Penn State penalties target the innocent
To the editor:
As a member of the Penn State Class of 1963, I am upset about the child abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky and the cover-up by Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier. The lives of many young children have been adversely impacted by these men.
And that is my point. These five individuals were involved with these tragic events — not the assistant football coaches, not the football players, not the faculty and not the student body.
I believe the NCAA president and executive board overstepped their authority by imposing very harsh penalties on the Penn State football program and by extension on the entire university. The penalties will needlessly decimate one of the premier athletic programs in the country and could debilitate the entire university.
If the leaders of a corporation, its president or vice president, commit a crime, are the junior level managers and hourly workers punished? If a parent commits a crime, are his or her children punished for the crime?
The NCAA decided to use Penn State as a scapegoat example to thwart other university leaders from going astray. I think the NCAA should have stayed out of it and let the criminal and civil proceedings run their courses. The NCAA is persecuting innocent people.
Donald A. Moskowitz
Romney flips on
too many subjects
To the editor:
I feel I must write to the paper because Gov. Mitt Romney is just plain not telling the truth, for all the people who lived in Massachusetts and lost their jobs to outsourcing jobs to China.
He did raise taxes and he was also out of the state for a combined total of almost two years feeling the grounds for a run for the presidency. He strongly denied that but after leaving office he did take a run for the presidency. Also for those of us who remember back then he is using the same speeches today as he did then.