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Letter to the Editor
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Congressman Mike Doyle's recent letter to the NCAA president ( “Pa. congressmen ask NCAA to relax sanctions on Penn State football” ) is a perfect example of what was, is and will continue to be wrong with Penn State.

My congressman wants the NCAA to “sweep under the rug” the evil that was aided and abetted by the entire Penn State community. The Freeh report clearly states that the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal occurred because of a “culture of reverence” for football at Penn State. In my opinion, the NCAA should have shut down football at Penn State as a punishment, instead of fining it.

Mr. Doyle says in his letter that he wants to protect taxpayers. However, I think it is because he is a Penn State alumnus and, like many “Penn Staters,” is unable to see the need for punishment of the football program.

Mr. Congressman, the issue is the morally indefensible inaction of the entire Penn State community to serve the idolatry of its once iconic but now tarnished coach and football program. That is the real issue here, not tax dollars, bowl games or cushy seats at the stadium.

Bob Sevcik

Penn Hills

The writer is a University of Pittsburgh alumnus.

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