Regarding a Gazette-Times article for Aug. 16, reported by James Day, regarding a census committee being formed and on which the Corvallis mayor might become a member: In the article the mayor is quoted stating, “every citizen needs to be counted.” Clearly that is not correct. Citizenship is not a requirement to be counted on the census. Perhaps the mayor may not be the best candidate for the proposed regional committee.

The reporter erred in not checking the mayor's statement before publication.

On Aug. 17, the newspaper issued a “Correction/Clarification” (including a misspelled word) regarding the mayor's gaffe of the day before. But the reference is that census takers will not ask residents a question regarding U.S. citizenship. That's a left-handed attempt at apology, clearly off the mark and it in no way excuses the mayor from his ignorance of the requirements of the census. Or is the Gazette-Times a professional apologist for the mayor?

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Emily Dashiell

Corvallis (Aug. 25)

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