The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

October 21, 2012

Cheers and jeers

Jeers: To 10th Congressional District candidates -- incumbent Republican Tom Marino and Democratic challenger Phil Scollo -- for taking their campaign down a ridiculous path. Marino, irked that Scollo's campaign was reminding voters that Marino voted for Paul Ryan's Medicare voucher plan, began airing political ads pointing out that Scollo had fallen behind on his taxes, accompanying that claim with an unflattering photo of Scollo in his undershirt. Scollo said his tax problems stemmed from financial struggles that accompanied medical problems of his wife and that the photo was taken by his daughter on Christmas morning. Still, at a minimum, someone seeking to represent 700,000 Pennsylvanians in Congress ought to be able to get their tax bills paid and embarrassing personal photos removed from Facebook first.

Cheers: To Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, who was among the team leaders who fought successfully to maintain team unity in the wake of the Penn State child sex coverup scandal and subsequent NCAA sanctions. This season, McGloin has demonstrated that he can lead on the field, as well. The Nittany Lions have gone undefeated over the last five games, including a 38-14 rout of Iowa on Saturday. What's next? How about a showdown this Saturday with Ohio State, a game that will feature the Big Ten's best teams and will be more like a conference championship than the actual game. Both Penn State and Ohio State are barred from the actual Big Ten championship.

Jeers: To Jerry Sandusky's defense attorney, Joe Amendola, who has repeatedly suggested that Sandusky's accusers are motivated by greed. Amendola went to this well again after Aaron Fisher revealed himself to be Victim 1, who was the first to alert police that he had been molested by the former Penn State football coach. If Amendola is correct, the state ought to develop a child abuse compensation fund to encourage victims to come forward and provide them with compensation commensurate with their suffering instead of allowing book publishers to determine the size of the award based on the notoriety of the pedophile.

Cheers: To the members of the state Legislature for taking action to develop appropriate penalties for the transgressions of foolish youths. A bill awaiting the signature of the governor would make it a summary offense -- roughly equivalent to a traffic ticket -- if a juvenile is caught with nude imagery of another juvenile. Under existing law, juveniles can be prosecuted with possessing child pornography in such cases.

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