More Scientific Thinking From the Montana Meth Project


Why should we reject the findings of Daniel Erceg-Hurn’s review of the Montana Meth Project? Three reasons, according to the organization that wants to bilk another $2 million from Montanans:

1) He conducted the study in Australia.

Brockman, a Kalispell native who has worked for Montana Meth since the 2007 Legislature, said the effects of the report haven’t been damaging: “Nothing has changed.” Despite the major attention the report has received from media across the world, Brockman is expecting good things at the Legislature.

“The report is from Western Australia,” Brockman said. “We can walk out on Main Street and see the differences here.”

It’s a good point. Math and statistics are no match for anecdotal evidence gleaned by personally invested individuals.

2) His findings are erroneous. Oh, and he is from Australia.

Peg Shea, executive director of MMP, said Erceg-Hurn’s findings are based on selective analysis of statistics. She said the results are “out of context” and “erroneous claims.” Coordinators also point out that Erceg-Hurn wasn’t in Montana during his research.

You’d think Ms. Shea would have come up with something more specific in the last month. What’s wrong with the research, specifically?

3) The Montana Meth Project is already spending its resources so wisely.

A rally will be held at Helena High School, where prizes such as iPods are to be given out. Then the large group, escorted by police with a Blackhawk helicopter circling overhead, will march down the street to the state Capitol. There, the plan is to present stacks of the signed petitions – declarations of support for MMP – to Gov. Schweitzer and lawmakers.

The day’s events will also feature an appearance from a popular Billings radio personality, drummers, fire trucks, live music and a diverse cross-section of young MMP supporters, including a strong showing of American Indians, Shea said.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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