After reading the newspaper July 24 I feel compelled to respond to the grief of Brandon Noble, CCU's assistant coach. I am a 65-year-old retiree, the oldest of six first-generation college-educated siblings. Of those siblings, three graduated from PSU. Of the 19 next generation college grads, we have eight Penn State grads. Are we Penn State? Yes, we are. Do we share his grief? Immensely.
Am I hesitating to wear my Penn State hats and shirts in public right now? Yes. I just don't want to talk about it all the time. Do we need to remember that PSU was just placed at the top for graduating student/athletes? Yes. Do we need to remember what the Penn State students have contributed to Thon/pediatric cancer and now the victims of child abuse? Yes. Will all of the great education and philanthropy win out in the headlines? No. Titillation sells. Scandal sells. Yet in the end let us hope that the difference in student's lives was made through the education and the community that is Penn State.
What do all the men and women who were inspired by Paterno need to carry into their lives now? They -- no, we, all of us -- must learn that respect for the individual is far greater than respect for the estate/institution. It is playing out on every level in our country today. Let's learn something positive from this.
All individuals are worthy of respect.
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.