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Just the facts, Ma’am

Some years ago, on the popular TV police drama program, Dragnet, Sgt. Joe Friday used an expression when interviewing a material witness on a case; just give me the facts Ma’am, just the facts.

After reading Lynn Wenzel’s column on false equivalency I found an inaccurate statement concerning the net worth disparity between black and white households. According to Ms. Wenzel, the average black household income is $6,314 and the average white household of $110,500. She even cites 2011 census data. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2012 American Community Survey, the are 8,763,279 black households where the married couple median income is $65,914.

There are 76,509,262 white households with a median income of $76,035. For black male, no spouse household the median income is $33,860. For the white male, no spouse household the median income is $42,588. For black female, no spouse household the median income is $25,594. The white female, no spouse household the median income is $30,486.



So please Ms. Wenzel, especially as member of the prestigious Union Editorial Board, I implore you and others who contribute your opinions for publication that you do not use fabricated inaccurate data to make you point, regardless of the issue. By not doing so you not only loose credibility, but respect from the rank and file readership.

Gary Nowak




Nevada City


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