To the Editor:

Our nation is not in a healthy situation. Since the 1990s, there have been too many mass shootings. We also have a serious problem with too much alcohol and drug use. I see our public culture saturated with sex. Today’s public culture has acquired an intense crude and base orientation that has no respect for anyone. I’ve heard stories that there are areas in the big cities where gangs rule the streets. Law enforcement is minimal, if at all.

I am in no way an economist, but I fear that if the Republican tax bill goes through, serious economic calamities may happen. In the past few years, I have seen intense anger on social media. I sometimes wonder if people don’t know how to talk without attacking. Being passionate about ones views is fine. Hating others that have a different view is stupid and dangerous.

Back in '72, I took a class in Southeast Asian history. The professor was from China. One day he said China goes in cycles. For 200 or 300 years it will be strong and ruled by a central government. Then it will go through a period where it is broken up and ruled by local warlords. But before it falls apart, it goes through a period where there is a high rate of sexual activities outside of marriage. A high rate of drug and alcoholism. A high rate of crime and economic instability. The people would also become soft. He later clarified as over weight. I think his depiction is coming to pass.

I hope that this won’t happen. We have a strong streak of pragmatism. We may see the light and make needed corrections.

Arvid Noreen

Herrin

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