Paul D. Kelly, Sr.
Still Happy and Freeh
First, I've never been to "Happy Valley," I don't know the Paterno family, nor anyone connected to the university. Likewise, I've never played football, but I am able to recognize what appears to be an illegal hit.
What happened to those young boys, as reported, was vile, wicked, evil to the core, and justice must be meted out. Sins of commission and omission have to be dealt with. Lives will never be the same, especially for the young victims.
All families, both parental and corporate, must always seek to protect the innocent; it's humane, and it's morally expected by their creator.
That said, revisionist history can never be tolerated as a response to any situation, and a board's might does not make right. As a punishment for something bad, you cannot make something good simply go away. Poof, it never happened. Games played are still games played. Injuries that occurred during those games historically happened. Careers launched by the playing of those games should still be substantiated by the record books. Coaches planned for and won those missing games.
Some very immoral things have been done in the presidency of our nation, but we do not erase those years from the history books as punishment. Many good things were done in the same period.
History should never be "adjusted" because of wrongdoing on the part of others. History, in any venue, is a living reference to both good and evil at all levels. It must be preserved and its accuracy protected.
Yes, these may be considered only games, but ask yourself what historical records might a small group of powerful men decide to deny, delete and destroy tomorrow, or the next day?
The deleted games must be placed back in the record books. Their factuality is not relevant to the evil actions of a few. It's a senseless response, unfair to thousands of innocent men and women who worked hard to attain those achievements. They are part of Penn State history.
You don't discard a dozen eggs because one in the carton is cracked, and deny they ever existed. The principle is the same. Don't rewrite history.
You don't destroy a football program because of a pedophile and his enablers, just as you don't dismantle the Catholic religion for pedophile priests and their hierarchical co-conspirators. You persecute the guilty to poverty, then allow their fellow prisoners to finish the "justice."
The Freeh report found that trustees failed to implement a federal law requiring the collection and reporting of abuse. It also said that the board "… failed to create an environment which held the University's most senior leaders accountable to it."
Fifteen current trustees were board members in the years before 2010, when Sandusky was abusing children, management was covering up the crimes and the board looked the other way. To date, not a single one of these trustees has resigned. Instead, we hear empty rhetoric, like, "We accept full responsibility."
The solution is simple. Taxpayers, alumni and students should give each of these trustees a choice: resign, or personally pay the cost of litigation, penalties and settlements with the victims of abuse that took place under your watch.
Upper St. Clair, Pa.
Using the same rationale, that the NCAA should shut down PSU football for the actions or inaction of a few men, shouldn't the Philadelphia or Boston Archdiocese be shut down because of the same by its past leaders, or maybe just its CYO programs? Of course not; that is why condemning the program is ludicrous.
The wrong people would be punished for their transgressions. Scholarship players to concessions workers to other sports programs that depend on funding from football offering athletes a better future through scholastic education would be affected. Businesses would fold because of the lack of fall revenue. State tax revenue would decrease, and not just sales but income and property tax because of layoffs and relocation. Unemployment compensation would rise. Thousands of Centre County residents would suffer in some indirect residual form.
Punish the culprits to the full extent, do whatever is possible to help the victims and move on. But always remember the atrocity.
According to the FBI — the organization headed by Louis Freeh in 1996 — Richard Jewell was the person who bombed the 1996 Olympics, in Atlanta. How did that conclusion work out for him? Completely incorrect — that's how. Remember all the media coverage? Remember the defamation of that innocent man's name perpetrated by the FBI and the national media? So, let's all just blindly accept everything in Louis Freeh's recent Penn State report as fact. Let's not consider the possibility that any of his conclusions could possibly be incorrect. Never happened before, right? Nice job by the mainstream media of reporting all the relevant facts. You have come through in the name of truth and fairness once again. Keep up the good work!
William A. Thorpe