The Nation: A Cry for Help

Americans sometimes seem almost eager to believe the most dismal stories about themselves, particularly stories of bad Samaritanism, of cries for help going ignored by an alienated citizenry. Last week the Associated Press sent out on its wires a lugubrious tale about a Wyoming motorist who was found in his car by the side of the road, shot dead with his own .22 pistol. His suicide note sounded desperate: "I have been waiting eleven hours for someone to stop. I can't stand the cold any longer and they just keep passing me by." The item was immediately picked up by the...

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