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To the Editor:

"Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with." - Iron Man

Nursing is the path we have chosen. As nurses, we come to work every day, every shift, and provide compassionate care for our patients and families. We are the voice of the voiceless, and advocates for safety and quality.

Nurses are with patients celebrating the joy of a new baby as we are with patients who are in pain or dealing with a frightening diagnosis. We relieve suffering, and comfort families who have lost a loved one. Our hearts lead us even though we may be in protective garb, or over the phone or a video chat. We can and do remain vigilant, and centered on improving the lives we touch.

It is a privilege to witness and celebrate nursing super heroes, those nurses on the frontlines who deliver care and compassion no matter what. Today, in a time where there is a lot of "what" to overcome, they are loyal and steadfast to our guiding principles and the highest moral standards.

Our nurses are super heroes in the truest sense of those words.

During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and every day we commemorate our nurses, and the care they deliver at Memorial Health, and in our community. You are a blessing and inspiration for us all.

Todd Isbell, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Chief Nursing Officer, Memorial Health

To the Editor:

Census Day was April 1, so you might have thought that the deadline for being counted in the U.S. Census had passed. It is important, however, for everyone who has not responded to know that it is not too late to be counted.

April 1 was a key reference date for the 2020 Census - not a deadline. The Census Bureau uses this date to determine who is counted and where you were living as of April 1, including everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home.

How you respond to the 2020 Census will help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding will flow into states and communities each year. The results will also determine how many seats in Congress each state will be allocated for the next 10 years.

You should know that the Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. And, that the U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. That's protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.

Also know that you do not have to complete the 2020 Census to receive a stimulus check.

So be counted by responding: online at 2020census.gov; by calling 844-330-2020 for English, and 844-468-2020 for Spanish and 12 other languages, from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; or by mail if you received the short questionnaire.

Joan Kinne-Shulman

Vice President

League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area

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