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Concerned about census

 

 

Have you been counted in the Census? There appears to be whole neighborhoods missing from the census log books: 

 

I live just outside of the city of Starkville and I had not been contacted for the census by person, mail, or door hanger. I knew that the census was almost over. Therefore, Tuesday, July 6th, I called the census office in Tupelo where I spoke with a very nice lady. 

 

After much searching, she couldn''t find me in the system. Nor could she find neighbors along Old Hwy 12. She did find three others with an Old Hwy 12 address, and an apartment complex up the street. She also said there were only three additions (houses built between the initial mapping and actual enumeration) listed for Oktibbeha County, one of which was in Maben. I may be wrong, but I do believe that more than three houses were built in two years. 

 

This is frightening. Many things depend on the census. It appears to me that there is at least one whole neighborhood left out of the census all together, and possibly many more situations just like this all over.  

 

I contacted State Rep. Dannie Reed and U.S Rep. Gregg Harper''s Starkville office and both are working on it. I''ve e-mailed the Oktibbeha County Supervisors and other elected officials. I contacted Tim Pratt with the Starkville Dispatch and he went to work on the problem. I''ve also contacted other news outlets. 

 

I realize that other things may be more important but, as I was told by the lady in the Tupelo census office, there is a deadline in August. If someone does not take this on in short order, we may not have a good census.  

 

I hope that it''s just a fluke, a simple mistake, or actually an IT problem rather than some sinister effort to control the count. Citizen anger is building because we''re in such a position that we fear our government.  

 

It appears that our U.S. Congress is becoming irrelevant. Re-election is all that matters. Fear of government at all levels is increasing. As citizens we have to be vigilant. 

 

We are seeking information of others who have not received a census form or been contacted by a census worker.  

 

Please let me know if you''ve not been visited by a census worker or sent a form to fill out: starkvilleteaparty@gmail.com or call me @ 418-8115. 

 

Gary Chesser 

 

Starkville

 

 

 

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Article Comment patty commented at 7/14/2010 12:34:00 PM:

I too did not receive a Census form, but the mobile home located next door received two. One addressed to the street address, and the second to "trailer" at the street address. I used the duplicate from the SECOND mail-out, amending the address, etc. I haven't heard back, so apparently that was ok. Obviously some sloppy work by the workers sent out to survey the area and make sure that the lists were complete. Sounds like your problem has the same origin; shame - they were very well paid!

 

Article Comment sharp nasal kent commented at 7/14/2010 1:55:00 PM:

Why do you care if you didn't get a form? I thought Michelle Bachmann and Glen Beck and Rand Paul ordered all you tea people not to fill out the census because it'll lead to internment in Obama's death camps. Perhaps you should consider yourself lucky.

 

Article Comment kj commented at 7/15/2010 2:09:00 PM:

it is pretty important for Mississippi to count as many people as possible, since we're a welfare state that collects twice as much in federal taxes as we pay.

 

Article Comment raider commented at 7/15/2010 8:36:00 PM:

Since you fear the government so much, you should avoid the census. You shouldn't worry about it anyway. The government had a illegal alien answer and return your census form for you. They were just trying to help you out. You should look at it as...they were doing a job that many americans won't do. Especially tea party whiners, that don't trust their government.

 

Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/16/2010 10:47:00 AM:

If you want to know about the Census and how it really acts I suggest you sign up to work it next time.

Or, you can take it from someone, like me, who has been involved in it twice now. I did the Census in 1990, and then I signed up for it again this time around. In 1990 it went pretty well, but this time around is a mess.

I was hired in a group that was to go door to door and there were hundreds of us hired. There were nearly 80 in my group alone. We went through the training, and were told we'd be called when our background checks were completed.

Weeks went by and no one called. I finally called them and was told they had "over-hired hundreds of people" and then discovered they "weren't needed." So with it costing anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to nearly a thousand depending on how far you had to drive back and forth to training, you should be able to see how wisely your tax dollars are being wasted.

We were also told there was another phase after this one and "we might can use you there."

I still have all their books, office supplies, and stuff laying on my kitchen table, and as pathetic as this whole experience has been this time I hope to never hear from them again.

