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posted: 4/13/2013 5:00 AM

Furthering the breakdown of the family

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Right now anyone who reads the paper, listens to radio and television or scans the Internet and has half a brain sees all of the problems we face as a country and, for that matter, the world. Mentally ill folks roam our streets (used to be in facilities getting much-needed help), gang crime is rampant, unemployment is too high, with teenage and minority unemployment out of sight, education costs are soaring yet test scores are in decline, illegitimate births are at an all-time high, increasing numbers of kids are on drugs (to help with anxiety), two-income couples and multiple jobs are needed to get by, attendance at church at an all-time low, increasing single-parent households and people and governments are struggling with unmanageable debt.

The lack of the "old neighborhood" where people had to talk with one another to find out what's happening and to help one another with common community problems is a distant past. Instead we hide behind computer and cellphone screens to learn and communicate.

I'll throw out my theory: The family unit is in big-time deterioration! With the family unit in decline and with low church attendance, where do people get their moral compass?

Regardless of how you feel about the rise in homosexuality, gays and lesbians, do you really think that same sex-marriage and civil unions will enhance the family unit and help us turn the tide against these ever-growing problems? The politically correct and secular "regressives" think we're heading in the right direction. Do you?

Jeff Gorden

Elk Grove Village

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