This country is the greatest country in the world, but unfortunately, it is headed into moral decay. I am a World War ll vet. I do not claim to be a Nostradamus or someone that predicts the future.

However, I am going to go out on a limb and say that this country that I fought for will not survive this century, and these are the reasons as I see them.

Fraud of every kind is being heaped on us every day. The good virtues, respect, trust, honor, pride, compassion and allegiance are being replaced with drugs, violence, pornography, abortion and same-sex marriage. These things were wrong in my time and still are today. Lincoln in his Gettysburg address said that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I wonder if he would make that same speech today.

This country is the home of the free and the brave, but unfortunately, you are only as free as your money will take you. Athletes and coaches are making astronomical sums of money, but a schoolteacher barely makes a living. This is still the greatest place in the world to live, but this country is in a state of moral decay. I pray God’s mercy on us.

Gasper Laciura

retired railroad employee