- The Washington Times - Monday, December 17, 2012

The pain of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School has a nation grasping at how to deal with the atrocity and what to do about it (“With joy lost, Newtown seeks comfort,” Web, Sunday). The suggestions for more gun control, a police presence at schools or harsher prison sentences are only attempts to handle symptoms — they do nothing about the causes.

For a long time, we have watched the collapse of honesty and integrity on the part of our nation’s leaders. The lack of accountability by so many in our culture and the violence in Connecticut are symptoms of a nation that has lost its moral compass and is spiraling toward the bottom. We are in a spiritual crisis, and the solution will occur only when we finally reject the emptiness of secularism.

I fear it will be a long and painful slide for our nation and culture. The turnaround will come through national revival and a cultural shift to the grace and faith upon which this nation and its laws were founded. We should start by giving parents the choice to place their children in schools that teach faith in place of the faithless institutions that now comprise public schools.

CHARLEY MORASCH

Leakwood, Kan.