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PATERNO: Misplaced priorities in ‘Happy Valley’

Letter by Norm Eklund, Bonney Lake on Nov. 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm with 26 Comments »
November 10, 2011 5:31 pm

It was reported that a riot took place at “Happy Valley,” home of Penn State University.

College students, the cream of American culture, were among the rioters. Certainly the students were demonstrating against what was allegedly done to the victimized children – right?

Please tell me they weren’t rioting so coach Joe Paterno could be on the sideline for one more game.

They were? You’ve got to be kidding.

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  1. cclngthr says:

    Yes, it was their priorities that were screwed up.

    People don’t believe that school personnel don’t have to be mandated reporters. Maybe this will let people know that mandated reporting is taken seriously.


    Great letter, Norm.

  3. The riot was a spin-off of Occupy. America look, there are losers everywhere.

  4. bobcat1a says:

    dejen2, you are living proof of your assertion.

  5. sandblower says:

    dejen2 proves his own point with that nonsense.

  6. sandblower says:

    So took the 14th, what’s your point related to the topic?

  7. artiepuy says:

    Took the 14th. Do you understand the difference between “rarely” and “never”?

  8. Dave98373 says:

    PSU students are merely expressing their frustration at a system that they believed was honorable and had integrity. Their insititution failed them and the community of Happy Valley. The fact that they took to the streets is not surprising…they may be young adults but they are immature kids…and acting and behaving accordingly.

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    So Dave, college kids are excused when they trash new vans and innocent people’s cars?

    There is no excuse for perverts or those who condone their actions by inaction. Their is no excuse for violent actions by adults old enough to vote or serve.

  10. Football is way too important for many people.

  11. Since football fans have been known to engage in riots to celebrate victories of championships….how do we know whether they were angry or celebrating?

  12. BLINLITCHMAN says:

    Again, great letter.

    To Took the 14th – I quit reading the comments for a time and apparently have begun again, although I do not appreciate being called a “lying liberal.”

    Norm’s letter caught my eye and I wished to respond. Before becoming an attorney I worked in social services and mental health, often with children and adolescents who had, sadly, been abused. The situation at Penn State is absolutely tragic.

  13. PumainTacoma says:

    Tragic and sickening matter of how an institute of government failed children again and literally turned its back on multiple RAPES!!!

    When institutes and people in power have a DUTY to report such crimes and do nothing (no 911 calls no follow-up) they have much to blame for the continuous sickening crimes and its coverup. Whether they are police officers (Brame, Giles cases), editors (Brame coverup), sheriff (French), teachers, principals or head coaches, there ought to be stiff criminal sanctions for anyone who abuses or cover-ups said crimes of a child.

  14. NickDixon says:

    “I thought you said you never read the comments to the ‘letters to the editor’ Bambi?”

    NOV. 10, 2011 AT 9:36 AM
    I rarely read the comments at the Trib to letters to the editor”

    I’d love to just call this a personal attack on another reader but it is symptomatic of the misrepresentation trick of conservatives in today’s dialog. There is a plain difference between “rarely” and “never”.

    Meanwhile, the comment had nothing to do with the letter.

  15. NickDixon says:

    Back to the subject.

    All I can say is that all parties guilty of not reporting incidents to police officers should be prosecuted to the maximum level, regardless of football statis. The issue is child rape, not football coaching.

  16. NickDixon says:

    make that “status”

  17. took14theteam says:

    Classic. BTDT making off topic comments about off topic comments.

    If the football fans were Radirs fans, then I would say they were angry.

  18. 14 – just what does your LF imitation – quoting completely unrelated BLINLITCHMAN posts from the past – have to do with this thread?

    Is your name Jimm?

  19. cclngthr says:

    Perhaps these people rioting need to look at abused kids directly in the face and tell them why abuse is not important and (sadly) one that is becoming more “normalized.”

    These kids who have been abused unfortunately are looking at reactions like this and wondering if even telling anyone about the abuse was even important enough to stop it.

    Unfortunately, I often see this with kids who have been abused. Many decide not to report it as a result.

  20. SadujTogracse says:

    “but it is symptomatic of the misrepresentation trick of conservatives in today’s dialog”

    Yeah because the left NEVER partakes in misrepresentations do they? (eyeroll) I remember someone named “Kardnos” used to do that all the time in here, perhaps you have heard of him?

  21. NickDixon says:

    There sure are lots of people called “Kardnos” or “Kard” or “Kardy”

    Is this like “dude” or “gnarly”? How about “totally” or “I’m like”?

  22. lovethemountains says:

    The most vulnerable among us…..the young and the old (who have diminished capacities) seem to have been abandoned by so many. An indication that some among us are total believers in survival of the fittest?

  23. BLINLITCHMAN says:

    So true, lovethemountains. It’s truly a Darwinian trend. Sad.

  24. NickDixon says:

    After some thought – is there a “left” and “right” on this subject? If so, it seems the “left” is concerned about the child. The other side seems more interested in attacking others. Maybe they have nothing to offer to a discussion about assault on children.

  25. SadujTogracse says:

    “After some thought – is there a “left” and “right” on this subject?”

    No there isn’t. Perhaps you should have thought about that when you negatively stereotyped “conservatives” (your word)in your 7:11 am post. Glad you gave it some thought though.

  26. According to the Media coverage the students were rioting over Paterno’s firing.

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