December 30, 2011
The Department Order issued yesterday that prohibits the posting of opinions or viewpoints anywhere in quarters is concrete evidence that Merit Matters is winning the debate. This Order is the direct result of complaints made earlier this month about the letters and Press Releases we have been issuing, but instead of responding with sound, solid arguments in opposition our opponents have instead demanded censorship. There is no truer indication of victory.
We recommend all comply with this order. We also advise all that this will not affect our activities- we will continue to advocate for the residents and firefighters of NYC utilizing other avenues of communication and ask that you help by forwarding our messages to all you think would be interested. You can also help spread the message by buying and wearing our t-shirts.
As a reminder. . .anyone who disagrees with us has been able for over a year now to submit an essay on the topic, “Merit Matters is wrong because…”. We had originally sponsored a contest with a prize of $100 for the best entry but received no essays (see our posts dated 11/17/10 and 1/23/11 for details). We will now open the contest again.
Between today and the first day the new FDNY entry test is administered (whenever that may be), the best essay explaining “Merit Matters is wrong because...” will be permanently posted on our website, distributed to all our supporters and result in $100 being donated to a mutually agreeable charity. We are confident in our positions and welcome examination of them; we have no need of censorship.
President, Merit Matters