“Families Come In All Sizes And Shapes”

6 Aug
Dear Readers,
Please read this letter to the Edit regarding Penn State’s punishments titled “Penn State penalties punish the innocent.”
“I am writing to express my outrage at the actions taken by Mark Emmert of the NCAA against the Penn State community. This is an example of what happens when too much power is given to any one individual.
While Jerry Sandusky’s actions were horrific and inexcusable, the athletes who accomplished all the victories (many hard-fought ones) during that time do not deserve to have any of them vacated because of something they knew nothing about and did not take part in. No player rules were broken. Why has this leader not also vacated the Penn State losses during this time period? I am an Ohioan and an Ohio State fan, so there is no connection for me here, and I hope OSU will not accept these “victories” from Penn State.
It seems that every new scandal results in escalated penalties for some reason. The NCAA needs to take action immediately restore these wins and cut back the power of Emmert.”
Thomas W. Billing, Springfield
Well Thomas I am not the editor but I will respond to your incredibly stupid and self-absorbed letter.
The children were being molested at Penn State. Joe Paterno aka, “Papajoe” (ironic don’t you think?) had well known about the awful crimes going on for years and he did NOTHING. Let me take that back, he actually promoted and helped Sandusky carry out his horrible sexual acts on innocent vulnerable children by doing NOTHING.  Joe Paterno was more concerned about protecting his dear friend and his dear football program then he was about innocent helpless vulnerable children.
“The most powerful men at Penn State Failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.” -Louis Freeh
Freeh goes on to report,
“He blamed Paterno, former Penn State President Graham Spanier and administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley for having “never demonstrated … any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest,” while the board of trustees failed to perform its oversight duties.
That collective failure “to protect against a child sexual predator harming children” lasted “more than a decade” and allowed Sandusky to further harm his victims, the full report says.”
” The figures once in charge – president Graham Spanier, senior vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley – are all gone, with the last two awaiting trial, while Paterno died in January at age 84.”….”Still, no number of docked scholarships, missed bowl trips or cash payments will counterbalance the enabling of a serial rapist of children.” -Alexander Wolff -Sports Illustrated, July 30
For me, it is my belief and position if the football players had any sense of moral decency they would transfer to another college ASAP! AND donors would hold back their donations for a few years giving Penn State time to reflect, to prove it trustworthy for the safety of all children and they can police and call the police on their own. That no one and especially a college football program are NOT above the law and  welfare of innocent children. And no one should every forget that!
So Thomas W. Billing, Springfield – people are people because of other people. I raised my children as I was raised; with the strict understanding as a family we are all connected, what you do is a reflection of us all. Whether or not you view Penn State as a family, it is and the actions and decisions of a few top people became a dark and sad reflection on the whole Penn State family which now everyone must suffer the consequences. 
Thomas, your frustration and anger should be redirect to Spanier, Schultz, Curley, Paterno and especially at Sandusky. Extreme sympathy to all those children (now adults) whose childhood was forever taken by a pedophile and by an elite group of very wealthy and selfish team of men that knew better but instead enabled a child predator to destroy the lives of so many children for years for 14 years!
Asklotta and Staff is MINDING YOUR BUSINESS today in hopes that you all take the time to mind someone’s business if you think for one second a child is in danger!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

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