In regard to the murder of two of Baltimore's young people ("Motives sought in killings of city teens," April 19), do the motives, probably petty reasons, really matter when we already know most of the underlying causes of most such crimes?

These causes have increased dramatically over the past five decades and, in no particular order, include: deterioration and downgrading of our Constitution, loss of core values, diminishment of the English language and failure to adhere to the Ten Commandments and other principles on which America was founded. There are also far too many single parent families, non-working, no-reason-to work, welfare-subsisting citizens and an education system that condemns those core values. There's been an increase in gratuitously violent TV, movies and games (the result of which is to have life imitate fiction instead of the reverse), politically-inspired and media-advanced class and racial conflicts and a legal system more interested in abolition of the death penalty and removing firearms from the honest public than removing criminals from our streets. There are far too many non-citizen, non-English-speaking, low-skill, welfare-dependent illegal residents who have no reason or interest in preserving our "American way of life" and finally, far too many elected officials more interested in maintaining lifetime jobs and personal gain than in preserving our exceptional country.

On that same front page of The Sun, we learn that Gov. Martin O'Malley is acting to curb deportations (of prisoners no less). What more does a concerned, patriotic, American citizen need to know?

Elliot Deutsch, Bel Air

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