League of Women Voters of
Issue: February 2010
Editors: Marian Hayes & Jean Wood
Notes from the President – Rebecca Lambert
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1 PRESIDENT’S NOTES February 14th marks the 90th anniversary of the League of Women Voters on
2 2010 CENSUS a national level. It is no coincidence that our anniversary is on a day that is
3 NATIONAL CONVENTION represented with a heart, as the League of Women Voters is at the heart of
4 CLIMATE CHANGE
making democracy work. In part, the League was created to “make
democracy so safe for the nation that every citizen may feel secure.” It is
5 ALERTS, NOTICES,
WEBSITES, MEMBERSHIP with a strong heart that our members are dedicated to this call through
participating, and encouraging participation, in government from all
citizens. As the 90th anniversary gets closer, our commitment to the
community is unwavering and we grow stronger every year.
Friday, Feb. 5th, 1:00pm However, we cannot grow alone and your help is important to us. Join us on
University Center Board Rm
Don’t Forget – New Location
February 25th for an evening of Chocolate and Wine at Café Paulista. They
won first prize at the Greer Chocolate Fest and were in the top ten at Fall
LWV Fundraiser for Greenville. You are guaranteed a great time and you will be supporting
Mark Your Calendar an organization dedicated to grassroots, hands-on work to safeguard
Thursday, Feb. 25th democracy.
7:00 to 9:00pm
Wine & Chocolate Desserts
I know that our 90th year will be great, and that what happens in 2010 will
Café Paulista Grille
Wade Hampton Blvd.
impact the direction of our community for years to come. We will continue
$50 a person / $90 a couple our work in registering voters, candidate forums, and voter education. We
See Audrie Earl w/questions will also expand our new Observer Corps program to become a more visible
resource in the community. And our heart will grow stronger and carry us
Next Monthly Meeting all on for at least another ninety years.
Friday, Mar. 5th, 1:00pm
University Center Board Rm
Don’t Forget – New Location
Fri. Apr 16 – The Cascades
LWVSC Council Meeting
Sat. April 24 , Columbia
LWV National Convention
Fri. June 11 – Tue. June 15
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An Introduction to the 2010 Census
Counting Everyone Once — and Only Once — and In the Right Place
The foundation of our American democracy is dependent on fair and equitable
representation in Congress. In order to achieve an accurate assessment of the
number and location of the people living within the nation’s borders, the U.S.
Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years.
The census population totals determine which states gain or lose representation in
Congress. It also determines the amount of state and federal funding communities
receive over the course of the decade. 2010 Census data will directly affect how
more than $4 trillion is allocated to local, state and tribal governments over the next
10 years. In order for this funding allocation to be accomplished fairly and
accurately, the goal of the decennial census is to count everybody, count them only
once, and count them in the right place. The facts gathered in the census also help
shape decisions for the rest of the decade about public health, neighborhood
improvements, transportation, education, senior services and much more.
Reaching an Increasingly Diverse Population
The goal of the 2010 Census is to count all residents living in the United States on
April 1, 2010. The U.S. Census Bureau does not ask about the legal status of
respondents in any of its surveys and census programs. To help ensure the nation’s
increasingly diverse population can answer the questionnaire accurately and
completely, about 13 million bilingual Spanish/English forms will be mailed to
housing units in neighborhoods identified as requiring high levels of Spanish
assistance. Additionally, questionnaires in Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Korean,
Vietnamese and Russian ⎯ as well as language guides in 59 languages ⎯ will be
available on request.
Recruiting Census Workers
By 2010, there will be an estimated 310 million people residing in the United
States. Counting each person is one of the largest operations the federal
government undertakes. For example, the Census Bureau will recruit nearly 3.8
million applicants for 2010 Census field operations. Of these applicants, the Census
Bureau will hire about 1.4 million temporary employees. Some of these employees
will be using GPS-equipped hand-held computers to update maps and ensure there
is an accurate address list for the mailing of the census questionnaires.
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10 Questions, 10 Minutes to Complete
With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 Census asks for name,
gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home. It
takes only about 10 minutes for the average household to complete. Questions about
how we live as a nation ⎯ our diversity, education, housing, jobs and more ⎯ are now
covered in the American Community Survey, which is conducted every year
throughout the decade and replaces the Census 2000 long-form questionnaire.
The Census Responses to the 2010 Census questionnaire are required by law. All responses are
information and the used for statistical purposes only, and all are strictly confidential.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES
49TH NATIONAL CONVENTION JUNE 11-15, 2010
Update” sent by MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK:
Mary Wilson, A HISTORY OF CHANGE. A FUTURE OF HOPE.
