New Castle News

April 30, 2013

Conti’s attacks ignore main concern of district

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

When I think of Philip Conti’s remarks (letter, April 23), I am reminded of this passage from Scriptures: “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

Does Conti forget his squabble with the former mayor in 2001, where he emerged shouting from behind closed doors with a rip in his shirt and later admitted blows had been exchanged? This is just the tip of the iceberg in Conti’s long history of attacking people who disagree with him.

Most important, where, in his letters, does he mention what should be his main concern and priority as a prospective school director — our students? Nowhere. Here are two of Conti’s documented quotes relative to our students and parents:

•“In most instances, the problem children in our schools come from dysfunctional homes.”

•“Students with bad attitudes place a tremendous burden on our educational system and are a waste of our financial and human resources.”

Our students and parents — burden, disfunctional, waste? Is he serious?

As for his reference to the Roger Havey debacle from 11 years ago, let me summarize by quoting a News column (by Patrick Litowitz) from July 27, 2007 — “Instead of sulking, he admitted to his mistakes and kept the district’s — not his own — interests in the forefront. The school system has excelled academically as a result and its finances are back in order. The occasional controversy arises, but education — not ego — drives New Castle.” So much for narcissism.

Finally, his assessment of the district’s debt is totally inaccurate. He and Andrea Przybylski make up numbers.

Despite Conti’s personal attacks and negativity, I will remain steadfast in my commitment to the students and taxpayers.

George Gabriel

Lynn Street

New Castle