We looked for the 'Nicest Place in America.' Our contest hit a nerve.

Tue, 2017-10-10

Pay even a little bit of attention to the news these days and you’ll likely come to a depressing conclusion: America is the most divided place on earth.

With every new firestorm — football players kneeling during the national anthem, students protesting conservative speakers on college campuses, neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville — our society seems to take one more step toward a breakdown. We in the media certainly deserve some of the blame. In a democracy where free expression is the rule — and where the Internet, talk radio and cable news provide enormous megaphones — news outlets’ focus on the most extreme voices clearly add fuel to already fiery situations.