At Joe Paterno's Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Jay Paterno took to the microphone to give a speech before receiving the honor on behalf of his father.
But rather than simply pay tribute to the accomplishments of his father, Jay did exactly as his father would have done.
|Confronted "false narrative" head on|
Success with honor.
Much like myself, Jay really didn't think much about the removal of Joe Paterno's statue. The bronze cast of Joe, with his finger raised aloft for number one, wasn't the Joe we all knew.
The Joe we all knew was the regular guy from Brooklyn with the accent who was more proud of the accomplishments of his players made off the field -- and in life - than the wins they compiled on it.
Not on your life and certainly not under Joe Paterno.
A school that put football above the values of human decency?
Only in the fantasy worlds of Ken Frazier, Louis Freeh, and Mark Emmert.
It was a "false narrative" -- and Jay Paterno made that point loud and clear.
The rays of truth are beginning to break through the cloud of lies that our University's administration and Board of Trustees have let prevail since November 2011.
However, we need thousands of rays of truth to shine and break through.
This is not about football. It's not about a statue. It's about all of us.
And it's up to all of us.
Every time the Board of Trustees attempts to hide the truth, it needs to be called out. Every time someone writes a fact-free op-ed condemning the University for the actions of Jerry Sandusky, we need to stand up and correct the record.
Pick up a pen and paper or go to your computer and bang out a letter to your newspaper. We can work to change the narrative, even if we do it one mind, one town, and one state at a time.
Allentown Morning Call firstname.lastname@example.org- 200 words
Bloomsburg Press Enterprise – Submit through website http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/content/submit-a-letter-to-the-editor
- 600 words
Bucks County Courier Times - email@example.com - 250 words
Centre Daily Times - firstname.lastname@example.org - 250 words
Clearfield Progress - Submit through website - http://www.theprogressnews.com/default.asp?ID3=23 - 300 words
Erie Times News email@example.com- 250 words
Hazelton Standard Speaker firstname.lastname@example.org - 250 words
Lock Haven Express, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Altoona Mirror, Lewistown Sentinel – Submit through website http://www.lockhaven.com - 250 words
New York Times - email@example.com - Letters should be 50 to 175 words, should refer to an article that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include the writer's address and phone numbers.
PennLive - firstname.lastname@example.org - 250 words
Philadelphia Inquirer email@example.com - LTE’s up to about 200 words, Op–Eds 500 to 800 words
Pittsburgh Post Gazette firstname.lastname@example.org - 250 words
Pittsburgh Tribune - email@example.com - 200 words
Reading Eagle - firstname.lastname@example.org - 200 words
Scranton Times/The Tribune - letters@TimesShamrock.com -
Wall Street Journal - email@example.com - Letters must be no longer than 250 words
York Daily Record - Submit through website http://www.ydr.com/letters/#submitletter
- 300 words
York Dispatch - firstname.lastname@example.org – LTE's 400 words or less. "Other Voices" pieces can be up to 800 words.
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