Penn State Columns on Townhall

  • Dennis Prager - Sandusky Abused Children, NCAA Abuses History

    Sandusky Abused Children, NCAA Abuses History

    Dennis Prager
    Posted: 7/31/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    One of the NCAA's punishments of Penn State was the vacating of all its football team's wins from 1998 through 2011.
  • Marybeth Hicks - Penn State penalty unfair, but the right thing

    Penn State penalty unfair, but the right thing

    Marybeth Hicks
    Posted: 7/26/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Every parent worth his or her salt at one time or another has done what the NCAA did this week when sanctioning Penn State University.
  • Bill Murchison - You Gotta be a Football Hero

    You Gotta be a Football Hero

    Bill Murchison
    Posted: 7/24/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The glory and majesty of Penn State's football program had come, seemingly, to outrank common human decencies, such as justice to the victims of Sandusky's perversions.
  • Steve Deace - Penn State: A Lack of Institutional Conscience & Control

    Penn State: A Lack of Institutional Conscience & Control

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 7/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The only way the Freeh Report on the Penn State scandal could’ve been any worse for those involved is if it discovered they acted as their former pedophile football coach’s pimps by helping him actually procure the young boys he abused.
  • Linda Chavez - Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    Linda Chavez
    Posted: 7/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has now issued his final report on the scandal at Penn State University, but the question remains: How could so many decent people fail to act when presented with an eyewitness account of sexual abuse of a child?
  • Bruce Bialosky - They Killed Him

    They Killed Him

    Bruce Bialosky
    Posted: 1/30/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    January 22nd was a sad day in America. A pitiful and depressing episode that confirms how a lawyer-controlled and weak-kneed society, ended with the tragic death of Joe Paterno. As sure as day turns into night, the actions taken last November by the Board of Trustees of Penn State University were responsible for the premature death of this great man.
  • Paul Greenberg - The Curtail Falls on the Tragedy of Joe Paterno

    The Curtail Falls on the Tragedy of Joe Paterno

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 1/25/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Sumday morning the word began to filter out. First it was a rumor, then the emails began arriving. Had the media jumped the gun again? But then the family released a statement. It was over. Joe Paterno, not only the football coach at Penn State, but the college's face -- and the face of honest college football -- had died.
  • Paul Driessen - Scandal and Insanity at Penn State

    Scandal and Insanity at Penn State

    Paul Driessen
    Posted: 12/9/2011 9:58:00 AM EST
    In a repeat of Copenhagen, on the eve of the Durban climate change gabfest, someone released another horde of emails from alarmist climate researchers, including Dr. Michael Mann, whose infamous “hockey stick” was headlined in the 2001 IPCC report to justify the Kyoto agreement and demands that nations slash fossil fuel use and economic growth.
  • Paul Greenberg - The banality of evil (cont'd)

    The banality of evil (cont'd)

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 12/2/2011 11:25:00 AM EST
    Somewhere, no doubt, Joe Paterno has a copy of all the memoranda he sent to the university about this or that outrage he duly reported, recorded and registered. And then duly, officially and thoroughly forgot. Hannah Arendt had a phrase for it: the banality of evil.
  • Michael Reagan - Child Rape Deserves the Ultimate Punishment

    Child Rape Deserves the Ultimate Punishment

    Michael Reagan
    Posted: 11/22/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Child rape is an unforgivable offense and should be severely punished. It should be a capital crime.
  • Bill Murchison - Football and Money

    Football and Money

    Bill Murchison
    Posted: 11/22/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    In the great scheme of things -- greater things than worldlings imagine on a trip to the mall -- it doesn't matter a bit that Texas A & M and the University of Texas are winding up their celebrated Thanksgiving Day, football rivalry.
  • Mona Charen - Students Share Penn State Shame

    Students Share Penn State Shame

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 11/22/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The initial shock of the child abuse scandal at Penn State was disturbing enough, but what came later may have been even more so. That Joe Paterno, other coaches and members of the administration failed in a straightforward, utterly uncomplicated moral task -- to protect defenseless children from rape -- is almost mind numbing.
  • Michael Brown - Rush Limbaugh Exposes the Elephant in the Closet

    Rush Limbaugh Exposes the Elephant in the Closet

    Michael Brown
    Posted: 11/21/2011 1:19:00 PM EST
    Rush Limbaugh has now confirmed what I wrote last week, explaining to a caller on Friday, November 18th that the elephant in the room in the Penn State scandal was that the alleged pedophile acts committed by Jerry Sandusky were homosexual in nature.
  • Michael Brown - What Could End Rush Limbaugh's Career?

    What Could End Rush Limbaugh's Career?

    Michael Brown
    Posted: 11/17/2011 11:14:00 AM EST
    It was surprising to hear Rush Limbaugh say the words, “I don’t have the guts to bring it up,” but he did, on November 8th, to his massive radio audience.
  • Ben Shapiro - Penn State: the Banality of Collaborative Evil

    Penn State: the Banality of Collaborative Evil

    Ben Shapiro
    Posted: 11/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    When the Israeli government captured Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann, journalist Hannah Arendt was struck by the fact that Eichmann appeared to be a nondescript accountant type. He was not highly intelligent, and he did not appear to be particularly vicious. This led Arendt to the conclusion that anyone could, under the right ideological circumstances, become evil.
  • Ken Connor - Cowardice and Collusion at Penn State

    Cowardice and Collusion at Penn State

    Ken Connor
    Posted: 11/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    In March 1964, New York City was rocked by the grisly murder of Kitty Genovese. Returning home from her job at a local sports bar, Genovese was attacked in the parking lot of her apartment complex and stabbed in the back while fleeing from her assailant. The murderer later returned to find Genovese collapsed in an exterior hallway of the complex (she was slowly suffocating from a punctured lung), and there he stabbed her several more times before raping her lifeless body.
  • Michael Reagan - Don't Be a Paterno: When a Child is Abused, Here's What to Do

    Don't Be a Paterno: When a Child is Abused, Here's What to Do

    Michael Reagan
    Posted: 11/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Penn State football coach Joe Paterno released a statement on Wednesday in which he said, "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." How lame is that, Coach?
  • Cal  Thomas - Penn State's Shame - and Ours

    Penn State's Shame - and Ours

    Cal Thomas
    Posted: 11/15/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The alleged sexual abuse of young boys by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is disgusting, outrageous, and immoral. That so many at the school's highest level allegedly engaged either in covering up serial abuses, or turned a blind eye to them in order to maintain the "integrity" of the football program and its legendary coach, Joe Paterno, adds insult to unfathomable injury.
  • Derek Hunter - An Anti-Capitalism Agency for Anti-Capitalist Protestors

    An Anti-Capitalism Agency for Anti-Capitalist Protestors

    Derek Hunter
    Posted: 11/13/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Elizabeth Warren, anti-capitalism crusader and U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts, claimed she is the author of the intellectual foundation for OWS. As the arrests, violence and bodies continue to pile up, she’s walked that back some, but she did say it and did mean it, and, in many ways, it is true.
  • Brian McNicoll - More To The Story At Penn State

    More To The Story At Penn State

    Brian McNicoll
    Posted: 11/12/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Back in 1999, I was driving into State College for a Penn State football game, listening to the pregame show on the radio. They were interviewing Jerry Sandusky about his impending retirement. The play-by-play man asked him how much he had enjoyed working with Joe Paterno.