Wednesday’s editorial encourages readers to send in their
census this week.
By now, folks who have been paying
any attention realize something of the importance of participating in the
nationwide census under way. They now also understand the truth about what Uncle
Sam wants to know about residents – how many people reside at a given address,
ages, gender and race – and perhaps were surprised to find no questions about
income and other personal information.
The Constitution requires counting
the number of residents every 10 years to determine the makeup of congressional
districts. With its increased population, South Carolina
may have a seventh U.S.
representative. North Carolina
also could gain a seat as happened after the 2000 Census. Such gains come at
the expense of Northern states such as Illinois,
which has lost at least one seat following the past several censuses. The total
number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives remains at 435. The
population of a state or city also determines how much money the entity
receives in some programs. In short, people not counted will shortchange an
area on its share of $400 billion in federal funds for emergency services
(think hurricanes), hospitals, senior centers and public works. Not
participating in the 2010 Census is foolhardy. The Census Bureau has
consistently said the information given is strictly confidential – it is not
passed on to other government agencies.
and Myrtle Beach
are promoting participation. Events are scheduled in two more Myrtle Beach neighborhoods, 6 p.m. today,
Fire Station No. 6 at 970 38th
Ave. N. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Station No. 3 at 2108 S. Kings Highway.
Participation rates have improved
from 2000 with Georgetown
already at 66 percent, from 48 percent in 2000. Horry County’s
rate on Tuesday was 61 percent, two points better than on Friday and four
points better than in 2000. Brunswick
County, N.C., is at
69 percent, above the national average of 66 percent. Residents can check the
response rate at http://2010.census.gov, which has an interactive map.
The mail phase of the 2010 Census
ends this week, and next month U.S. Census Bureau workers will begin the
months-long process of visiting known addresses from which no form has been
received. And by the way, residents using a mail form other than one received
from the U.S. Census Bureau likely will be visited by a government worker to
verify the information.
Scholars Academy recognized
A tip of The Sun News hat to the
Scholars Academy of Horry County Schools and Coastal Carolina
University. The school
district received an honorable mention in the 16th annual Magna Awards of the
American School Board Journal. High school students may earn up to two years of
college credits. Horry County Schools’ entry, “Dare to Know: The Scholars
Academy,” was selected in the enrollment of 20,000 and above category. The two
other categories are 5,000 to 20,000 and less than 5,000 students.