The story also prompted spirited comments from a minority of respondents who said they were tired of the rhetoric. A contract tower controller and former PATCO controller who was fired by President Reagan in 1981 said controllers know what theyre in for when they sign up. The shifts, the overtime, its all part of it, he said. If you dont want to do it, then dont become a controller. This fellow was particularly incensed by those who claim that they cant get enough sleep between shifts and said its their responsibility to ensure theyre properly rested when they show up for work. A former ATC supervisor told us he thought the whole thing was a media stunt. I suspect the napping controller incident was a NATCA setup to gain media attention, he wrote. The former supervisor also questioned the universal request by working controllers to keep their identities confidential, one of whom said he feared for his job if quoted in the media. Has he ever known a controller who was fired? For any reason? wondered the ex-supervisor, whose name we kept confidential even though he didnt ask for it.