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					                                              League of Women Voters of
                                                  Greenville County
                                                            Issue: February 2010

                                                 Editors: Marian Hayes & Jean Wood

                                Notes from the President – Rebecca Lambert
INSIDE THIS ISSUE                           864-630-3769

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
                              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
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.
Monthly Meeting
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

Voter Registration
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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League of Women Voters of Greenville County                                                       Page 3

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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.
     49th National
Convention information
      came from
                         49TH NATIONAL CONVENTION JUNE 11-15, 2010
  “League Leader’s
   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
                         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
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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.

                            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.
      pine forests.”
                            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
                                    and wildlife
                                 90 percent support the development of a statewide energy policy
                                    that encourages the development and use of alternative fuels and
                                    renewable sources of energy.
League of Women Voters of Greenville County                                                     Page 5

                        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.

                        Heat-Related Illnesses
                        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.

                        Infectious Diseases
                        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
   “Greenville could
                         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
    Environmental        increasing.
 Protection Agency's
                         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.

                         Happy Birthday!
League of Women Voters of Greenville County                                                  Page 7

                        ACTION ALERTS!
                        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 under Your Elected
                        Officials and choose the Federal Government page. There is an e-mail link
                        you may “click on” to write them.

                        Website Enhancements
                        Pages are being added to our website:
                        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.

                        Web Sites
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