A few weeks ago there were two letters to the editor relating to parental discipline of their children and disruptive children in school. The theme of both seems to be that parents have a responsibility to teach discipline and correct behavior in the home. I couldn't agree more.

In the last couple of weeks there have been numerous shootings in Portland and other places around the nation. Those in El Paso and Dayton are the worst in recent days. While I do not pretend to have all the answers, I do submit these actions may just be the result of our nation having lost our collective moral compass.

Violence is inculcated in our children, beginning at a very early age. They are "entertained" with video games and these progress to become more and more violent as the child increases in age. Today's movies are violent, often in the extreme. Is it any wonder that violence seems to be a way of life for many young people?

I said we have lost our moral compass. By that I mean that the basic principles of the Bible, upon which our country was founded, have eroded from our day-to-day living. Jesus, God the Son said "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind ... love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:29-30). That is not "pie in the sky," that is basic to getting along with one another. Would to God that we could all come together and love our fellow man as God loves each of us.

Floyd Bacon

Albany (Aug. 6)

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