This morning, Penn State took down the Joe Paterno statue. Some people think it’s the wrong thing to do. I think it’s the right thing to do. His football program became too big and that led to a horrible cover up of what Jerry Sandusky did. Paterno also got too big and he forgot his mission is to educate and set a good example. I bet lots of college football coaches are like that, although I know of no others who covered up a sex scandal involving little boys. Word is drifting out that the NCAA will harshly punish PSU football but won’t give it the death penalty. Really? To read an article about the disputed statue, click here.

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  1. Neal

    I am quite pleased with that decision, too bad Paterno makes one mistake and his legend has been destroyed but this was not a game changer but a human changer, how he kept this creep underneath the blanket for way too long, and destroyed many lives.

    July 22nd, 2012 9:30 am

  2. Stan

    The best about the story were the comments under it. “A mistake is placing colored clothes with white clothes,It’s not knowing children are being raped and doing nothing” “I hope he’s in hell”. The public gets it. They know the monster crimes of Paterno and Penn State.
    Yet,the NCAA has allowed-according to Yahoo sports- Penn State to CHOOSE their own penalty of less scholarship and missed bowl games?. Like rape is a recruiting penalty? The school cannot be allowed to get off so easily..and like the statue I hope the public pressure creates real justice for the victims.

    July 22nd, 2012 9:32 am

  3. Brodie2Washington

    Penn State covered up the sexual assault of children because it’s football program was too big, too important, and a great revenue source.

    The NCAA will not give the death penalty because the Penn State football program is too big, too important, and a great revenue source.

    For the last 40 years our country has been morphing from rule of law and respect for policies, to rule of money. This latest scandal is one more symptom.

    I’d like to see some reporting on why colleges now need to go to such extreme lengths for revenue. What has changed over the last 4 decades?

    July 22nd, 2012 10:30 am

  4. Stan

    And some writer I think..is going to show that Paterno knew of Sandusky’s criminal behavior as far back as the 70′s.

    July 22nd, 2012 10:33 am

  5. Stan

    “Behavior”..its just too hard to say what it was, post after post.

    July 22nd, 2012 10:35 am

  6. Dennis

    Brodie – “For the last 40 years our country has been morphing from rule of law and respect for policies, to rule of money.”

    Read your history books. It has always been about money, gold, power. This just didn’t happen 40 years ago. This is the human condition. The revolution wasn’t faught over tea. It was faught over money in the form of taxes. The civil war wasn’t over slavery. It was faught over money in the form of tariffs. Throughout histroy wars have always been faught over money. Nothing has changed.

    July 22nd, 2012 11:38 am

  7. Dave T

    Paterno had a gift of always seeing the good in people, which I think ultimately led to his undoing as well. I think he saw the overall good the program had done for at risk youth and simply did not want to believe that something so atrocious could happen. And sadly it spiraled from there. We will likely never know what he thought, felt, the remorse, the pain he carried. But know that he did a lot of good, for a lot of people for a very long time.

    @ Dennis, well said. However, The American Civil war was about State Government vs. Federal Government and the struggle for whom had more authority. Secession was the southern states leaving the Union over just that. Now much also came along with it, but that was the primary issue involved. Following the Union victory, the Federal Government took on much broader powers over the states and has not looked back since. Two examples would be: The recent overrule of the Arizona immigration law and even the Medical Cannibas law in CA. It may be legal in the State but still Federally a crime, and guess which is higher on the food chain.

    July 22nd, 2012 8:44 pm

  8. Brodie2Washington

    Dennis – Thank you for your response.

    A simple question: Over the last 40 years, has the influence of big money and corporations in our political processes increased, decreased or stayed about the same?

    July 22nd, 2012 9:02 pm

  9. Johnc

    Well, too bad the pure- as -the- driven- snow Penn State Football Machine will be allowed to continue.
    In time it will be like nothing had happened.there…. all eyes will be on.three yards and a cloud of dust..
    I can’t get out of my mind Paterno saying almost in the same breath..”yeah..I should have done more for those kids…now let’s get ready for the Nebraska football rally !!”

    July 23rd, 2012 3:57 am

  10. Dennis

    Brodie, it all depends on what you are comparing it to. Corporate influence has not been as strong as it was during the start of the industrial revolution. And I don’t think it has gotten any worse in the last 40 years. I think what has changed is our awareness of it and certainly we have become much more PC these days. If you want to see a great dissertation on greed, which is what you are talking about check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWsx1X8PV_A

    July 23rd, 2012 10:31 pm

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