Letters: Paterno, Michael Jackson and the jerks

Posted: February 02, 2012

CHRISTINE Flowers: Your column about Joe Paterno said it all perfectly. I heard on the news that they immortalized Michael Jackson at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood. His kids were there pushing their hands into the cement. Jackson was accused of many awful things over the years, just because he was different, but he was so big that it didn't matter, and he was never convicted of any of it. The people who loved and cherished him won't let media or anything else get in the way of what is rightfully due him.

Joe Paterno was wrongfully accused of something that was not even proven yet. All hearsay. The media and the Penn State board were trying to condemn him before anything was ever investigated. No one is perfect, and we all are guilty of not doing enough about something.

The board of trustees really messed this one up. They threw Joe under the bus and put the media on his tail to cover up their own botched handling of the whole thing. I watched the memorial service and was so glad that none of the board nor the governor was present. They are just jealous that this simple man, a football coach, has done so much for Penn State and the students, and got more respect than them.

I am so glad that the students and players of Penn State will not let Paterno's legacy be tarnished. I am so proud of all of them and will defend Paterno's honor forever. He deserves every honor bestowed on him.

Let the man rest in peace. Leave his family alone, because in the end you will see that Paterno was not guilty of anything. We need more people like Joe Paterno in this world! He has inspired every household in this state and more.

Annette Sarris

Philadelphia

Media critic

Yo, guys: You print only five days (not counting that weekend paper that nobody reads). On Tuesdays there is nothing to it. Now I see Thursdays are the same way.

What are all you people reporting on? If they have nothing to write about, go in the neighborhoods and find some good stories to bring to us. We don't like to read just about crime.

Bobby LaVelle

Philadelphia

Amaro's letting-go

As a lifelong Phillies fan, I am outraged and upset with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s decision to let Ryan Madson go. Isn't this the same guy who once let Cliff Lee go, which likely cost us the 2009 World Series?

Madson is one of the best relief pitchers in baseball, and could have pitched any three of the last innings and has, to near perfection. There is absolutely no excuse for letting him go. It's not only another tragic decision, but certainly sends the wrong message to every Phillie fan in trying to win a world championship. It just doesn't make any sense.

I am also sick and tired of these millionaires and their million excuses. Phillies fans, you deserve better!

Joseph A. DeWan

Philadelphia

Wake up, Democrats!

Everybody is trying to blame President Obama for what's going on in our country. Look what Obama has to work with in Washington because the Democrats did not come out to vote in the November election.

I say this to all Democrats: You better come out in force in November 2012. I feel that the president has done a good job and that he will win another four years if you come out to vote.

This is for Democrats: Wake up!

Carol L. Jones

Philadelphia

Mind-set of mayhem

Philly's murder rate is once again the highest among the 10 largest cities in 2011. The murder count was 324, and most of this carnage was in the poor, black neighborhoods, and most were due to disputes over really trivial things.

Each day I hear or read about another killing of a black person by another black person. It appears that this is the acceptable norm in our communities. Young black males stroll through the neighborhood without a conscience, and are very angry about how their lives have turned out. The only thing that they have left is this convoluted mind-set of what manhood is, and they are not letting anybody take their manhood. A threat or a perceived threat might lead to a deadly confrontation. This pathology is prevalent in our communities.

How did this get to a crisis point? The courts, the criminal-injustice system and the media have created an image that all black males are a criminal underclass that has to be controlled at any cost. There is no premium on black life, and at times our behavior dictates that there is none. Let's respect each other.

Larry Hunt

Philadelphia

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