Letter to the editor | Penn State needs Harrisburg’s help

August 14, 2013 

Good leaders admit when they need help.

A series of poor decisions by Penn State’s leaders have deeply wounded the university. Firing Joe Paterno over the phone. The Freeh report. Accepting a $60 million fine without protest. The gas pipeline. Day-care changes. Paying off claimants who did not prove that they were victims of Sandusky. A $100 per month penalty for employees who decline invasive health screenings.

Meanwhile, Penn State’s administration and many of its trustees resist reforms proposed by state senators and by former Auditor General Jack Wagner that would improve decision-making and governance.

In the 1980s, President Reagan wryly noted that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Penn State’s leaders only need six words to terrify Penn Staters: “We don’t need the government’s help.”

Yes, you do. Penn State needs Harrisburg’s help and it’s past time for the university’s leaders to admit it.

Matt Prisby

Hilton Head, S.C.

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