Editorial : Live United

Cut by half the number of young people who drop out of school and number of lower-income families.

Those two goals, as well as increase by one-third the number of young people who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors, are the goals of United Ways across the country over the next 10 years.

Worthy goals for sure, especially here, where the percent of population below the poverty level in four of the five counties in the River region has increased the past three years and nearly half of expectant mothers engage in behaviors risky for their unborn child.

Financial stability, success in school and good health drive productive lives and we can help everyone "Live United" by contributing to this year's United Way campaign.

Pacesetter businesses have already begun the campaign and the full kickoff comes next month.

Four dozen charitable agencies are served in Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties by the River Region United Way.

With higher fuel and food prices, lower city funding, and demands for services increasing for these agencies, your help will be needed more than ever this year!