Letters to the editor

Posted: July 20, 2012

THE PENN STATE sex abuse case was handled horribly. We all know that there is no one who can deny that. My huge problem is the mindset of people in authoritative positions to think the way they did. For Penn State officials at the top to feel that bad publicity to the university and its football program is more important than the welfare of the victims is beyond reprehensible.

I have been around sports my whole life. The thought of me or any of my fellow coaches or any athletic director or school president not reporting child abuse to the proper authorities is incomprehensible. The thought that any institution or sports team is more important than the welfare of a child being abused makes me sick.

What can be learned from this situation is that the Jerry Sanduskys of the world need to be stopped, no matter what the cost.

Listening to the Freeh Report press conference and hearing that maintenance men were afraid to report the abuse because they were afraid to lose their job shows the power the football program at Penn State has. No company, sports team, university or any other institution should have the power to scare people from doing the right thing.

Child abuse is a problem in this country and the world. No matter what the circumstance, we need to let our children know that if they have this problem, they can come to people in authority — parents, coaches, administrators, bosses — and they will do whatever it takes to stop it.

David Lee

Philadelphia

Divorcing who?

I wish Jeffrey Lurie was divorcing Andy Reid instead of his wife, Christina.

Jim Acton

Collegeville

Taxpayers benefit

Re: "It's Real Money" (editorial, July 5)

Disappointing was the editorial arguing that the Educational Improvement Tax Credit — a decade-old, bipartisan-supported program that gives children educational options through voluntary business tax credits — "costs taxpayers."

First comes the implication that businesses are not, in fact, taxpayers. Indeed, you seem to imply that citizens are best served when government takes more money out of the pockets of employers. But businesses are taxpayers, too, and they pass on the costs of their taxes to individuals through higher prices, smaller payrolls or less investment in the state.

Unfortunately, this falls into the typical tax-and-spend-proponent shell game that argues tax policy should seek to maximize the size of government. This attack on the EITC is befuddling, given that the expansion of educational tax credits, a $75 million increase, is less than public schools across Pennsylvania spend in one day.

More importantly, your lopsided argument ignores the savings of EITC. In 2010-11, the average EITC scholarship awarded for a student to attend a school of their choice was $1,099. In contrast, Pennsylvania school districts spent nearly $15,000 per student. In other words, the program offers scholarships to 13 students for the same cost as educating one in a public school. That is real savings to taxpayers, while offering students the opportunity to attend a better and safer school.

School choice saves — it saves students from violent and failing schools, and it saves taxpayers money by educating children at a lower cost.

Nathan A. Benefield

Director of Policy Analysis

Commonwealth Foundation

Hot, hot, hot

Boy, this heat is really something. It is affecting people's minds.

First there was John Roberts changing an unconstitutional law; and making it constitutional.

After that, a supposed Harvard law professor didn't know what a tax was.

Then there were the environment wackos who blamed the wildfires on global warming. It is actually because the wackos won't let the dead underbrush be cleared.

Then the vice president and pro athletes make a public-service announcement about men not hitting women. I wonder how many Islamist and middle east countries that will be played in.

Now I hear that the "Liberty Medal" will be awarded to someone who changed religions so he wouldn't have to fight for America.

But the best thing is that if Obamacare is left in effect, you will have to meet with the IRS to see if you have the right kind of insurance, which they will determine. That's when you will find out if you will be taxed and/or penalized, or both.

Tom Bell

Philadelphia

Food for thought

Re: Feeding Frenzy (editorial, July 16)

How terribly sad it is that after 60 years of Democratic rule, Philadelphians cannot even afford to feed themselves. Yet the DN wants us to celebrate the use of $61 million in food stamps each month because that sum supposedly multiplies itself and "adds $106 million to the local economy."

Certainly, money that is put into circulation for any reason gets spent and respent many times, but the idea that welfare spending has a positive effect on the economy is silly. If that were true, all we would need to do to solve our economic woes would be to give everybody an ACCESS card.

Michael Kubacki

Philadelphia

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