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Joe Paterno, Icon or Moron?Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
This famous money making coach of great sports success did no service to the athletes and their families.
(CLEVELAND) - Some people never saw the mess at Penn State emerging, others knew all about it the whole time. The tribute to a coach who did nothing to help the victims of widespread sex abuse is emblazoned across the university wall, it calls him a humanitarian... cough.
Is there a type of deceit or underhanded behavior and modus operandi that is worse?
And what about that statue of Joe Paterno?
Some, large numbers in fact, believe it should be toppled like Saddam Hussein's image in Baghdad.
Even Nike here in Oregon, took his name down from the building named after him! The idea of leaving the Paterno statue in place is enticing but it is not real, there is no way it would last any time at all, though if it did it needs a blindfold over Papa Po's eyes to signify his lack of heart for the victims of his school and his team and perhaps it could be made of metal and welded into place.
There are things in this world that people can not escape from. This famous money making coach of great sports success did no service to the athletes and their families. - Intro by Tim King, Salem-News.com news editor
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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