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CENSUS DATA AREN’T UNNECESSARY

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I couldn't believe my eyes when I read your editorial "Go back to basics on the census" on Aug. 24. While I agree that much information on the census is unnecessary, you must know how important people's ages, marital status, race and ancestry are to those of us working on our genealogy.

That a newspaper owned by the LDS Church would miss these facts is nothing short of incredible. Is this information not essential? Do you know how many decades it has been since we have not asked people's ages, marital status and places of birth on the census?Those earlier censuses (pre-1850) are not nearly as helpful as censuses that list more vital information. Please think before you encourage something that might have extreme consequences.

Linda Hansen

Kearns