EVERY DAY, millions march into liquor stores and stumble home from bars in the wee hours. Lives are destroyed. Homes are broken into pieces. Children suffer, but later replicate. This is, however, if the drunk doesn't drive.

Thousands are dead in Pakistan. Unemployment is at 10 percent. The proud promise of a presidency is at a 38 percent approval rating. Thirty-three percent of all African-American males are in jail.

But, the big story today (ABC News) is that Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are guilty, again! "Why a starstruck public obsesses - do they think they're above it all?"

Wake up, everybody. They're not above it all - they're blowing it all. Jailing Marion Jones, Lindsay and Paris is a joke in a world that's coming apart.

Len Barry, Philadelphia