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A letter from Sue Paterno to all Penn State Lettermen

By at February 9, 2013 | 4:35 pm | 0 Comment

A letter from Sue Paterno to all Penn State Lettermen

February 8, 2013 Dear Josh, For the past fourteen months I have refrained from commenting publicly about the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the related actions by the Board of Trustees, Louis Freeh, the President of Penn State and the NCAA. There have been many times, of course, when I wanted to speak out, but I […]

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Baffled, Befuddled, and Bamboozled: Penn State Trustees and NCAA are Sinking

By at August 9, 2012 | 7:41 pm | 0 Comment

Baffled, Befuddled, and Bamboozled: Penn State Trustees and NCAA are Sinking

When we last left the baffled and befuddled Penn State trustees, they were trying to figure out what happened in the Great NCAA Sanctimonious Sanction. What happened is that the NCAA bamboozled university president Dr. Rodney Erickson. The NCAA—having spent most of its history figuring out ways to make college athletics even more prominent on […]

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Capital Punishment for Penn State

By at July 17, 2012 | 9:31 am | 0 Comment

Capital Punishment for Penn State

Starting with our Puritan origins, American society has always placed great emphasis on assessing blame. Punishment is often arbitrary, judgment delivered as much by public opinion as by jury. We believe unacceptable acts are the isolated works of individuals, the few bad apples, people who are weak, morally flawed, or just plain evil.  We prefer […]

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Don’t Kill the Army Because the General Was Infected

By at July 17, 2012 | 9:30 am | 0 Comment

Don’t Kill the Army Because the General Was Infected

Joe Paterno guided his football teams to some pretty impressive performances. Football, we all know, is a seasonal preoccupation  – except in upper New England where winter isn’t just a word surrounding Christmas, and where basketball is the main focus, primarily, I suspect, because it’s not necessary to plow two feet of snow off the […]

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Tom’s Top Twelve Tall Tales: Tale #6

By at March 29, 2012 | 1:22 pm | 0 Comment

Governor Tom tells tall tales. Here is Tom’s Top Twelve Tall Tale Number Six – Public sector execs are overpaid. In 2009, the average compensation for a private sector CEO was $10,982,000 per year. Before he was sacked as President of Penn State University, Graham Spanier was the highest paid public sector exec in the […]

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Sanctimonious Hypocrisy: The Governor and the Penn State Board of Trustees

By at January 26, 2012 | 7:00 am | 23 Comments

Sanctimonious Hypocrisy: The Governor and the Penn State Board of Trustees

Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.) praised Joe Paterno and ordered flags on all state buildings to fly at half-staff for four days. That would be the same Tom Corbett who had said he was “personally disappointed” in Joe Paterno for not doing more to alert authorities in the Jerry Sandusky case, while acknowledging that Paterno did […]

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Joe Paterno Dies of a Broken Heart

By at January 22, 2012 | 2:43 pm | 12 Comments

Joe Paterno Dies of a Broken Heart

One of America’s greatest idols and sports leaders has died today. The immediate cause was cancer. We all know that the real cause was the unfair firing he experienced from the Penn State board of trustees. Given how much Joe loved Penn State, the college students there, the State College community, and setting the high […]

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This Year’s Smarties Awards

By at December 7, 2011 | 11:55 am | 2 Comments

This Year’s Smarties Awards

I admit it – I am a sentimentalist and a sucker for tradition. So, it pains me greatly that budget cuts have forced a hiatus for TV Smart Talk this December which precludes me from hosting the annual Smarties Awards. Given each December, the Smarties recognize the high and low achievements of our elected officials […]

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The Sanctimonious Scavengers of the Penn State Scandal

By at November 23, 2011 | 7:55 am | 5 Comments

The Sanctimonious Scavengers of the Penn State Scandal

There is nothing the media love more than a good celebrity sex scandal. Since the story of Scarlett Johansson’s purloined nude pictures had run its course, and the media squeezed every drop of ink it could from the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries engagement/wedding/marriage/divorce, they had to find something else to feed the beast with the insatiable […]

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Penn State Trustees Violated State Law

By at November 21, 2011 | 9:47 pm | 3 Comments

Penn State Trustees Violated State Law

The Penn State Board of Trustees may have several times violated state law for its failure to publicly announce meetings and how it handled the firing of Coach Joe Paterno. However, these violations may be the least of the Board’s worries, as it scrambles to reduce fall-out from the scandal that began with revelations that […]

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