With the conviction of Jerry Sandusky for raping defenseless young boys, Pennsylvania investigators are focusing on the Penn State administrators the late Joe Paterno enlisted to help cover up Sandusky’s heinous crimes for nearly two decades.

Last fall in State College when Paterno was fired, many delusional Penn State students and alumni turned into a violent mob. However, at minimum, Paterno had two chances to stop a monster. Each time, he looked the other way. Instead, Paterno orchestrated a massive coverup that enlisted the help of his assistant coaches and university administrators from the athletic director all the way up to the president of the university. So instead of doing the right thing, these ‘molders of men’ enabled a remorseless predator to continue stalking and raping young boys.

Penn State sits in rural central Pennsylvania and is isolated from experienced urban criminal investigators and a prying media. Paterno and the administrators were consumed by the arrogance such insulation from the outside world spawns. Penn State’s goal was to protect the lucrative revenue stream that relied heavily on the “JoePa” image by covering up Sandusky’s criminal conduct. Sickeningly, Paterno and PSU acted with the same remorseless, predatory calculation as Sandusky. They broke the law to protect “JoePa” and Penn State. Meanwhile, with no regard for vulnerable young boys, the rule of law or human decency, Paterno and Penn State knowingly unleashed a revered former coach who was also a serial pedophile rapist on an unsuspecting community.

Together Paterno, Sandusky and Penn State won two national championships. But from now on, when America thinks of Penn State football, it will no longer think of championships. America will remember being repulsed by a head coach and a university that placed greater value on money and image than on protecting innocent young boys. America will consider those championships forever diminished by the horror of sedate, stately courtrooms reverberating with the unmistakable and heart-rendering sobs of the victims of Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and Penn State University.

America now understands the true meaning of the “Penn State Way,” a phrase that deserves to live in infamy.

David M. McGrew

Akron

Keep the mandate

If Americans can buy wine, beer, junk food, cigarettes and lottery tickets, they can buy some sort of health insurance. This would help old people like me when our Medigap plan tells us the cost of care is out of control and it has to raise the cost. President Obama has the right idea. I have people in my own family who would not dream of buying insurance, and they don’t seem to mind that grandma is paying for their care. Time to keep that law.

Grace Sanders

Stow

Develop our ?oil reserves

Cheap energy, along with free enterprise have been credited with the reason that the United States became the prosperous world power that it is.

In the past century, great progress has been made in improving air and water quality and thus improving the health and longevity of U.S. citizens. Credit must be given to environmentalists and others for this achievement.

Petroleum products have been largely responsible for the great improvement in productivity. We now have a persistent effort to further improve environmental quality by replacing petroleum. There is no doubt that petroleum products are somewhat responsible for our remaining environmental problems.

Several replacements for fossil fuels are being considered, including wind, solar, fuel cell and biodegradable fuels. As of this date, none of these possible replacements has the volume or the cost efficiency to fully replace petroleum products. Electric vehicles are price-competitive only with the aid of government subsidies. The batteries must be recharged with electricity, which is mostly obtained by burning coal in our power plants. Ethanol has proved to be an inefficient substitute for gasoline.

We encourage development of alternative sources of energy on an experimental or even pilot-plant level, but wonder about the wisdom of committing large funds for production facilities, which are not economically feasible at the present time. It is generally the opinion that energy from petroleum products will be needed for at least a large part of our energy requirements for a very long time.

Why then, do we not concentrate on further development of currently available petroleum? We currently spend huge amounts of money (which we do not have, but must borrow) for petroleum from overseas. The recipients of this expenditure have used it to finance terrorist activity in many instances.

New developments such as fracking have unlocked large sources of natural gas. A modification of this same technology may have the capacity for also unleashing the enormous petroleum resources existing in shale in our Western states. The volume of this potential petroleum is thought to rival that of Saudi Arabia.

Until there are verified and available replacements for petroleum, encourage the development of offshore oil on both Atlantic and Pacific coasts, in Alaska, and in Western shale. This will create jobs, and by increasing available supplies, will greatly reduce the price of oil and thus of gasoline.

R.B. Miller

Cuyahoga Falls

Predictable losses

How can you write an editorial on public sector job loss in Ohio (“Trouble in recovery,” June 21) without mentioning the repeal of Senate Bill 5? Gov. John Kasich warned of layoffs as the state attempts to balance the budget. You got what you voted for, Ohio. Now live with it.

Bryon Wine

Uniontown

Top of his game

No one, unless he or she has been No. 1 in the world, can know how much it takes to get there physically, mentally and emotionally. LeBron James did it and should be very proud. The community in which he was raised should also share in the joy that our hometown hero achieved his dream.

He has been a wonderful example to all who aspire to greatness not only in athletics but in community service as well. Why some cannot look at his growth as a work in progress, I think, speaks of their flaws, not his.

Even though it isn’t likely, I would welcome the chance to share a conversation with him. Congratulations, LeBron. Please continue to grow. You are still not all you can be.

Sid Landskroner

Akron

Deserving of ?a pay raise

Perhaps it’s time for the powers that be at Kent State University to forgo some of the lavish bonuses paid to the president and direct them where they rightly belong. Coach Scott Stricklin and the great baseball team have done more to promote Kent State than anyone in a very long time. Pay him what other coaches are making before we lose him to another college that recognizes his superior talent. Stricklin and the amazing team have taken Kent State from infamous to really famous all across the nation.

Tobi Battista

Tallmadge

Marriage and ?the Constitution

Carl Dauber, in his June 15 letter (“Dangerously redefining marriage”), claims that individual states solely determine regulations concerning marriage. He further states that the U.S. Constitution is not involved in any limitation of a state’s rights to define marriage.

Before 1967, 14 states prohibited marriage between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court in a case titled, Loving v. Virginia, determined that the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment barred states from prohibiting marriage solely on the basis of racial classifications.

Dauber may express his opinion as he pleases, but he should not premise his opinion upon errors of fact and law.

Bradford M. Gearinger

Akron

Stop the calls

Companies are breaking the law every day. I signed up years ago for the Do Not Call list The list has become a joke.

At first there was peace and quiet in my home with no phone ringing constantly. But now, we are constantly bombarded with electronic call selling their wares. When we stay on the line to stop these calls, they hang up on us. These electronic calls are just a way for these companies to circumvent the law.

They know they are breaking the law but don’t care. Now we have to answer these calls just to make sure it isn’t an emergency from someone we know. After that we have to contact the attorney general to get them to stop harassing me. I should not have to do that. What about Do Not Call don’t these companies understand?

Curtis Blevins

Fairlawn