Editor:

When nations die:

1. Increase in lawlessness.

2. Loss of economic discipline.

3. Rising bureaucracy.

4. Decline in education.

5. Weakening of cultural foundation.

6. Loss of respect for traditions.

7. Increase in materialism.

8. Rise in immorality.

9. Decay of religious beliefs.

10. Devaluing of human life.

The presence of three or four of these conditions can bring down an empire. We, the U.S.A., are the first nation in history to have all 10.

Tom Scheuerlein

Stafford

Johnson Newspapers 7.1