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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

Immigration in Happy Valley
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Immigration in Happy Valley
32 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?
33 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
34 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
35 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]
VA Scandal Suggests Veterans' Medical Care Needs Total Overhaul
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VA Scandal Suggests Veterans' Medical Care Needs Total Overhaul
36 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Seriously. What is wrong with people? More importantly, what is wrong with a government system in which the quest for power and bonuses results in fellow citizens being treated so horribly? [Read More]
The Middle Child is Leaving the Nest
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The Middle Child is Leaving the Nest
37 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
My middle holds her friendships close to her heart, has an amazing work ethic and can burp the alphabet. Steps closer to that day when "we" means one less place at the dinner table and phone calls instead of hugs to share good news. [Read More]
A House of Cards, Money and Power
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A House of Cards, Money and Power
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Are recent decisions and responses to situations in college athletics sending warning signs that the NCAA is about to crash? Has this non-profit agency become so big and so financially focused that it no longer serves the needs of its members or its mission? [Read More]
When it Comes to Sandusky Scandal, Will It Never End?
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When it Comes to Sandusky Scandal, Will It Never End?
39 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
There are the JoePa fans who refuse to see the man, who throughout his life acknowledged his human failings, as anything other than saintly. There are the anti-Penn State people who seem to believe the whole campus and particularly the football coach were all in on the secret. [Read More]
The Joy of Jury Duty, Really!
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The Joy of Jury Duty, Really!
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
One guy said he was unavailable every day he was called. One woman seemed to be called for every case but wasn't selected for any. Another emphatically said he could not be impartial on at least two of the cases for which he was called. [Read More]
I Wish the World Didn't Need so Many Heroes
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I Wish the World Didn't Need so Many Heroes
41 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
In our work places. In our high schools. In our neighborhoods. What is happening in our culture that is causing the need for so many heroes? Why are people so disengaged? Are we becoming somehow more numb to the feelings of others? [Read More]
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