2017-08-10 / Letters

People who want things should work for them

Every time I read something in the Acorn about “affordable housing” I try to ignore it. However, the Aug. 3 editorial has at last forced me to speak my mind. And I wonder if anyone else can relate to what I’m going to write.

Apparently, I’m one of those homeowners who the writer thinks had such a wonderful opportunity that I should want to contribute my hard-earned tax dollars so that others can have that opportunity.

Let me explain how it worked back in 1981. When we closed escrow on our home in April 1981, the interest rates were 19 percent. Yes, you read that correctly.

Ask your lender to figure out for you what your current house payment would be if your interest rate were 19 percent, but sit down first. Hardly affordable. Of course prices were less then, but so were our incomes.

My husband’s job was in Hollywood and he would have loved to have lived much closer, but we kept driving out on the 101 until we found a home we could afford.

And for many years I was forced to commute to Santa Clarita for my work. So yes, it would have been lovely to have been able to live close to work, but you do what you have to do.

No one ever gave us a dime, including our parents. Not even for college money. Anything we ever had, or have now, we earned. But isn’t that the way it should be?

And we certainly weren’t that young couple getting ready to start a family. We were way past that in 1981.

So we worked very, very hard, saved our money, raised our two kids—and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I truly believe that you can’t really appreciate what you have unless you’ve earned it yourself.

Return to top