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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Robert Putnam
Looking back on 2013, it's striking how politically polarized America has become. Political divisions often are attributed to politicians, but beneath all the sound and fury is a deeper problem: Americans do not trust one another as much as they used to. And the reasons are not as simple as some people think.
Magazines going out of business isn’t exactly big news these days, but this one hurts: Sheet Music Magazine informed its dwindling band of mostly aging subscribers this month that it is shutting down after nearly 3,000 songs and 36 years of putting out “the Magazine You Can Play.” The fall 2012 issue marked the end.
Trust, he says, has declined as the gap between rich and poor has increased.
"We certainly have not lost our taste for listening to music, any more than for watching sports, but fewer and fewer of us play together," he wrote.