- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Federal Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Vulcan Society want minorities hired through a quota system instead of achieving the job on merit (“Justice Department undermines FDNY,” Comment & Analysis, Monday). The judge attributed the ruling to the fact that a slightly lower percentage of minorities passed the firefighting entrance exam.

According to a census in 2000, the total proportion of lawyers in New York City was 87 percent white and just 6 percent black. Does this mean the bar exam - the same one that Judge Garaufispassed - is discriminatory as well? How about medical school or professional sports leagues? Whatever happened to the idea that if you work hard, you can achieve your goals? The Vulcan Society and Judge Garaufis certainly are working hard to erase any type of honest work ethic.

CHRIS RIORDAN

Merrick, N.Y.

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