LWVUS – President,
The LWVUS invites all members to join fellow Leaguers from 50 states, the
January 7, 2010.
Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong to celebrate 90 remarkable years
of League achievements and chart the course for the next biennium of League
All League members are invited to attend Convention, but Presidents of local,
state and ILO Leagues appoint their allotted delegates. Non-voting members
can be part of the excitement as the Convention delegate body debates and
adopts the 2010-2012 National Program, the LWVUS Budget for the next
fiscal year, and amendments to the LWVUS Bylaws. Delegates will also be
choosing the LWVUS Board officers, directors and nominating committee for
the next biennium.
Convention 2010 site, the Marriott Atlanta Marquis, is located in the
downtown area known as Atlanta's heartbeat. It's where you can experience
the world's largest aquarium, relax in Centennial Olympic Park, tour CNN
Worldwide , and enjoy myriad dining, cultural and shopping experiences.
Nearby are the President Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and the Martin
Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Visitors Center. For detailed
information on this fabulous metropolis, visit the website www.Atlanta.net
and click on 50 Things to do in Atlanta. Do plan to arrive early or stay a few
extra days to explore the many attractions the Atlanta area has to offer.
The Marriott Atlanta Marquis recently completed a $120 million renovation
including a new Ballroom and meeting rooms on the Atrium level which will
accommodate all of the LWVUS Convention events. Guests enter the hotel
and a soaring 50 story atrium, and can check-in at the front desk or at a self-
serve interactive kiosk which produces your room key with a swipe of a credit
card. Hotel restaurants include a Starbucks Café, SEAR for breakfast, lunch
and dinner and the M-Shop Deli. The hotel has an indoor/outdoor pool and a
Health Club and Spa. A 2 minute walk on a indoor covered pathway leads to
Peachtree Center, with over 60 restaurants and shops. For more information
please call 404-521-0000 or visit www.Atlantamarquis.com
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This is the second in a series of articles on Climate Change in South
Carolina. While Climate Change is a national and global concern, it strongly
affects South Carolina, too. This article focuses on loss of wildlife habitat and
increased risks to human health. Articles following this month will focus on
loss of tourism, conservation, renewable energy, and a plan of action. We
hope you find the series thought-provoking and will let your elected officials
know how you feel about Climate Change.
Watching Out for Wildlife
South Carolina is blessed with a variety of wildlife species that provide hunting
and other recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. More than one
million hunters and anglers enjoy their pastimes here and spend nearly $2 billion
a year while they're at it.
“Southern Pine Beetles: Rising temperatures will put South Carolina's wildlife populations, and the
Extended droughts and economic opportunity they bring, in jeopardy. For example, many of the water
warmer winters could fowl and popular hunting game that migrate through our state breed in the vast
mean greater numbers of wetland regions of the Midwest. Warmer temperatures increasing evaporation
these beetles that there will weaken America's "duck factory" as well as South Carolina's hunting
threaten South Carolina's economy.
Warmer seasons also benefit aggressive pest species that threaten South
Carolina's pine forests, which are home to hunting game and other wildlife
species. Southern Pine Beetles, for example, are incredibly destructive to pine
trees, and they thrive in drought conditions. The beetles burrow into trees, often
introducing harmful fungi that kill the trees. Mild winters and more frequent
droughts create inviting conditions for these pests. The beetles aren't foreign to
South Carolina, but a hotter climate means more beetles, which mean more dead
trees and less wildlife habitat.
Hunters Heating Up
A 2006 poll of hunters and anglers by the South Carolina Wildlife
Federation found that:
68 percent agree that global warming is an urgent problem
requiring immediate action
65 percent believe that global warming is a serious threat to fish
90 percent support the development of a statewide energy policy
that encourages the development and use of alternative fuels and
renewable sources of energy.
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Human Health at Risk
Warmer temperatures don't threaten just South Carolina's wildlife habitat and
the creatures that live in our forests, skies, and streams. Warmer temperatures
also put human health at risk.
With summer temperatures on the rise, heat related illnesses are an increasing
Urge Congress to take
public health threat. The summer of 2007 will stand out as a reminder of how
uncomfortable and hazardous a sweltering heat wave can be. In August 2007,
cities across South Carolina experienced record breaking temperatures, with
heat indexes approaching 120° F along the coast. Some hospitals along the
coast reported increases in heat-related emergency room visits during the heat
Contact your state
wave. Even moderate heat waves tend to keep people indoors, which isn't good
for a state whose economy is based on outdoor activity.
