The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, April 6, 2010:
$400 billion dollars…that's what's out there to be allocated to communities across the country. We want our fair share of that…right?
In our region, we have many educational and health care programs that are under-funded…programs for families, children and senior citizens that are desperately in need of money.
We look to our local and state governments for funds that are just not there.
As citizens, as individuals there is one thing that we can do that will make a difference for our families and our communities. It can help us get our fair share of that $400 billion dollars.
Just complete the 2010 Census form and send it in.
I know. Many of us are afraid to give the government, what we consider to be, too much information about ourselves…our families.
However, each question on the form provides information that affects the planning and distribution of programs and funds for everything from Social Security and Medicare benefits to housing programs and the structuring of congressional state and local voting districts.
I've been looking, but don't see any money trees anywhere. But some of that $400 billion dollars is ours, if we ask ,by sending in our Census forms.
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