“Is there a common good that still binds us together as Americans?”

The question is the premise of Robert Reich’s new book, “The Common Good.” Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of 15 books on government, economics and public policy. He served in three presidential administrations.

John Diers is a Prior Lake resident who spent 40 years working in the transit industry and is the author of “Twin Cities by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul” and “St. Paul Union Depot.” To submit questions or topics for community columnists, email editor@plamerican.com. (Editor’s note: Diers is a community columnist and not employed by, or paid by, the newspaper.)