...although you would not know it from the front page of today's Scranton Times, which was a full page color picture of the late Joe Paterno.
Forget the fact that we are inching towards a possible conflict in the Straights of Hormuz, as the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln crossed Iran's "do not cross" line. (see HERE).
Forget the newly tightened race for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Forget the E.U. voting on sanctions on Iran.
Forget just about anything else that happened in the world. No, in Scranton, the single most important thing happening...so much so that it blew out all other news reports and was, by appearances, an equal event to the 9.11 attacks...was that a football coach died.
Now I am full of Penn State pride. Unlike most Penn State fans in NEPA, I actually attended the university and proudly have my Penn State Bachelor's degree proudly hanging in my humble abode. I am a life member of the Penn State Alumni Society, I have a Penn State license plate, and I proudly served on the Penn State Harrisburg Alumni Society Board of Directors. I also want to add that from my youngest years I have been a Penn State fan. Oh, and I have contributed financially to the University for many years (but not in 2011...that was another post). In short, I am a Penn Stater, and I should care as much...if not more...than most.
I also grieve for the Paterno family. Coal Region Voice has a great posting on Paterno HERE. But I realize that the sad passing of a beloved coach is just that: a sad passing. It is not the most important thing happening in...
...the United State
...or the world as a whole
Unfortunately you could not discern that fact from today's Scranton Times.
Today the Scranton Times did us all disservice by once again effectively talking down to the residents of the area. The front page of today's paper basically treats all of us as if we are star-struck pre-teens. The cover page was the equivalent of the National Enquirer, giving us pop culture (of which sports is a part) instead of real news.
What's that they say about "bread and circuses"?
We deserve better from our local newspaper.