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Patty Kleban

Patty Kleban is an instructor at Penn State, mother of three and a community volunteer. She is a Penn State Alumna. Readers of State College Magazine voted her Best Writer of 2010 and 2012. She and her family live in Patton Township. Her views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State.

Articles by Patty Kleban

His Name Was Dominic
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His Name Was Dominic
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In terms that are rarely used today, he was identified by the system as "incorrigible." His family, concerned for his safety, their safety and his mental health, had him committed to a short-term treatment facility such as St. Francis, from which he was eventually transferred to the state facility [Read More]
World Class Lacrosse is Closer Than You May Know
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World Class Lacrosse is Closer Than You May Know
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
A Penn State coach, standing on the sidelines at a World Championship in anything is newsworthy. "The world championship was an amazing tournament from all accounts," Tambroni said in an email from Colorado. "First and foremost, it was an honor to represent Team USA." [Read More]
Centre County is Becoming 'Impossible'
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Centre County is Becoming 'Impossible'
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Reality TV seems to lean toward taking something – a house, a car, a business, a pet, a person – and doing a complete make-over. For fans like me, it gives us hope that even the most "impossible" situations can be turned around. [Read More]
Why Other People Are Stupid and Wrong (Could DNA Decide Your Beliefs?)
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Why Other People Are Stupid and Wrong (Could DNA Decide Your Beliefs?)
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I read a "discussion" on Facebook last week on the issue of same sex marriage that quickly disintegrated into name calling. To the person on the other side of the debate, your opinions may actually be stupid and wrong. More importantly, he or she may be genetically unable to see your viewpoint. [Read More]
If Their Lips Are Moving They Must be Lying If Their Lips Are Moving They Must be Lying
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Wouldn't it be interesting if we applied "truth in advertising" standards to politicians? If a politician lies about healthcare or taxes or the need for our country to engage in war, doesn't that also impact consumer health and money? [Read More]
The G-Man
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The G-Man
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
He said, "Lori, my daughter has been kidnapped. I need to talk to your Dad." Years later when we asked Ernie about that case, he said, "those guys were so dumb we almost knew where she was before they got there." [Read More]
Immigration in Happy Valley
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Immigration in Happy Valley
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Individuals from other countries and their impact on the economy -- through their willingness to work service jobs for lower wages -- are a big part of today's conversation about immigration reform. It's hard to believe after all of this time we haven't figured it out. [Read More]
What Would a Parent Do?
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What Would a Parent Do?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Stress can make people do crazy things. How far parents would go to protect or save our children might seem irrational too. The mistake was in letting the grieving parents have an international audience. [Read More]
Life a Series of Hellos and Goodbyes
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Life a Series of Hellos and Goodbyes
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We can only manage so many people in our lives. Are we somehow closed to new friends until we have some open spaces? Do we allow (or even push?) old friends out of the way to make room for people on the roster? [Read More]
The Power of the People
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The Power of the People
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In those not so good old days before school tax referenda in Pennsylvania, citizens had exactly zero power to control a run-away school board other than to wait for and vote every two years in school board elections. [Read More]
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