INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE RANKS MARION, BEST PLACE TO LIVE

2-14-16

Greetings Jim Burke, Cedar  Rapids Gazette Publisher and all—

The 2-7-16 Gazette editorial contained 900 words and graphics filling 1 ¼  pages about the best places to live.  It had an average Integrity Index Score of only 260, on a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops.  The editorial did not include the ‘integrity’ word and said: ……..we're asking for your help.

Well, Jim, the Gazette editors asked for it and here is some help!  You should find it useful if you have any influence on them.  If you read their editorial, you noticed they never mentioned the following conditions for best places to live.  Instead  they cited,  “They are inclusive, cooperative and transparent etc., etc.”  and many other non-measurable conditions.  And of course they cited no performance measures for evaluating the best places.    The following fills the void. 

A FEW MEASURABLE CONDITIONS, OR CONVENIENT ACCESS TO THEM,  FOR BEST PLACES TO LIVE  

1.    low taxes,

2.    internationally competitive schools (Iowa schools are far below this level)

3.    high operating efficiency

4.    high integrity

5.    low cost of living

6.    no drugs and little crime

7.    low cost of suitable day care or home care

8.    favorable trends

9.    affordable recreation facilities

The above conditions should help make the best places to live.   The table below includes all of these and all other conditions as well.  It was derived using Iowalive’s proprietary algorithms and data base.  Scores show great room for improvement of all places.

HOW TO DETERMINE THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE

1.    Establish an Integrity Index Score as the Performance Measure for determining the best possible place to live. 

a.    Integrity is adherence to moral and ethics principles—which include everything

b.      Iowalive developed and has used the Integrity Index Score, on  a scale of  0 to 1,000 tops successfully for over 7 years.  Here are 5 examples, yet to be refuted:

INTEGRITY RANKING OF IOWA COUNTIES

INTEGRITY & OPERATING EFFICIENCIES OF IA CASINOS

INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE RANKINGS FOR 441 IOWA NURSING HOMES

MAYOR "SNOOKS" BOUSKA SAVED MARION TAXPAYERS $4.4 MILLION

2003-2004 ia. school honesty/integrity rankings

 c.     The higher the integrity score, the better—EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN RED

d.    The Gazette used the ‘integrity’ word for the first known time in this headline, “Judicial branch fails integrity test” on 12-27-15.

                       i.     If integrity applies to judges it certainly applies to everyone and everything involved—including the best place to live

2.    Apply the Performance Measure to several different places to live to determine what a GOOD ONE LOOKS LIKE.  See table below.

3.    Apply the Performance Measure to all proposed changes and improvements to a place to live—to avoid making gains at the expense of others

4.    Adhere to this quote:  W. T. (Lord) Kelvin (1891) Popular Lectures and Addresses “....WHEN YOU CAN MEASURE WHAT YOU ARE SPEAKING ABOUT AND CAN EXPRESS IT IN NUMBERS, YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT IT, BUT WHEN YOU CANNOT EXPRESS IT IN NUMBERS YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS OF A MEAGRE AND UNSATISFACTORY KIND.”  

5.    Apply the Performance Measure consistently and assess continuous improvements

6.    The Performance Measure considers the person when determining the best place to live

7.    It also considers trends over time

The following table was prepared for an assortment of Iowa places to live, consistent with the above items. 

THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE, DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ARE

The Integrity Index Score Performance Measure Includes Everything and Everyone

ALL INCLUSIVE INTEGRITY INDEX SCORES DEFINE WHICH OF ASSORTED PLACES ARE BEST TO LIVE IN IOWA.  MARION IS #1.  Source:  Iowalive  2-13-16

Average Score Rank of 41 Total Places

ASSORTMENT OF PLACES TO LIVE IN IOWA

AVERAGE INTEGRITY INDEX SCORES,  ON A SCALE OF 0 TO 1,000 TOPS,  FOR:

