Bill Furrey sent a message to Dennis Muilenburg that said:
I find it interesting you would fire Niel Golightly for a comment he made in 1987. You can say you didn't fire him but in essence you did. All you had to do was to give him the option of resigning or he would be dismissed. I have done it myself.
One employee complained about a 33 year old article. Maybe you should have gone back to his college, high school or elementary school days. This was a topic that was highly discussed in the 70's, 80's and 90's. I know because I was in the Navy at that time. This doesn't mean that Niel believes the same now. This was a ignorant move on your part.
Since when is it a crime for a person to voice their opinion about any topic regardless if you believe the same or not. He wasn't even associated with Boeing at the time. If you are doing to one person maybe you need to purge everyone that has said something Boeing doesn't agree with regardless of how old the statements are. This is no better than the Nazis during WWII or the CCP (Communist Chinese Party) of current times.
I would bet if someone dug through your closet they would find some skeletons too.