherwise nice article!

Statistics and statisticians never lie. Some people (mis)use statistics to tell lies. Fake leaders lie a lot for personal gains.

Journalists should help build trust in science, not spread lies.

Statistical literacy is ever more important in this data-centric world. Also, statistical tools are like a knife or a chisel. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, they can save a life, or in the hands of a sculptor create a beautiful statue. On the other hand, in the hands of a crook, they can rob a bank or even kill a person.

So, handle with care. Please help your readers appreciate statistics and science, and not lose trust in them or in the press.

Sastry G. Pantula

Corvallis (Nov. 19)

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