Editorial unfair to Paterno

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When I saw the editorial about Joe Paterno and his possible role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal (“Out of bounds,” Nov. 9), I thought The Augusta Chronicle was going to compare what was happening to Paterno to what is happening to Herman Cain and condemn the “trial by media.” Instead, I see that The Chronicle has become part of the problem.

You could have focused on Sandusky, condemning his vile acts. You could have written about the state attorney general’s mishandling of the case and how it could result in the victims not receiving justice. You could have criticized the people identified in the grand jury report as knowing about Sandusky, but who did nothing.

Instead you choose to criticize Joe Paterno for not doing enough.

The truth will come out when Jerry Sandusky or the two university officials who have been charged are brought to trial. But why wait for that? Who needs a legal system when so many are eager to step up and pass judgement?

The cult of victimhood demands that someone be blamed, and The Chronicle is there to point the finger.

Greg Szymik

Aiken, S.C.

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burninater
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burninater 11/10/11 - 02:37 am
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"Cult of victimhood", brought

"Cult of victimhood", brought to you by the cult of being responsible for nothing.

For not going directly to the police with this, Paterno should face criminal charges for being an accessory.

I know we worship our sports heroes in this country, but this was a cover up of children being raped.

The time of worshipping people as symbols rather than holding them accountable for what they do in reality is coming to an end.

Good riddance.

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Techfan 11/10/11 - 04:51 am
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Joe reported to his

Joe reported to his superiors. Like shrimp said, he should have followed up, but the guy's 84 years old. There are some sick, sick, sick people in this world.

burninater
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burninater 11/10/11 - 06:37 am
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Reported to his superiors?

Reported to his superiors? No. You report the rape of children to the police. There is no excuse for Paterno's actions. He was actively involved in trying to protect a predator of children from arrest.

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avidreader 11/10/11 - 06:53 am
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Greg, I doubt your commentary

Greg, I doubt your commentary is going to carry any weight with the Augusta public. I am aware that the ACE staff tends to go off of the deep end occasionally, but concerning Joe Paterno, they nailed it. Burninater says it all.

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hounddog 11/10/11 - 08:43 am
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shrimp, ‘Paterno is a good
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shrimp, ‘Paterno is a good man who did what was right only he's being blamed for not making sure his superiors took the accusations seriously. ‘
Watching child abuse sweep under a rug is doing the right thing, I don’t think so. He was protecting his friend and should be fried. He worked with the pervert over 30 years and he didn’t know, give me a break.

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onlysane1left 11/10/11 - 08:51 am
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Joe Pa had to go. An 80+ year

Joe Pa had to go. An 80+ year old man should have known better than to let an predator like this free to roam for the years that he did. The grad student who witnessed the incident is just as guilty as Paterno. This is a serious crime that should have been reported to authorites, not, school officals, whose best interest is themselves and the school. I am just wondering why did it take so long for all of this to unfold and come out.

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blues550 11/10/11 - 08:53 am
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Sorry, reporting to yourd
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Sorry, reporting to yourd supervisors doesn't cut it. PA law is the same as Georgia's, you see something, you report it to the authorities. Point, game and match. Paterno did not do this, and he is deservedly payingthe price.

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Iwannakno 11/10/11 - 09:48 am
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I would have to agree...if
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I would have to agree...if you worked in a bank and it was being robbed who do you call...the bank manager or the police? He dropped the ball and children suffered. There is no excuse for that and I don't care if it was the President of the United States.

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Bizkit 11/10/11 - 09:49 am
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Well apparently peoples love

Well apparently peoples love of football is greater than their disgust related to sexual misconduct-note all the protests in support for the National Champion winner bringing in fame, prestige, and big bucks. Now that I find disgusting.

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Carleton Duvall 11/10/11 - 10:35 am
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Greg, looks like one of those

Greg, looks like one of those times that you should have counted to ten before hitting the send button. Don't feel bad though. We all do it.

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Jake 11/10/11 - 12:00 pm
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I have been a long time

I have been a long time admirer of JoePa and his program at Penn State. But he should not be given a pass in this scandal. He has been instrumental in trying to instill character, honesty, responsibility and academic achievement in his student athletes. His program and accomplishments speak for themselves. He is/was the face of Penn State. With all of that comes immense responsibility on his part. His failure to follow up on the allegations against his friend Sandusky goes against what he was trying to instill in his student athletes. His inaction allowed other boys to be defiled and has brought shame to himself and the university that he claims to love so much.
Penn State is a fine university and much bigger than it's football team and legendary coach. It will survive but this stain will take a while to go away.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/10/11 - 12:07 pm
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How do we know the interim
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How do we know the interim coach guy is blameless?

allhans
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allhans 11/10/11 - 02:09 pm
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This letter arrived a day

This letter arrived
a day late ...
The editorial has since proven to be true.

Jilly Bean
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Jilly Bean 11/10/11 - 07:27 pm
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We all the respondsibility to

We all the respondsibility to protect those that can not protect themselves. This coach did not do that and he should be held accountable along with many others. I hope more people are punished for this mistake because in so many ways this is wrong and very sad.

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