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For any decent person, this move would be a no-brainer. However, for an institution that enables the sickest of criminal acts in order to protect its reputation, it was a difficult decision that took much longer than it should have and will be protested against. Stay classy, Penn State.
Removal of the statue must be only the beginning of an acknowledgement that the entire community of Penn State and the surrounding area bears responsibility for what happened there. For only when the entire community feels a great pain that begins to equal that borne by the victims and their families will a healing even start to begin. The next announcement better be a suspension of the football program indefinitely at Penn State. The acknowledgement of sincere regret must include this and the resulting economic pain. If this shatters Penn State, then so be it for it will only approach the shattering of lives caused by this institution.
Paterno, his family, and the majority of penn state fans are victims but removal of the statue is probably for the best. I honestly believe Paterno just didn't know what to do but that in itself says he wasn't the great leader he was characterized to be.
bizsmith--How can one not know what to do if you hear an eyewitness account of a child being sexually abused by an adult? I believe he knew what to do, but didn't want to suffer the consequences of doing it.
There are a lot more things that need to be taken down at Penn State and many other universities, as well. Paterno's statue is just a start. Universities need to wake up and stop acting as if athletic programs are sacrosanct, no matter how much money they bring to the university.
The Penn State to do list to salvage some honor:
Step one, removal of statue: Done
Step two, killing the football program: To do
Good first step.
Some of these postings are a bit heavy handed - the inappropriate actions of a few are just that. It's silly thinking the whole university/community is somehow to blame.
Well, the commentariat here at startribune.com may have broken a new speed record when dmay88 chimed in, mere minutes after this story was posted, with the following:
"This is part of an agenda to rot us to the core so that our entire culture can be replaced with the hope and change of the progressive agenda."
Seriously, dmay88, you're blaming the culture of child abuse at Penn State (one that dates back to well before Jan. 20, 2009), on Barack Obama?
That is truly warped.
Taking 10(!) days (since the Freeh report) to do the right thing and remove the Paterno statue simply indicates how messed up decision-making still is on the Penn State campus. Next steps should be removing the entire current Penn State board and suspending Penn State football for the next decade.
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