Feb 28, 2003
Gangs Are Real
Mr. Helfrich, I am an elected official. I take exception to your
commentary that "all" of Freeport's public officials say that we don't
have gang violence in Freeport. That is absolutely incorrect.
I have repeatedly expressed my concerns regarding gang violence in
Freeport. My concern was so profound, that I was one of the motivating
forces behind the formation of the task force on gang violence in
Once again, you have misrepresented the facts and distorted reality. If
you took the time to consult with me, I would have informed you as to my
opinion regarding gangs in Freeport.
Gangs are real and a problem! In no way, shape, or form have I ever
downplayed the significance of gangs in Freeport.
I was one of the few voices that was willing to openly express
considerable concern over increasing gang violence in Freeport. You paint
with a very broad brush and should be much more accurate in what you say,
as it is too often way off target.
I have been in the forefront in expressing concern regarding the
increasing gang violence in Freeport. If you were in regular attendance at
board meetings, you would have heard me expressing that concern and
questioning those that doubted the severity of the problem.
Mr. Helfrich, get your facts straight!
Joseph Cattano, Ph.D.
V.P., Freeport Board of Education
(While it is true that Dr. Cattano has briefly mentioned gangs on a
couple of occasions, an examination of the District's meeting agendas and
minutes maintained at the library will find no mention of gangs by either
Dr. Cattano or the public. -- Ed.)