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- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Chaffee man charged with attempting to have ex-wife killed (8/20/17)3
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- Former Chaffee officer faces DWI charge (8/20/17)2
- PBS crew filming in Cape; Glenn House to be featured (8/17/17)
- Scott City Council reinstates police chief (8/16/17)1
- Near miss: Woman 'lucky' following train incident (8/16/17)
SSI figures were incorrect
To the editor:
The Aug. 7 article by Mark Bliss about the new Missouri Senior Report was informative. Unfortunately, one section of the summary table accompanying the article contained some major errors.
Under the heading "Supplemental Security Income payments as percent of total personal income," the following percentages were shown for the counties in your primary circulation area: Bollinger, 69 percent; Cape Girardeau, 45.2 percent; Perry, 29 percent; and Scott, 81 percent.
According to Tracy Greever Rice of the University of Missouri office that compiled data for the report, the correct numbers are as follows: Bollinger, 0.69 percent; Cape Girardeau, 0.35 percent; Perry, 0.29 percent; and Scott, 0.81 percent.
It is obvious that your staff failed to pick up the decimal point for three of the counties. Apparently some other type of error was made for Cape Girardeau County.
Since eligibility for Supplemental Security Income payments is poverty-related, the numbers you published gave a grossly misleading impression of the extent of poverty among elderly and disabled citizens of these four counties.
ROBERT FULTON, Patton, Mo.