The July 1 article “State Police Officials Say Agency Does Not Discriminate” describes the lawsuit initiated by the Justice Department against the Pennsylvania State Police. It claims the physical test to screen entry-level state troopers discriminates against females.
The test in question was so basic that I, as a 51-year-old female who exercises three times a week, was able to perform each task well (except the agility test, because I did not know what it was). What woman who takes the state trooper job seriously, knowing the basic physical requirements in advance, would apply for the job without making sure she could pass these basic requirements? Only someone who is seriously unfit and completely not serious about the job.
The physical test required is not too rigorous for anyone — male, female or neutered. In fact, who cares what gender a state trooper is, so long as they are intelligent and physically fit enough to perform the job? The Justice Department is making a distinction that diminishes women and would make women hired under a less-demanding physical test resented by all.
The standards described are completely reasonable.
MARY DICE GRENEN