Professor's view of the environmental record

Each generation hopes to maintain good fishing and clean water but fails nevertheless.

Updated: July 20, 2006, 5:25 PM ET
By Ron Schara

Fishing days are always special.

Whenever I awake and the order of the day is to go fishing, cares, worries and traffic jams easily disappear.

This never happened in my teen-age years, when the day ahead called for loading cement blocks or piling hay bales in a hot barn.

So when I went off to college in search of a career, one of the jobs on the top of my list was fishing. This will explain why I was so absolutely tickled when 90-year old Jim Schwartz climbed into my boat recently ...

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An old professor's view of the environmental record