Letters to the Editor

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Tag: penn state

July
25th

CULTURE: Don’t expect decrease in depravity

While NCAA officials have deflated Penn State’s football program, it wasn’t “football that was placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,”as NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

What drove the football down the Nittany Lions’ field, keeps scantily clad celebrities on stage, motivates politicians to promote gambling and besmirches the movie industry is a very low common denominator: sacrifice principle, preserve profitability.

It’s not where, or whether, the pigskin flies but rather the pigsty where America feeds that recent national events have exposed.

The folks responsible for what is shown in theaters, for example, have been looking inward lately

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June
27th

TNT: Sandusky cartoon classless

I often read and enjoy your online edition of your paper on an almost daily basis. Today I clicked on the site, and the first thing I noticed was the cartoon of the notorious Jerry Sandusky (TNT editorial cartoon gallery). While what has happened is heinous and unforgivable, I thought the cartoon published was in extremely poor taste.

The depiction of handcuffs as “Penn State sweatbands” is a slap in the face to all the fine students and faculty of that university who had absolutely nothing to do with the tragedies that occurred there. To make such light of

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Nov.
17th

PENN STATE: Raise awareness, protect children

Child abuse is a scourge. The Penn State debacle is ugly and disturbing.

The effects of child abuse are far reaching and tragic, not only for the children, but for society as a whole. The resulting trauma is not always, but statistically is very strongly, correlated with future mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, and criminal behavior.

Years ago, I worked for Child Protective Services, then as a mental health specialist at Group Health, and finally as a psychiatric evaluator for admissions at Fairfax Hospital.

It became painfully obvious to me that as a society it would be far better

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Nov.
14th

BUDGET: Protect children, keep vital funding

As the fallout continues from the Penn State child sexual abuse allegations, we are reminded of the devastation and magnitude of the resulting consequences of these crimes.

These incidents highlight the fact that as community members we are accountable in educating others to identify abuse and protect our most vulnerable populations, especially our children. We must learn to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the realities of child sexual abuse.

A child’s safety is an adult’s responsibility. We cannot rely on children to protect themselves, and we must not ignore our suspicions, but act on them if we suspect abuse

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Nov.
11th

PENN STATE: Rioting for the wrong people

Penn State students rioting for fired coach Joe Paterno and fired President Graham Spanier sends a troubling message – that sex with children has become a low priority and should be disregarded as normal behavior.

Perhaps these rioters need to interact with an abused child and explain to that child why an abuser gets to be placed in a higher position while the abused child is ignored and not cared for.

Nov.
10th

PATERNO: Misplaced priorities in ‘Happy Valley’

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.

Nov.
10th

PATERNO: There are none so blind

Re: Joe Paterno.

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”– Martin Luther King Jr.

Nov.
8th

PENN STATE: Many dropped the ball

How many adults were protecting their positions at Penn State over the last nine years while children were being preyed on by Jerry Sandusky?

What a different outcome this may have had if in 2002 Mike McQueary had intervened that night when he observed a little boy being sexually assaulted in the shower by Sandusky and then called the police. Many innocent children could have been spared.

To think he left to consult his father and then go up the chain of command to spare stepping on toes is morally reprehensible along with the rest of the cover-up.