Just the facts, please

Posted: Monday, April 10, 2000

Regarding Charles Achberger's April 5 letter, Mr. Achberger's self-righteousness is only exceeded by his immunity against facts. Mr. Achberger scrawled that Alaska is ``47th in the nation in per capita income.'' In truth, the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis ranks Alaska 20th in per capita personal income, not 47th.

Furthermore, in September the U.S. Census Bureau announced that Alaskans enjoy the highest median household income in the nation. A responsible newspaper would have verified Mr. Achberger's claim before running it. Then again, the Empire has made clear its new policy of not policing the wild claims made on its opinion page.

Greg WilliamsJuneau

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