I would like to offer my suggestions as to how to solve the budget and financial problems we are experiencing.

Stop the manufacture and use of the penny and the nickel; make the dime the lowest-value coin produced.

Combine small items into packages to sell for 10 cents. Peg sales tax at 10 percent, and adjust other taxes to increments of 10.

Pass a value added tax to do away with income tax. I believe that the savings realized by these measures would solve our financial problems.

Don Louis Broussard

U.S. Army, retired

Lafayette