The following questions (10 and 11) are not limited to those who responded “yes” to question 9 — those who indicated that they do most of their non-grocery shopping outside Oak Ridge; it includes people like me, who do most of our shopping in Oak Ridge, but invariably have to go elsewhere for some things that simply cannot be purchased here.
10. â€œDo you think the proposed shopping center would help Oak Ridge retain more of your shopping that is currently being done in other areas?â€
11. â€œHow often do you travel to Knox Co. to go shopping: every day, a few times a week, twice a week, once a week, or less often?â€
Even people like me who do MOST of their shopping here might have a valid opinion about whether the proposed center would retain more of their business — in my case, it absolutely would.Â Even people like me who do most of their shopping here could provide an answer; in my case, the response to question 11 would be “less often.”
My only doubt about the survey is now knowing that Raj’s house was called twice (because he has several land lines), while mine was not called.
Look, I don’t have any gripe with people who have a different opinion about the project than I do, but I do have a problem with folks trying to mislead others with charts and graphs and obfuscation.Â One of the most common difficulties people encounter with math is making something more complex than it really is.Â If someone asks you, “what’s half of two-thirds?” you don’t need to find a common denominator, cross multiply, or anything like that; it’s as simple as “what’s half of two?”
Half of two-thirds is one-third, plain and simple, just like half of two is one.
I’d love to know what the survey would have said after people attended the several informational meetings that occurred following the survey, but there simply wasn’t time to wait.Â One thing the survey does tell us is that the more information people have about the return on investment, the more likely they are to be in favor of it.