Crime has gone rampant in the last few years. There is now a high volume of drugs in communities across America. Every year there is more violence and it just keeps growing. There is no doubt that at this rate every community will be traumatized with fear. We must break this culture of violence now present in the USA.
It has been said, ''Spare the rod: Spoil the child.'' When parents withhold discipline, the children are ''thrown out with the bath water.'' The former Premier of the USSR, Nikita Khruschev, once said to the U.S. in the '60s, ''America will destroy itself!''
I surely don't support Communism, but I feel Khrushchev must have felt the U.S. lacked discipline. At that time we had a hippie movement and an increase in illicit drug use.
Starting with the parents teaching small children at home to kindergarten through the 12th grade, instructions should be given about substance abuse. Children and young adults should have information embossed in their minds that substance abuse destroys humans and leads to premature death.
We presently, as a nation, are headed down the wrong path. If people in the U.S. would regard drugs and crime on the same level as playing the lottery for uncertain gains and wealth, this nation would be pretty much drug free.
Please remember, if you believe and obey God, you can't go wrong. As the old adage goes, ''God helps them that help themselves!''
-- Paul Lawson, McDonald