by Larry Smith
The nation slipped a little further towards the abyss recently as young people began rioting in the streets for no particular reason, leading to the knifing of one boy on Paradise Island and the shooting of another on a public holiday.
Gangs of Junior high schoolers also engaged in a rock-throwing, after-school melee on a busy Palmdale street, attacking police who tried to stop them. And this follows fights, riots and murders in the schools themselves.
One thing is clear - this is not crime. It is impending social breakdown. And you don't have to be a social scientist to figure out what will happen when these youngsters get a bit older.
"It's a terrible feeling," one of Tough Call's correspondents cried. "But for the first time I believe that if we have not gone beyond the point of no return, we are very close. It seems that everyone is despairing."