It is a shame that exciting games like Penn State vs. Michigan are once again ruined by the overconsumption of alcohol.
I am a Penn State alumni, so I know the excitment of big games. However, I was extremely disappointed with those who drank too much and were allowed to enter the stadium last week.
Once in our 35-yard line seats, only 12 rows up, we settled in for an exciting game to finally end our losing streak against Michigan. However the confusion of inconsiderate fans made it almost unbareable.
But perhaps what really ruined the entire trip was the young male who practically threw up on my shoe because he drank too much, and then we had to look/smell it during the remainder of the second quarter and second half of the game.
If my husband was not a state trooper and escorted him out, I fear the poor fans in front would have suffered from that man's very disappointing choices.
People need to think. Yes drinking and tailgating can be fun, but why do it so much to ruin a good time for others? We paid decent money for those seats and wanted to just pack up, drive home and finish listening to the game on the radio.
Penn State and university police need to do more about this. If state troopers stood by the entry way and denied access to those visibly intoxicated, I strongly believe it would deter those from doing so.
Especially since public intoxication is illegal and carries a pretty nice fine. So if you read this, and you act this way, think about it: Don't ruin a nice day for others when you could act this way any other day of the week.
Goodman in stride
I am the varsity cross country coach at Bishop Guilfoyle High School and have been since 1999. You may remember in 2001 our girls were eighth in the state led by Sonja Hinish.
I read Kellie Goodman's article about cross county in Tuesday's paper and must say she was spot on. Kellie captured the essence of cross country and her insight into our frustration at how little attention our wonderful athletes receive is so true.
We do relish this sport and only those that participate or have kids that participate or coach would have the understanding she exhibited.
I'm sure every athlete, coach and parent appreciated Kellie's thoughts.
Outdoor views welcome
While reading John Orr's letter criticizing Shirley Grenoble and Walt Young for using their columns as a platform for a ''tip of the cap'' for Sarah Palin, I was incredulous.
When Hollywood stars use award ceremonies reaching millions of viewers and rock musicians such as Bruce Springsteen give concerts to support Obama, nothing is said.
I think our sports writers should use their form of media to tip us off to politicians who have similar interests, not just those who ''promise'' to protect our sports, and could potentially legislate to favorably advance our outdoor opportunities.
Laws governing hunting and literally everything else vary from state to state and this is as it should be. That is one of the beauties of these United States.
No state that I am aware of allows a person to hunt from a motorized vehicle while it is under power. To my knowledge, game control operations organized by the game agencies are the only instances in which animal populations are controlled by air.
I think the experience of governing Alaska, this state being so different from the ''Lower 48,'' would impress upon Sarah Palin the importance of continuing to allow various state and local governments, not the federal government, to write their own legislation. This is not an idea shared by liberal Democrats who think they know what is best for all of us, despite the drastic differences in the places we live.
I do agree that we should look at a candidate's' ''fuller background,'' and when this is applied to Senator Barack Obama the discoveries are scary; they reveal a candidate with an ideaology very different from what most Americans believe.
I, too, will look forward to future columns from both Grenoble and Young, because I believe that with their vocation they have access to government agencies, and can advise us on pending legislation that we should be aware of.