Are we about to lose the happy in Happy Valley?

Greetings, readers. Although I do not follow the news as in-depth as some people do, I have been keeping up with the goings on as far as the Penn State scandal. Although I will not say much about who I think should be punished other than Jerry Sandusky, one of the questions which has many people on edge here in State College is the possible cancellation of the football season due to the death penalty from NCAA; in other words the NCAA would tell Penn State that they forfeit all the games of a season.

Very briefly before I get too worked up and scream, here are a few points in my mind. Point #1. Yes this was a complete tragedy, however, the football players ready to hit the gridiron in about a month were in elementary school or junior high when the unfortunate events took place. These college athletes had nothing to do with it. Why punish them?

Point #2. State College, Pennsylvania lives for the Central Festival of the Arts every July and eight home football games a year. Besides what little Christmas shopping rush we have, folks, you’re looking at the majority of our economy. State College, in my opinion, would be economically crippled without one, definitely two, seasons of football.

To wrap up this short blog post today. Yes, justice must be done to those guilty. I just don’t think that we would be punishing the right people by putting Penn State football for 2012 or beyond on death row. Until very soon, take care and happy reading.


One thought on “Are we about to lose the happy in Happy Valley?

  1. Hi, Joe. I agree that losing the football season would be a hardship on a lot of people who didn’t hurt anybody here.
    I think that in State College and at Penn State locations across Pennsylvania, we are struggling with shattered ideals. If the conclusions in the Freeh report are true, with Spanier, Schultz, Curley, and especially Joe Paterno not only knowing about possible child abuse but also covering it up to save the University from scandal, then it is horrifying. If when boys were hurt, in ways that will last the rest of their lives, and these top men could not care less about them, then they were not men to admire.
    And if this is true, what do we do about Joe Paterno? I want to be proud of his long career, his legacy as a football coach at Penn State for so long. I want Paterno library to keep that name as he and Sue Paterno donated so much to education and to the library (a lot of money but not just money). If he could have stopped the abuse by asking some questions and he didn’t, can I still be proud of him? Does this one thing override every good thing he did in his life?
    Rebecca, writing assistant


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