- - Sunday, May 29, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

This is no longer the country I grew up in. Our faith, family, economy, military, unity and national safety have all been diminished. Our prestige is questioned internationally.

We now have two presumptive 2016 presidential candidates running against each other at a time when world events seem the worst in decades. Has anyone noticed that when faith was of greater importance, many more families flourished and in general we did better as a country? Of course, nothing is perfect nor will it ever be, but communities such as Baltimore falter not so much because of racism, but because of family disintegration, which ignites even greater problems where it crops up.

Perhaps we can compare the two leading presidential candidates with former First Lady Jackie Kennedy when she said: “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much,” and former President Ronald Reagan, when he said, “We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

BERNARD BUDNEY

Temecula, Calif.


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