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Posted: January 8, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Our thoughts... Senseless census

 "The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out."

 — Ralph Waldo Emerson

 According to the Bible, governments have performed censuses since ancient times. In fact, Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem in order to be counted for a census when Jesus was born.

 Fortunately it is a lot easier to be counted in today’s world than in those early days.

 We agree that a regular census is needed in our country and we support that it takes place every 10 years.

 This year the census report will contain only 10 questions as opposed to the pages that we have filled out in the past.

 The one thing we don’t agree with this year is that no one will be asked the question if they are a legal citizen of this country. For the government to count non-legal citizens of this country is a slap in the face of all taxpaying citizens of this country.

 In counting illegal aliens and treating them the same as legal law abiding citizens of this country, the census report will provide false information that can be used by unscrupulous politicians and also will not be statistically reliable.

 This practice is wrong and completely foreign to the wishes of the founding fathers of this country. It was under George Washington's presidency that the census began in 1790.

 The practice of counting illegal aliens will lead to further manipulation of voting districts by elected officials, which alone makes the 2010 census a joke.

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