I thought, "Great! They've sent it already, just when I started hearing about how important it is. Perfect timing!"
I forgot this is the U.S. census. What they sent isn't the census. It's a letter telling me I'll be receiving the census in about a week.
Did they realize that if I'm interested in rendering information unto Caesar like the good citizen I am, this letter would be mildly disappointing?
Did they consider that if I'm the type who's uninterested or solidly against participating in the census, a heads-up letter isn't any more likely to cause me to participate?
Do they have any basis for believing it's useful to send an advance letter? Or are they just guessing?
How many trees did it take to send out these letters? Printing costs? Postage?
And how much extra trash goes into the landfill when people simply throw the useless letter away?
Wouldn't it just be better to put big red letters on the actual envelope? May I suggest something like:
THIS IS YOUR CENSUS!
Or is it just me?