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Charles Schroeder

Westphalia

Dear Editor:

What has happened to the country we once knew? One Nation Under God — Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self — United We Stand. Immigrants came to America to become citizens of the United States. They worked hard, learned to speak English. They all wanted freedom, the pursuit of happiness. They all helped to create the greatest country on earth. We were a country committed to strong family, strong communities, strong country and values. There was an old saying, "the one that rocked the cradle, ruled the world." The women developed the values of the next generation. The men were the breadwinners of the family. By the time children were 4 or 5 years of age, they had little jobs for us to do; we learned to work.

If you disrespected Mother or Grandma, Dad would discipline you in a heartbeat.

Our government, our country as a people have become full of immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, liers, rivalry, corruption, jealousy, fury, selfishness, dissension, factions, envy, drinkers, dopers, orgies. Children are left motherless, fatherless.

What happened to Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa? What has happened to love, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? Why have our people become killers, rioters, looters, destroyers, gang members?

No self-respect, no respect for others; destroy yourself, destroy your neighbor, destroy our country!

Do you hate yourself, hate the world around you so much that you are willing to destroy the greatest country in the world?

Ask yourself, do you really want this country to become China, North Korea, Afghanistan, Yemen!

We as a people, as a country, must wake up and smell the roses. Accept the past, learn from it. Built a better future for yourself and future generations, family, community country values.

God bless us. God bless our country.

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