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December 19, 2012 - Blaine Hyska
Michigan has fewer police officers.

That was big news around the state recently. Taken at face value, it should be. Residents don’t want to feel as if we’re all alone to fend off crime. A community needs police protection.

That being said, you have to question this story. Think about it. Michigan has not been a destination state the past few years. In fact, Michigan is losing people.

In 2007, Michigan’s population was 10,001,284, reports the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2008, it was 9,946,889. In 2009, 9,901,591. In 2010, 9,883,640. And in 2011, it was 9,877,574.

You get the drift. Michigan is the only state whose population declined since 2000.

Michigan’s crown jewel, Detroit, was especially hard hit. Detroit's population peaked at 1.8 million in 1950. In the past decade, it dropped 25 percent. The statistics show that Detroit’s population fell to 713,777 in 2010, compared to 951,270 in 2000.

Hello. It’s no wonder we have fewer police officers. There are fewer people to police.

That’s the thing about some of these reports, they don’t include all the relevant information. Use some common sense.

This story reminds me of the “shocking” and “telling” surveys conducted a few years ago on health care. The big news then was there were thousands upon thousands of people in the U.S. who did not have health care insurance. The nation was frightened into supporting force-buy insurance.

The survey takers didn’t bother to ask if some of the young, healthy respondents simply chose not to have insurance.

Sometimes, you have to take a look beyond the initial information.



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