Fifty years ago, millions of Americans and I were deeply saddened by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The news of his death was unbelievable. In the years that followed, it seemed as if the ship of state had been cut loose from its moorings and set adrift in the stormy sea of Vietnam, the Hippie lifestyle, Watergate, urban blight, gangs and now governmental handouts and huge deficits.

As I reflect back today, I wonder if we, as a nation, have forgotten that wonderful counsel JFK gave us at his inauguration: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." I think that would go a long way toward solving many of our problems.

Patrick Jackson