In 2003, Europe experienced a record heat wave during one of their hottest
summers on record (at the time). Lack of preparation led to nearly 30,000
deaths, mostly in France. Climate change isn't responsible for all weather-
related disasters, but it is causing them to occur more frequently and more
powerfully. To reduce the likelihood of such catastrophic events, we must
reduce our global warming pollution.
Hotter summers and increased precipitation create the perfect habitat for
mosquitoes and other pests that carry infectious diseases. Given increasingly
favorable conditions, West Nile Virus has already been introduced to the
Palmetto State. In the past few years, the virus and the mosquitoes that carry it
have become endemic in South Carolina.
In 2002, Louisiana experienced an outbreak of West Nile Virus that infected
more than 300 people. Although human cases of West Nile Virus remain
relatively low in South Carolina, climate change could turn our state into
another breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying this disease.
Smog and Respiratory Illnesses
Ground-level ozone (smog) forms when air pollution mixes with heat and
sunlight. Higher in the atmosphere, ozone protects us from the sun's harmful
ultraviolet rays, but at ground level it is dangerous to breathe and is a leading
factor contributing to asthma.
On bad air days with high ground-level ozone, children, the elderly, and those
with existing respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activities because
of ozone's harmful effects.
The same automobiles and smokestacks that spew out global warming pollution
also contribute to ground level ozone. Cities across South Carolina are working
to clean up the air pollution that causes ozone, but climate change could undo
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much of that hard work. Since heat is a primary factor in the formation of
ground-level ozone, or smog, increased temperatures could create more of this air
In 2007, the Natural Resources Defense Council released Heat Advisory: How
experience a doubling
Global Warming Causes More Bad Air Days. This report shows that Greenville
in the number of "bad
could experience a doubling in the number of "bad air days” when air pollution
air days” when air exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency's health-based standards. Reducing
pollution exceeds the smog-forming pollution is essential in order to prevent bad air days from
Asthma: By the Numbers
$2,500 - The approximate average cost of each asthma-related emergency
visit in South Carolina in 2005.
25,000 - The approximate number of asthma-related emergency room
visits in South Carolina in 2005.
$150 million - The annual cost that South Carolinians incur to treat
children and young adults with asthma.
The article above is in part from the South Carolina Guide to Climate Change, Author: Colin R. Hagan,
Technical Support: Andrew Mansbach, Consultant: Jennifer S. Rennicks.
Support for the South Carolina Guide to Climate Change project was made possible by a Compton Mentor
Fellowship from the Compton Foundation, Inc. The following organizations and individuals provided
assistance: Back Porch Energy Initiative; Dr. Greg Carbone, University of South Carolina, Department of
Geography; Dr. Robert Ball; Kitchen Table Climate Study Group; The Sustainability Institute; the staffs of
the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Upstate Forever.
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The Affordable Health Care for America Act has passed the House and
Senate. A compromise bill must now be worked out. The League of
Women Voters believes the passage of this bill, while not perfect, is a
historic step that needs to be supported.
Contact our Senators and Representative, today!
Senator Lindsey Graham (202) 224-5972
Senator Jim DeMint (202) 224-6121
Representative Bob Inglis (202) 225-6030
Go to the website http://greenvilleco.sc.lwvnet.org under Your Elected
Officials and choose the Federal Government page. There is an e-mail link
you may “click on” to write them.
Pages are being added to our website: http://greenvilleco.sc.lwvnet.org.
Look for the following City Council pages: Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greer,
Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Travelers Rest under Your Elected Officials. We
have added an Observer Corps Calendar of Public Events page as well. Find it
under the Calendar listing. You may download the new 2010 Guide to Elected
Officials for Greenville, South Carolina from the Home page.
Web Site statistics New
show strong Website Usage Report Meeting
This report lists the activity in each month. Date
Each unit ( ) represents 20 requests for pages or part thereof.
month: #reqs: #pages:
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Aug 2009: 23: 12:
Sep 2009: 640: 503:
Oct 2009: 1046: 796:
Nov 2009: 873: 634:
Dec 2009: 872: 703:
Jan 2010: 717: 622:
Busiest month: Oct 2009 (796 requests for pages).
This report is current as of January 20, 2010.
“Try out the new Greenville Co. LWV: http://greenvilleco.sc.lwvnet.org
Greenville web site.” State LWV: http://lwvsc.org
National LWV: http://lwv.org
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