I served two years in the Vietnam War. I did not want to be there, but I did the best I could in each assignment. More than 58,000 young Americans died and twice that number sustained wounds that diminished their lifestyle forever. President Richard Nixon backed the U.S. effort out of that war due to the unrest at home provoked by the National News media.
In 1955, I was an army private with a wife and two boys. My pay was $216 a month, and I ran out of money on the 20th of each month.
I worked at three part-time jobs to supplement my income. The army provided no additional monetary allowance for my three dependants. Their policy was: “If the army wanted you to have a wife, they would issue you one.”
It never occurred to me to ask for government assistance. I accepted my status as a natural situation.
Louisiana has averaged 49th in child well-being among the states for 26 years. According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT annual reports, in terms of child well-being, Louisiana’s children, “our children,” would have been better off living in 48 other states — for 26 years.
We are still near our worst which was back in 1990, when Louisiana ranked 51st in child well-being. That’s right — 51st in the nation. In 1990, Washington, D. C., then at the epicenter of the nation’s crack epidemic, was caring for children better than we were.
The “Save Our Homes” law is a Florida Constitutional amendment. This law basically limits the annual increase in assessed value of property receiving homestead exemptions to 3 percent or the percentage change in the consumer price index, whichever is lower.
In my studies of the Lincoln Parish Assessor and the online tax roll, I have come to the conclusion that this “Save Our Homes” law is very desirable for all homeowners in Louisiana. This law would protect homeowners with homestead exemptions from the “over-the-top” assessment values placed on us by the unscrupulous property assessors.