The Town of Charlestown authorized expenditure of $74,000 to survey its citizens for their priorities on spending the budget surplus. Frank Glista fears a random sampling will deny a majority of the public a voice, and suggests a random sampling is intended to hoodwink the public (Letters to the editor, Tuesday, Oct. 15).
In fact, a properly designed random sampling is a mathematically defensible and cost-effective method for arriving at a general opinion. It even allows an estimate of the margin of error. There is nothing to fear from a properly designed random sampling to arrive at global opinion.