What's the difference this time as opposed to the 1990 Census, you ask? Other than a few questions having been left off from the 1990 version, the only difference is the Census this time seems to be using a much larger minority group.

Make of it what you will.

 

Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/16/2010 7:08:00 PM:

Oh, I almost forgot to mention this part.

According to a Census Supervisor, the 2000 Census in Mississippi was done so badly that the state lost a Representative and millions upon millions of federal dollars.

My guess is you'll suffer this time too.

 

Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/16/2010 7:10:00 PM:

Raider, please come back when you get a clue. You're a mo and it's showing.

 

Article Comment sharp nasal kent commented at 7/17/2010 7:23:00 AM:

Weeks went by and no one called.

Maybe it was your sparkling personality, Roscoe.

 

Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/17/2010 9:37:00 AM:

Uh, having reading comprehension problems again Kent? Maybe bigger letters will help.

I CALLED THE OFFICE AND WAS TOLD I WAS IN A GROUP OF HUNDREDS THAT WERE OVER-HIRED, AND THEY FOUND OUT AFTER HIRING US WE WERE NOT NEEDED.

Get help if I used any words that were too big for you to sound out.

 

Article Comment sharp nasal kent commented at 7/17/2010 9:59:00 AM:

I CALLED THE OFFICE AND WAS TOLD I WAS IN A GROUP OF HUNDREDS THAT WERE OVER-HIRED, AND THEY FOUND OUT AFTER HIRING US WE WERE NOT NEEDED.

MAYBE THEY ONLY TOLD YOU THAT BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T LIKE YOU AND DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE TO WORK WITH YOU.

 

Article Comment doj commented at 7/17/2010 11:13:00 AM:

@kent & roscoe --- You children play nice now!!!!!

 

Article Comment sharp nasal kent commented at 7/17/2010 5:05:00 PM:

@kent & roscoe --- You children play nice now!!!!!

But he started it!

 

Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/18/2010 6:49:00 AM:

They didn't know me Kent, and there were HUNDREDS of us. Let me guess, you're a product of cousins?

Typical mo' of a Mississippian. I'm trying to tell you of a situation that will not only determine how many Representatives you will have but will be used to figure how much federal money you will get, and your ignorant backside wants to be cute?

If not a product of cousins you are certainly of aunts and uncles.

 

Article Comment sharp nasal kent commented at 7/18/2010 8:05:00 AM:

Roscoe, this may shock you, but the fact that you didn't participate in the census doesn't mean it was flawed.

 

Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/19/2010 7:48:00 AM:

Kent, this may shock you but the facts I mentioned about the census are first hand accounts. The quote given about Mississippi losing a Rep. and money came from a higher up regional supervisor who was in the 2000 Census.

You see there are whole neighborhoods who did not even receive a form.

I already told you about HUNDREDS of people being hired, trained, and not used all at taxpayer expense.

And now your deduction is that I think the census is flawed because I wasn't used???

Are you just stupid?

 

Article Comment sharp nasal kent commented at 7/19/2010 9:02:00 AM:

Sure, Roscoe, sure. "First hand accounts" from your very important friends. Do tell us more about the vast conspiracy to deprive Mississippi of federal dollars and representation. Maybe you can make your own version of "JFK."

 

Article Comment stormy commented at 7/20/2010 3:39:00 AM:

Well I did not get a census form, living outside Columbus. I have a Post Office Box and have never recieved a census form. Don't they like people with PO Boxes? Even no one from the hundreds has knocked on my door. I am truley feeling slighted now... I WANT TO COUNT!!

 

Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/20/2010 8:35:00 AM:

Did you wear a helmet a lot as a kid Kent? Are you wearing one now? The quote was by who I said it was and was made during her part of the training session.

No one said conspiracy. What I did say was there were far more minorities involved this time than there was in 1990, and given the fact you can't even get the aforementioned minority to hand you a hot hamburger in the drive-thru I think you can expect the same low level of effort made if they work the Census too. You don't like it?? Too bad.

Personally, I don't give a crap what happens to this state as a result of the Census. I mention it in an effort to make you aware of how shabby the whole operation is being done this time around and in the past.

If you prefer to keep your head in the sand, that's your problem.

 

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