On the superintendent search, two on Penn State, and two related to the weather.
Hire a superintendent, or not
The Crookston School Board on Tuesday will interview four candidates for school district superintendent. All four seem to be quality people, and it’s likely that one will be preferred more than the rest by the board, and talks will begin on a contract with that person. That’s all well and good, as long as everyone realizes that a superintendent does not have to be hired this week. It’s pretty late in the game to be hustling to get a superintendent hired and here, and the board deliberately and specifically hired Interim Superintendent Ralph Christofferson mostly because he said he’d stick around as long as he was needed. Christofferson is a familiar, easy-going presence, so there’s no rush here. If it doesn’t work out for whatever reason with the four interviewees on Tuesday, keep Christofferson on and commence with a comprehensive search next spring.
Don’t forget who actually molested the children at Penn State
The statue of former Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno was taken down on Sunday from where it stood outside of Beaver Stadium. The decision to take down the statue was made after it was found that Paterno, along with three other Penn State administrators, had concealed allegations of child abuse made against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Shortly after the Penn State scandal began, Paterno, who was said to be one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, died, and the media has done nothing but criticize the deceased man who can't even defend himself. Paterno's family made an excellent point when they stated that taking down the statue or ending the Penn State football program will not bring closure to Sandusky's victims or the Penn State community. Joe Paterno should not have to take the blame for what happened to Jerry Sandusky's victims, he should be remembered for how he changed the lives of many Penn State football players with his admirable coaching abilities.
– Katie Davidson, Times intern
Don’t let this happen again
Bang, bang! That's the sound of the NCAA's hammer coming down on the Penn State football program today. Nobody knew what to expect when it was announced this weekend that the NCAA would hand down its penalty on Penn State for the Sandusky scandal. Sports writers have called it a working death penalty. The penalties: a $60 million fine, vacation of wins from 1998-2011 (111), a four-year postseason ban, players may transfer and play immediately at other schools, and the athletic department on probation for five years. If Penn State football ever gets to another bowl game it will be a miracle. The penalties are unprecedented and will set the Nittany Lions back decades. Hopefully all the athletes can find a new program and be successful. Most importantly, hopefully everyone can learn from what happened at Penn State and this never happens again.
Don’t let heat slow you down
A combination of scorching summer heat and the occasional unbearably humid day would leave anyone seeking refuge among places that offer refreshingly cool air conditioning. It may seem more appealing to stay inside, chill on the couch, and if the AC is cold enough, cuddle up with a blanket; however, complacency does one’s health no good. One should be aiming to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to get the heart pumping and keep healthy. Staying active also helps release endorphins, the “feel good” drug, which aides in remaining energized throughout the day and keeps sluggishness at bay. Ideal times to go outside would be the early morning or late evening, when temperatures are cooler. For younger kids, a water fight would be a fun way to fend off boredom while also soaking up some summer sun. – Yvette Reyes, Times intern
Time for a rain dance
A jaunt through the neighborhoods of Crookston quickly shows just how dry things are out there. Except for a sprinkling of parcels owned by diligent lawn waterers, the color of lawns these days is predominantly tan, an ugly one at that. The only bright side is that you needn't mow the grass, unless you have stubborn weeds growing up to your waist. This drought is really going to affect the agricultural prospects around here if it doesn't end soon, but things are not looking good for this year. About the only thing we can do is designate a day for everyone to go out and wash their vehicles – would Wednesday work? That, or seek out some effective rain dancers.