In Sunday's Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby thinks he's being clever when he asks if a great University like Cambridge would recruit to its physics department a "theology-and Bible-drenched individual" who "forecast the date of the Apocalypse" and calculated that the world was created in 3988 B.C. I would certainly hope not. But the man to whom Jacoby devotes his column is Sir Isaac Newton, appointed to a Mathematics chair in 1668.
Jeff Jacoby is a Boston Globe columnist of the right. I like him personally, and he is exceedingly smart. I appreciate some of his columns; others I don't. His piece opposite the editorial page on Sunday was a mixed bag.
One of the issues that the Nancy Pelosi will have to face is ROTC. I don't know whether it comes up in any legislation this term. But the voters of San Francisco last year voted for a (non-binding) ballot question which, as Jeff Jacoby wrote in Sunday's Boston Globe, "called for the exclusion of military recruiters from public high schools and colleges." Last week, the city's Board of Education voted to abolish the 90-year old Junior ROTC program, a program praised by The San Francisco Chronicle. 1,600 hundred students are enrolled, as Jacoby writes, in its "voluntary activities ...