I’m responding to the East Chicago City Council's police hiring ordinance. I am proud to be a 20+ years veteran of the East Chicago Police Department. I am also an "out-of-towner."
The ordinance shows the true nature of the city government. The city has publicly announced it is prejudiced against out-of-towners.
It is sad that they do not want the best person for the job and have to give a 15 percent credit to residents. What does that say for the quality of their constituents?
If I lived in East Chicago, I would be offended and ashamed of the council members who voted for the ordinance. Don't judge someone by the color of their skin or residency, but by their character.
What is the real reason for the ordinance? Voting. Out-of-towners can't vote the local government officials back into office.
The police department is supposed to be an equal opportunity employer. Just as in the book "Animal Farm," it appears some are more equal than others.
- John Ramos, Griffith