I have some mixed emotions about that.
The people responsible for the Jerry Sandusky mess are in a bunch of trouble with the law. Only Joe Paterno, who in my mind was most culpable of all (excepting Sandusky), got away . . . by dying.
But literally thousands of people who had absolutely nothing to do with Sandusky raping young boys in Penn State’s showers (and in hotel rooms paid for by Penn State) will pay, too.
When Penn State hits a decade of losing – and it will – the economic impact on “Happy Valley” will be staggering.
Hotel rooms will be empty, maids will be out of work, hot dogs will get cold and unsold. That’s just a couple of examples. As one letter writer put it:
“ . . . and all of the other paycheck-to-paycheck workers who desperately need income from football games and the fans . . . collectively, their losses could well exceed the $60m imposed on the school itself.”
The list is endless and is going to hit thousands of people who had absolutely nothing to do with – or knew about – the sickness spawned by Sandusky at Penn State.
The program will suffer greatly and it should. Others get caught in the fallout.
I’m not saying I’m right. Truth is I don’t have an answer . . .
Most likely, he will suffer in kind.
On a recent visit, I counted just SEVEN cigarette butts near the front entrance. Not too long ago, you could count 70 or more in the same area.
The kid – which he no longer is – showed consideration for his parents, especially his dad, from the word go. His mom woke me up along about 7 in the morning, he saw daylight for the first time around 1:30 that afternoon.
I didn’t lose a wink of sleep, and he’s been pretty considerate of his mom and dad since. So . . . Happy Birthday, Barry Stephen Smith.
Joe is two things, a really good guy and a man of the dirt. He flat out loves growing . . . and he lives just over the hill from our house.
Thanks, Joe . . . these are worth every penny.
At the moment, Ken hopes to make one more trip after Friday, but isn’t sure. I’ll keep you posted.
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org