Last week, the U.S. Solicitor General announced that it would request that the Supreme Court review a decision that blocked the federal government from compleeting background checks on JPL employees.
Today, both the L.A. Times and the Pasadens Star-News had opinion articles which supported the JPL employees' case. I found the language and imaginative, flowery writing to be interesting.
In a world wracked by recession, one in which it's easy enough to be cynical about government, the work by the geniuses at NASA's JPL is a bright beacon of hope showing what government can do at its best: explore the universe.
Those great adventures are run from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. And for that reason, when history comes to honor the starting points from which our greatest enterprises of discovery have set out, it will reckon JPL's quiet, green campus on the edge of the Arroyo Seco alongside the courts of Castile and Henry the Navigator, the Dutch Republic and Elizabethan London.
Both of the articles read like that for their entire length! Very interesting, not like the dry stuff you normally see in scientific articles!