Two articles in The Post Nov. 18 demonstrated clearly how this country's system of values has been placed squarely on its head.

The first article, a feature of the "American Journal" series, detailed the acquittal of a hunter in Maine who accidentally shot and killed a woman who was standing in her wooded back yard two years ago. Although there were those who appeared genuinely outraged at his acquittal, it seemed that many, if not most, Maine citizens found the incident only unfortunate. While human life may be important in Maine, hunting is a way of life.

The second article concerned a man in West Covina, Calif., who received a citation from the city because of his failure to water his miserably dried-out lawn in the midst of the worst drought in California in 60 years. He felt that water was a far more precious commodity than green grass in his yard. The city, on the other hand, found his lawn to be an eyesore and noted that it could cause surrounding property values to decline.

Examples such as these only begin to highlight why America's moral compass is pointing in the wrong direction.

ALEX DELLA-VALLE JR. Alexandria