Parents With Children

Seniors

All  Others Except Criminals

Criminals

Average Except Criminals

5

Amana

305

325

305

0

312

33

Ames

170

150

305

0

208

21

Anamosa

205

310

285

0

267

36

Atkins

210

150

210

0

190

37

Baxter

150

150

270

0

190

3

Bertram

310

315

315

0

313

27

Cedar Rapids

310

250

150

380

237

7

Center Point

310

300

305

0

305

31

Central City

240

150

260

160

217

4

Coggon

315

310

315

0

313

40

Council Bluffs

70

200

280

305

183

18

Davenport

240

280

290

280

270

30

Des Moines

100

305

270

370

225

34

Dubuque

105

215

305

270

208

6

Ely

305

320

305

0

310

6

Fairfax

310

320

305

0

312

2

Hiawatha

320

410

305

0

345

24

Iowa City

215

200

310

190

242

12

Lisbon

260

305

290

0

285

1

Marion

390

405

310

0

368

8

Mason City

280

320

310

220

303

11

Monticello

250

310

305

0

288

22

Mt. Vernon

380

150

270

0

267

13

Newhall

290

250

305

0

282

28

Ottumwa

100

290

305

20

232

17

Palo

310

200

305

0

272

38

Prairieburg

100

150

305

0

185

26

Robins

250

200

270

0

240

9

Roland

310

310

280

0

300

32

Sioux City

210

220

215

380

215

14

Springville

310

260

270

0

280

10

Story City

305

310

270

0

295

19

Swisher

360

150

295

0

268

16

Urbana

250

310

270

0

277

15

Vinton

210

315

315

0

280

41

Viola

100

100

210

0

137

20

Walker

210

290

305

0

268

35

Waterloo

110

210

305

340

208

39

West Des Moines

100

150

305

60

185

23

Whittier

305

150

310

0

255

25

Wolford

210

205

310

0

242

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

Cost for Qualified Professionals  to Prepare the Contents of This Table is at Least $.4 Million

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them

 

RANK ORDER OF MANY PLACES TO LIVE IN IOWA

CEDAR RAPIDS RANKS 27TH AND HAS GAZETTE EDITOR’S ATTENTION FOR GOOD REASONS—BUT THEIR  SCOPE IS FLAWED

Marion’s new mayor inherited the best place to live.  What he will do to improve it, and the criteria he uses, remain to be seen.   Marion is one of the faster growing cities in Iowa.

ALL INCLUSIVE INTEGRITY INDEX SCORES DEFINE WHICH OF ASSORTED PLACES ARE BEST TO LIVE IN IOWA.  MARION IS #1.  Source:  Iowalive  2-13-16

Average Score Rank of 41 Total Places

ASSORTMENT OF PLACES TO LIVE IN IOWA

AVERAGE INTEGRITY INDEX SCORES,  ON A SCALE OF 0 TO 1,000 TOPS,  FOR:

Parents With Children

Seniors

All  Others Except Criminals

Criminals

Average Except Criminals

1

Marion

390

405

310

0

368

2

Hiawatha

320

410

305

0

345

3

Bertram

310

315

315

0

313

4

Coggon

315

310

315

0

313

5

Amana

305

325

305

0

312

6

Ely

305

320

305

0

310

6

Fairfax

310

320

305

0

312

7

Center Point

310

300

305

0

305

8

Mason City

280

320

310

220

303

9

Roland

310

310

280

0

300

10

Story City

305

310

270

0

295

11

Monticello

250

310

305

0

288

12

Lisbon

260

305

290

0

285

13

Newhall

290

250

305

0

282

14

Springville

310

260

270

0

280

15

Vinton

210

315

315

0

280

16

Urbana

250

310

270

0

277

17

Palo

310

200

305

0

272

18

Davenport

240

280

290

280

270

19

Swisher

360

150

295

0

268

20

Walker

210

290

305

0

268

21

Anamosa

205

310

285

0

267

22

Mt. Vernon

380

150

270

0

267

23

Whittier

305

150

310

0

255

24

Iowa City

215

200

310

190

242

25

Wolford

210

205

310

0

242

26

Robins

250

200

270

0

240

27

Cedar Rapids

310

250

150

380

237

28

Ottumwa

100

290

305

20

232

30

Des Moines

100

305

270

370

225

31

Central City

240

150

260

160

217

32

Sioux City

210

220

215

380

215

33

Ames

170

150

305

0

208

34

Dubuque

105

215

305

270

208

35

Waterloo

110

210

305

340

208

36

Atkins

210

150

210

0

190

37

Baxter

150

150

270

0

190

38

Prairieburg

100

150

305

0

185

39

West Des Moines

100

150

305

60

185

40

Council Bluffs

70

200

280

305

183

41

Viola

100

100

210

0

137

Integrity is Adherence to Moral and Ethics Principles.  The Antonym of Integrity is Evil

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on Website: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm

Cost for Qualified Professionals  to Prepare the Contents of This Table is at Least $1.4 Million

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them

Sincerely,

Iowalive     A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa.