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Jay Paterno

State College native and Penn State graduate Jay Paterno is a father, husband and political volunteer. He’s a frequent guest lecturer on campus and at Penn State events and was the longtime quarterbacks coach for the Nittany Lions. His column appears every other Thursday. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JayPaterno

Articles by Jay Paterno

Back To School...
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Back To School...
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
As another school year nears for my kids marking the unofficial end to summer once again, I get the same pangs of dread I got even when I was a kid. It really defies explanation. [Read More]
Don’t Discount The Trump Effect
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Don’t Discount The Trump Effect
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Some Republicans bemoan his statements on any number of issues as potentially hurting the party image. But they should stop and consider the unintended consequences of the Trump Effect. In some ways he is a huge boost for Fox and the G.O.P. [Read More]
Presidential Politics and 6 Degrees of Separation
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Presidential Politics and 6 Degrees of Separation
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Before the debate season starts and some candidates get culled from the herd I thought it a good time to look for some local/Penn State connections to the field—some obvious and some maybe not. [Read More]
Downtown Dreams, Could It Be Arts Fest Every Day?
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Downtown Dreams, Could It Be Arts Fest Every Day?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The key to having a successful downtown will be continuing to give people something that they can't get elsewhere. It could be a pedestrian-friendly place to stroll, have a cup of coffee outside or even dine outside as places like the Corner Room, Pickles or Cozy Thai have more room to work with. [Read More]
One Flag Comes Down While One Goes Up
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One Flag Comes Down While One Goes Up
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Taking down Confederate flags and statues will not end racism. Raising the rainbow flag will not create complete acceptance of same-sex marriage. In reality both flags remain symbols revered by some but reviled by others. [Read More]
A Touch of Gray
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A Touch of Gray
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
In politics we stake out black or white positions on the issues. One hair color ad features a man with a gray mustache getting turned down by a younger woman as an announcer says "No play for Mr. Gray". Gray gets a bad rap but it is really the color of progress. [Read More]
The Real 'Satellite Camp' Debate
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The Real 'Satellite Camp' Debate
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Summer high school football camps rose from humble origins. Penn State is credited with starting the first camp in the 1960s at rural Pioneer Ranch in Tidioute, Pa. Luxury accommodations included the use of outhouses. [Read More]
Reflections of Loss Helps Us Gain Perspective
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Reflections of Loss Helps Us Gain Perspective
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
I have images of all of my children getting on the school bus, or getting home and running to hug me. The smiles are what I will hold dear. My hope is that they retain the small things I do for them, that I smile often enough and laugh enough. [Read More]
Taking Happy Valley's Story on The Road
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Taking Happy Valley's Story on The Road
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
The awareness that should be raised about child sex abuse is that these crimes occur in the shadows of ignorance. Offenders neither seek nor do they want enablers. Labeling an entire community as enabling advances the ignorance of the root causes of these crimes. [Read More]
Losing a Child, Hope and Faith in the Face of Tragedy
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Losing a Child, Hope and Faith in the Face of Tragedy
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
After my father died Ivan was one of the few people I trusted to see what I was truly dealing with. When I first learned that Ivan's son Max was missing, I thought about how difficult it had to be for his family. [Read More]
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