The second graphic in the Pre-Conference Journal aims at the heart of the problem we’re facing. The population of out part of the state continues to rise – and we’re not keeping up. The graph included in the report might lead one to believe we’re doing ok.
A careless reader would look at 1980 and see a big gap between membership and population and then look at 2004 and see a much smaller gap. How many people will notice that the scale for each line is quite different – one (the Population) varying by 1,000,000, the other (Membership) by 10,000? Is our general math literacy better than has been reported?