There seems to be something missing in this election cycle that I would like the candidates of both parties to address [“Defending their teams,” News, Oct. 17].

On the issues of gun control, unwanted pregnancies and abortion, drug use, and internet misuse, candidates should emphasize the role of the individual to exercise personal responsibility.

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We are an educated country that has publicized and emphasized the evils when an individual lacks self-control. Years ago, first lady Nancy Reagan launched a crusade against drug use with the slogan “Just say no.” It sounds so simple.

We must return to the idea that the individual’s choices determine success or failure in life. It’s not the job of the government, but rather the family, to guide children, train them in morals and monitor their progress.

Linda Donato, Smithtown