Weather Updates

Sanction Penn State

Rony Monzhis hospital bed recovering after he was shot Wednesday night.  |  Kim Janssen~Sun-Times

Rony Monzon in his hospital bed, recovering after he was shot Wednesday night. | Kim Janssen~Sun-Times

storyidforme: 33545998
tmspicid: 12238857
fileheaderid: 5582456

Updated: August 17, 2012 6:49AM

There seem to be a lot of people who believe that sanctions against Penn State, in the wake of the Jerry Sandunsky scandal, would be unfair to the athletes.

That shouldn’t factor in one bit. Whenever somebody is rightly punished, there’s a chain reaction of pain to many innocent people. In the case of Penn State, it was people in top positions who protected one of their own and not the children.

In the long run, the school will survive, even if people think of it as State Penn for awhile. The athletes will be affected, no doubt about it, but sanctions against the school are warranted.

Carl F. Rollberg,

Calumet Park

A real hero

Well, we do have our heroes — one being Rony Monzon, 13. Here is a young man who took six bullets defending his young friend.

There’s a real hero, if you are looking for one.

Wayne E. Parthun, Berwyn

How do we stop violence?

Until people stop killing each other over matters as trivial as broken cigarettes or tossed beer cans, there is little the police and community can do to reduce our atrocious homicide rate.

We cannot handcuff the insanity that drives cold-blooded, thoughtless criminals to shoot into groups of innocent people.

Nor can we turn back the hands of time and raise these outlaws with morals and values, forcing their fathers back into their lives.

However, we cannot stand idly by while our children are gunned down in the streets.

What can we do to restore common sense and decency?

Little more than pray for a miracle.

Olivia Petrus, Homewood

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.