Troopers' firing was proper

The Sandusky Register should be commended on the excellent journalistic work in uncovering the information that led to the articles
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The Sandusky Register should be commended on the excellent journalistic work in uncovering the information that led to the articles concerning the Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and the Ku Klux Klan.

It is unfortunate that more people do not have access to the Internet to hear the interviews the Register has provided for its readers on the Register's Web site, sanduskyregister.com. Society is benefited when the fourth estate does its job. Uncovering governmental or private wrongs and bringing public attention to those wrongs is why the framers of the Constitution included freedom of the press in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

One would think that Ohio's "elite" police force would do something that would honor Dr. King's legacy -- perhaps appear at a school, march in a parade or maybe wear a black arm band to celebrate this hero's life that ended in a tragic murder-assassination.

Why should a segment of society have to put up with racists because of a "collective bargaining agreement"? United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, while an attorney arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, once asked the question: "Why, of all the multitudes or races, are we so singled out?"

It's not that we can't take a "joke," but when we are always the butt of the jokes it appears we are being singled out. How long does society think blacks are going to put up with this nonsense? While the troopers were discussing Martin Luther King Jr. I am sure they ran across Dr. King's statement: "We can live together or we can all perish together."

Thanks to our Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland for ordering the firing of those two troopers.

Freddy Farris

Sandusky