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Regarding "PSU Alums Push to 'Find the Truth': Franco Harris Leads Group of 140 in Lambasting Grand Jury, Trustees" (Nov. 11): As a PSU alumnus, I am offended by the event organized in Pittsburgh Nov. 10 by Mr. Harris, filmmaker John Ziegler and Rob Tribeck of the Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship and others.
They have a right to their opinions, but so do I and so do other PSU alumni. We have the right to denounce their activist denial about the failure of Penn State leaders to act regarding Jerry Sandusky's child abuse. As the Post-Gazette reported, Mr. Ziegler called the media "morons and lemmings."
These groups also reject the Pennsylvania grand jury indictment against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz.
Those who gave testimony to the grand jury were lifelong Penn State employees, including a lawyer and a former Penn State chief of police. These individuals did not testify as part of a political grudge. They testified because they were responsible and law-abiding individuals.
A year later, it is a further disgrace to Penn State that, after the conviction of Sandusky and all the other evidence and reports, there are still those in denial. The Penn State scandal didn't stop with Sandusky, and it didn't stop with those who looked the other way. The Penn State scandal continues with those who are in denial even today.
The Penn State scandal continues with those who never did, and still today don't, understand the very words of their alma mater song. The Penn State alma mater words "May no act of ours bring shame" were never about "Penn State pride," but have always been about "Penn State responsibility."
First Published November 18, 2012 12:00 am