Apparently just a picture can set off quite a discussion, so perhaps I will try again, this time with words.
Last week I received a survey in the mail. Mine was one of some 4,000 households in Marathon County to receive the Local Indicators for Excellence survey from the United Way. Surveys are interesting things because they ask specific questions, which means someone somewhere has to decide which things to ask about, and also by default, which things not to ask about. Because of this, there is no such thing as an “unbiased” survey. For example, in politics you might be asked which person you might prefer from some list of declared (or “serious”) candidates. Just making that list narrows the field.
It is not my intention to put the entire survey online here or even to criticize it in anyway, but rather to give you a chance to voice your opinions. For example, the first question asks about recreation. Here is the list of recreational activities they list:
- Access to reading materials
- Dining; Entertainment, arts and museums
- Outdoor recreational opportunities (Boating, hiking, fishing, etc.)
- Public access to internet
- Recreational facilities (Ice rinks, sports fields, swimming pools, etc.)
- Sporting Events
So, how do you feel about such things here in Marathon County? Is there anything else you would add to that list?
The survey asks which three of those are most important you. Again, maybe some other pastime is more important to you than what is on that list. This is as good as place as any to have the discussion.
I’ll cover some more areas of the survey in later posts.