The energy director was trying to do good

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As local union president (now retired) at the National Energy Technology Laboratory Pittsburgh for most of Anthony Cugini’s tenure as director and as someone who knew him professionally for 25 years, I feel I am qualified to speak about his character (“NETL Ex-Chief to Be Arraigned Today,” Dec. 10).

According to the article, he was suspected of using industry contacts to help the Holy Family Institute and trying to cover it up and showing favoritism toward Phipps Conservatory. Let me quote that old adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.” If Anthony is guilty of anything, it may be of being overzealous to do good. Anthony is one of the most Christian, decent human beings I have ever known. That is more than I can say for the people who stabbed him in the back, carrying out their own personal agendas.

I know of his love for the Holy Family Institute because I am the one who invited a spokesperson to speak at NETL during the United Way campaign a few years ago. The couple of times he and I talked about the institute, I could see the flicker in his eyes and hear the excitement in his voice.

I can only imagine how much pain this whole ordeal has caused him and his family. I want to set the record straight on the kind of man Anthony Cugini is and declare to the world that I am and always will be his friend.

RONALD DEMICHELI
Bethel Park


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