We have a larger problem of lawlessness than we think. No better example can be found than the rap concert in Houston where nine people lost their lives (“Texas A&M student hurt at Astroworld dies; death total at 9,” Web, Nov. 9). The mass media have not been able to even fathom the idea that there might be public responsibility for citizen safety at such events.

We can’t let government wriggle out of playing a role in a democracy and just turn everything over to individuals and private agencies. We are at the point where the revered historians of decadent Rome said all hell breaks loose, as it did recently in Houston.

Roman historian Livy wrote, “I invite the reader’s attention to … watch first the sinking of the foundations of morality as the old teaching was allowed to lapse … and the dark dawning of our modern day when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them.” And Roman poet Horace seems to have spoken directly to today’s slimy politicians when he said, “O Whoever shall work to put an end to impious slaughter and civic savagery, if he shall seek to be inscribed on statues as the father of cities … let him be brave to rein in uncontrolled licentiousness.” What is the point of all these politicians’ lamentations over crime if they don’t do anything to help stop it?

KIMBALL SHINKOSKEY

Woods Cross, Utah



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