I stood on the playing field outside Churchill Junior High in Galesburg, Ill., just staring at my feet and waiting; it was the most painful time of the day—P.E. class—when kids chose who was going to play on their teams.
Their skin is brown; mine’s white. They embrace socialism; I love capitalism. Their parents were born elsewhere; mine were born in Illinois. They live in big cities; I was reared on a farm.
“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”
A short while ago, Americans heard a member of President Trump’s cabinet discuss the impact of the government shutdown, observing that the lost salaries involved amounted to only one-third of 1 percent of the gross domestic product.
If fond memories give credence to the value of a Catholic education, the robust turnout on Jan. 26 for an alumni clash between Leo and host Br. Rice implied that new memories are in the offing for decades.
Recently, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced it purchased a $60-million insurance policy to protect against a potential drop in tuition revenue from Chinese students.