Mark Ballard of The Advocate is sounding an alarm, and we join him in the effort. In his column Sunday, Ballard addresses the plight of rural communities that are losing population.

“Shortly before Christmas the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Louisiana was one of nine states that lost population with 10,840 fewer people as of July 1 than the year before,” Ballard wrote.

“Louisiana births mitigated the statistics because 27,914 of the state’s 4.6 million residents moved elsewhere in the United States, according to the report.” 

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