Reading about Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s role in the case of Ricci vs DeStanfano brought back memories of my experience in the same arena in 1993. As you probably know, the current brouhaha involves the rights of the City of New Haven, Connecticut firefighters who took a civil service exam for promotion to lieutenant and captain. The City retained an outside consultant to design the exam to ensure it was job related and not racially biased. Of the some 118 firefighters who took the exam, 59 earned passing grades, however due to the limited vacancies only the 19 top scorers were eligible for promotion. This group consisted of 17 whites and two Hispanics, but none of the 9 black firefighters with passing scores.
I note that the Interurban Trail Bicycle Bridge over I-43 in the Town of Grafton is right on schedule to open in early September. That's good news for trail cyclists as well as hikers. Too bad that Ozaukee County property taxpayers can't enjoy the event as they would have, if the 2003 proposal had been implemented as promised.
As a County Supervisor in 2003, I and the rest of the County Board, heard the initial proposal from county officials in which they promised faithfully that the cost of the bridge would be fully covered by grants from the federal and state especially available for that purpose, plus private donations. Needless to say, that cost concept resulted in a rousing affirmative from the County Board -- and the program got underway.