Stephanie Grace opened her August 18 column on the monuments issue by asking when I started caring about New Orleans.

My answer’s pretty simple.

I started caring when I was born in New Orleans. And grew up in the city. And live half a mile outside it now. And raised our four kids there with Wendy. And have many family members living in the city. And worked my ass off to help the city recover after Katrina, and preserve affordable flood insurance, and make the Corps build much stronger flood protection, and pass the Restore Act.

That’s when I started caring.

And that’s why I said Mitch Landrieu should focus on murders, not monuments.

David Vitter

U.S. senator

Metairie