In your May 27-June 2 issue, you quoted the New York Times in a Media Watch item called “Nuclear Families under 25% of U.S. Households, Census Says.”
Here is another short example of how those with an agenda use statistics to advance their cause. On the surface it would appear that married people living together in marriage is a thing of the past. After all, the headlines tell it all. Now less than 25% of people are living in nuclear families. Amazing! Looks like most of the world has finally got with it. The family unit is dead; long live freedom.
Of course, the nuclear family [is defined as] “married people with children under 18 living in the house.” No mention of how many married people are living together without children under 18 in the house. All the other categories are quoted with great fanfare. Let's see if we can figure out the real picture:
Married with children under 18 — 23.5%
Unmarried couples — 9%
Non-family households — 33.3
Total as written — 65.8%
What about the other 34.2%? Well, I guess that's those married people whose children have either moved out or who are over 18 and still living in the house. That means the normal nuclear family idea is really 23.5% + 34.2% = 57.7% — still a respectable number. Also, in the non-family households, there are going to be a significant number of widows at the end of life who did participate in the nuclear family.
Now, I do think there has been a continued movement in families in the wrong direction, but the point of the article is to convince us all it's over, so don't get too worried if most of the world doesn't see things your way.
Of course, one of the reasons the number has been going down is the increasing age of when people marry. This creates a delay in the numbers of nuclear families. Also, in ten years the number they make a big deal out of only went from 25.6% to 23.5%, hardly a stampede.
Make no mistake about it. The press, the media and our educational system have been taken over by liberals who want no sexual rules.
How else could such a small group of homosexuals (1.5% of the population) make so much noise and affect our laws as they do? Maybe the Register could look behind the headlines and produce their own editorial?
MICHAEL NEESER Reno, Nevada