Is the American Community Survey hiding something sinister?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I agree with Scott McDermott’s letter in the July 3 edition that we should “better appreciate Greenwich’s trees.” Would it that others in Greenwich felt likewise.

In the last 15-20 years, invasive plants have destroyed gorgeous trees growing along Cos Cob’s Mianus River. Soil erosion is evident and might be impacting Valley Road. Occasionally a local resident eliminates some invasive plants, but the invaders are too large and numerous to be tackled by one person.

My numerous pleas to Town Hall have brought no action. It almost appears as though someone wants the area to become rundown and afford opportunities to “developers.”

That proverbial dot connects to an evil screed called the “American Community Survey.” It purports to help decide where to locate highways, schools, hospitals, etc. and “show a large corporation that a town has the workforce the company needs.”

Said corporation isn’t named. Most of the detailed questions seem unrelated to the survey’s purported aim. The “Housing” section asks, along with questions about my gas bill and my toilets, for fine details of my computers and Internet activity. For how much do I think I could sell my home? Or am I a mere transient? Do my grandchildren live with me?

The survey wants details of my education, mental ability, and emotional condition. My job, work-absence, or employment-search, and my VA benefits if any.  My race, ethnicity, and origin are investigated in detail.

The survey has 48 questions, most of which befit a much longer survey. I therefore conclude the survey isn’t for our benefit. It smacks of targeting a place for nefarious deeds  and wanting to know my potential ability and willingness to resist them.


Gila Eban
Cos Cob

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