After Penn State Scandal, Grad Describes 'Loss of Faith' in Parents' Generation

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno watches his team during practice. (Rob Carr/Getty)

The damage in the Penn State sex abuse scandal continues to grow. At least 10 more alleged victims have reportedly come forward. Many of the alleged victims came from former assistant Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile foundation, a program he started for at-risk youth. Thomas Day attended the Second Mile foundation when he was younger, and later volunteered with the group.

Day is also an Iraq war veteran and a Penn State graduate. In a Washington Post op-ed, Day wrote about experiencing a "loss of faith" in his parents' generation after news of the charges against Sandusky broke.


Thomas L. Day

Comments [8]

Angel from Miami, FL

Current day politics are the product of the baby boomer generation. They are the ones running government, corporations, and the military. They were given everything and grow up in America's ascension. Now they work to remove the same benefits given them and look away as that glorious world they enjoyed decays. Daddy gave them a brand new car, they've run it into the ground and are selling it to the Chinese as scrap. I don't want to generalize but it would seem that the majority of the boomer generation is only looking out for themselves at the expense of everyone else. It's quite sad really.

Nov. 17 2011 12:02 PM
Diane Gaw from Worcester, MA

I have to note that, while Sandusky may be in Mr. Day's parents' generation, Paterno is, at 87, part of the so-called Greatest Generation...and it was under his leadership that Sandusky flourished.

Let's stop the generalization and blaming everything on the Baby Boomers (I've heard a lot of that from 25- to 35-year-olds), since neither of these men were Boomers. I'll bet the university leaders weren't, either.

Bad judgement doesn't have an age.

Nov. 16 2011 01:10 PM
Christine from Detroit

The author said, "if I were a leader . . ." Why isn't he leading if he thinks he can do a better job? Then he says older people should "get out of the way" so younger people can take over, sounds like the typical entitlement mentality of this generation.

A great leader steps up and leads.

Nov. 16 2011 10:04 AM
Jason from Detroit, MI

I believe that there must be a distinction made between the generation as a whole and those in the generation who have power. There is no doubt that those of our parents' generation with power have unabashedly abused the power given them. This is true of both politicians and business leaders. No longer is the debate become whether it is ethical or right to do something, it is whether it is legal or illegal. If it legal, well anything goes. Our leaders have lost their moral compass and I do not mean that to have any religious connotations. Rather, they have lost the common sense approach to recognizing what is right and what is wrong.

Nov. 16 2011 09:24 AM
anna22 from new york

Where's MY comment?

Nov. 16 2011 09:07 AM
Andrew from Boulder, CO

As a government employee I deal with the draconian policies of those in my parent's generation every day. Good ideas don't gain traction, and ridiculous IT policies limit productivity and innovation. The disconnected leadership in Washington doesn't seem to be able to understand that young people and their ideas are the future of the government, and congressional actions have prevented our ability to secure the best and brightest talent.

Nov. 16 2011 09:05 AM
anna22 from new york

This is ridiculous. What this guy is saying if illiterate. He clearly functions on the level of cliches and generalizations and has NO, NO, NO knowledge of history and reality. He compares fiction with reality. One can't do that.
Can someone explain to him that "the greatest generation" was much less great than propaganda taught him? Ask for example African American WWII veterans how they were treated by "the great" when they returned. Ask women how they were treated by 'the great." Read about abuses, criminality of the "great," etc.
BTW, Celeste, such bubbling must be confronted.

Nov. 16 2011 09:04 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I've thought for a while how this could happen, how very good people could allow this to take place. (Even the district attorney decided not to prosecute in the Penn State case when they found out about it years ago.)

The only explanation I've come up with is that this society is committing and even promoting so many sexual sins - adultery, abortion, ... the list goes on, that when someone saw this, they said 'why should this person be singled out to suffer when others are let go with no penalty?'

And they just hoped that the person would stop their bad behavior.

Nov. 16 2011 08:14 AM

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