Thoughts I didn't finish reading:*
I've lived in this country all of my life and the environmental degradation that my generation has witnessed and implicitly approved sometimes makes me embarrassed to face my three children." -- Morton Schapiro, Northwestern University president at his inauguration Friday. (Tribune story is here.)
Perhaps Morton wasn't around when Chicago's skies were tinted yellowish orange in the winter from all the soft coal burned here everyone's furnace. Or the South Side and Gary steel mills were belching all kinds of toxic filth into the air.
I'm embarrassed more by ideologues who fail to recognize the tremendous progress that this generation has made. I'm also more embarrassed by higher education's failure to give young people the solid, liberal arts education that they deserve.
*Hat tip to the Weekly Standard for its "Scrapbook" feature: "Sentences we didn't finish reading."