Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 12 about preparations for the 2020 Census. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Oct. 14 editorial "Congress must salvage the census" justified higher funding for the Census Bureau so that an accurate count of the U.S. population is ensured. Ironically, the editorial came out the same day my family received a "past due notice" from the Census Bureau saying we had not submitted our "2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs."

The "mandatory" survey is 27 pages long and includes questions such as on "the reason to own the business": Was it "flexible hours"? These 27 pages of questions have nothing to do with apportioning congressional seats or reversing the historical undercounting of poor and minority communities.

Those who support increased funding for the Census Bureau should consider the difference between essential activities to count the population and inessential activities that census bureaucrats think are of interest, as well as how our government has made "mandatory" what should be optional.

Jonathan D. Berman, North Bethesda