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December 05, 2011
Dewayne Dedmon is a prime example of how emotional abuse can influence a child's development. We should all be thankful that this young man had the courage to escape an environment that threatened his ability to think independently and was able to resist falling prey to the lure of drugs and crime in order to follow the best master of all: his conscience.
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December 05, 2011


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The first sentence in your subheadline from your story about the LSU-Alabama game (Still the One, Nov. 14) reads, "An instant classic it was not." I have to ask, What game were you guys watching? That was the most intense, hard-hitting and exciting football game I've seen in a long time. True gridiron fans know that defense and collisions are what make football great. Pads crunching, bodies colliding, ground and pound, that's what we live for.

Luke Meighan, Lexington, Ky.

Unhappy Valley

Phil Taylor's column on the horrific scandal at Penn State (POINT AFTER, Nov. 14) was well-crafted and insightful. As a proud Penn State alum, I was embarrassed watching Joe Paterno hold an impromptu pep rally on his front lawn, leading well-wishers in a "We are Penn State" chant that, in the aftermath, rings incredibly hollow. If Joe wants to help the students, the alumni and the victims and their families begin the daunting process of healing, perhaps his new mantra should begin with, "This is who we really were, and this is how it happened."

Dan Mallon, Langhorne, Pa.

I agree with Taylor's assessment that a "cover-up culture pervades big-time college sports." However, this culture is not limited to college sports. All one has to do is look at the massive child sex abuse cover-up that took place at the highest levels of the Catholic church to see that this problem is all around us.

Jeremy Medovoy, Bethesda, Md.




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