According to a recent poll by the Associated Press, only a third of Americans say most people can be trusted. And we’re not talking about politicians here: We’re talking about our neighbors, our doctors, the waitress who pours our coffee at the morning breakfast spot and the plumber who fixes the leak under our sink.
Tell us, readers, what’s going on here?
We want to hear your thoughts, specifically the answer to two questions: Why do you think Americans are less trusting of each other than in the past and, more importantly, how can we reverse the trend?
Please keep your response to 150 words — we want to be able to run as many responses as possible — and be sure to include your name, hometown and a phone number for verification purposes. You can email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to: To the Editor, The Salem News, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA, 01915.
We will publish the community’s response in an upcoming edition of The Salem News.