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Filling out the 2010 Census helps us all

If you haven't received it already, then any day now you will find a census form in your mail box. Every ten years, our government does a count to find out just how many Americans there are and the makeup of our vast country.

This time there are just ten questions you need to answer. You may think, why should I bother filling out the form? Well it is important. The census count determines how much federal money comes to our state and also the number of U.S. Representatives from each state.

In the last census, because of our count and the population shift, Mississippi went from five representatives in Congress to four. We don't want that to happen again.

The census questions only take a few minutes to answer. And are easy to answer. For example, you are asked how many individuals live in your home, their age and sex, and whether you rent or own your home.

The count is so important, that if you fail to fill out the census, you will probably receive a knock on your door from a census worker asking you to complete your form.

We urge everyone to do their civic duty and be counted. If not, then some of your tax dollars could be going to another state instead of coming back to Mississippi for needs like transportation and education.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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