Too Big to Fail: Penn State & the Death Penalty

Man I love football.  So much so, that I consciously considered how my son’s name would look on the back of a jersey and sound over the PA before I settled on it....more

Penn State and Paterno, After the Freeh Report

Penn Staters everywhere are reeling.  The Freeh report on the Sandusky scandal is out and the world is demonizing Penn State, Paterno, our Nittany Lion football team, and pointing the finger of blame at all of us who bleed blue and white.As a Penn Stater myself, I can only speak for myself, but I hope that my thoughts and feelings expressed here will resonate with others, as I know we consider ourselves a community....more
Well said, Elisa. I agree with you about the healing benefits of seeing justice served. I could ...more

Joe Paterno: Remember the Paradox

"Even decades of professional achievement should not obscure dreadfully reckless and callous inaction that results in child sex crimes,"  David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a support group. Quoted in Reuters.  Life is a paradox.  You win some....more

True Penn State Role Model

True Penn State Role Model Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. ~John F. Kennedy...more

What do Penn State, Herman Cain, Wall Street banks, aspca, and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?

 What do Penn State, Herman Cain, Wall Street banks, aspca, and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?...more

Stepping Up To The Plate - Penn State Crisis

Each day a new horrid twist or turn is reported about the Penn State child abuse case. Today's breaking news focused on the assistant coach Mike McQueary. Mr. McQueary said he had reported the abuse to the local police back in 2002. Yet no action was taken. Later on in the day, the news media reported that the local police deny ever having received his report….. and on and on it goes....more

Penn State Riots and Hope

When I heard that students at Penn State were rioting in response to Coach Joe Paterno being fired, I literally felt sick. A police statement estimated the crowd totaled as many as 4,000 to 5,000 people. This crowd toppled light posts, street signs and even turned over a news van.Paterno had knowledge that children were being abused and did nothing about it. As a result of Paterno's inaction, there are more victims of Jerry Sandusky out there. How could all of these people possibly support this man?...more

Grandpa Frank

I’ve been reading a lot about the scandal at Penn State lately. Actually, scandal isn’t the right word – this isn’t a celebrity divorce we’re talking about. This is a horrible tragedy that has occurred, and I am horrified there were adults in a position to stop the suffering and humiliation these children have suffered but instead stayed silent or performed the smallest required amount of action… just enough to cover their ass....more

Penn State: How "Good People" Sacrificed the Welfare of a Few for the Prosperity of Many

In a basement under one of the beautiful buildings of Omelas, or perhaps in the cellar of one of its spacious private homes, there is a room. It has one locked door, and no window…In the room a child is sitting…...more

When Heroes Fall...

I feel I have to start this post by saying that I am distraught and the victims of the Penn State scandal are at the forefront of my mind at every moment.  I also feel if you read my previous post you know where my feelings lie on this issue and that this post, while not about the victims per se does not diminish what I feel.  Also, having read that post you know my opinion on the fates of those involved....more