Wading River, L.I.: "On the hot seat" (Aug. 10) implied that because I am critical of the FDNY Vulcan Society, I am not ensuring "a positive climate for civil rights." The Vulcans' leaders are not against the most radical methods of integrating the FDNY and have made reckless statements minimizing the dangers of firefighting. The most glaring example of such lowering of standards is Judge Nicholas Garaufis' ruling that reading comprehension ability is not required to be a firefighter. Our group maintains that everyone should receive equal treatment, without regard to color, gender, race or religion, which puts us in alignment with the FDNY's Equal Employment Opportunity Unit's Policy Statement. The Vulcans have advocated quota hiring based on race, which, said another way, means not hiring someone based on race. I ask your readers to decide who it is that is not ensuring a positive climate for civil rights.
Paul Mannix President, Merit MattersSEE: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/letters/index.html