Three Good News Items and Penn State

Still treading water at the day job, folks, but a quick pop in to tell you all that’s right with the world.

1. The Mississippi Personhood amendment was defeated. While I was getting my oil changed yesterday morning, Fox News went so far as to say the amendment was too extreme, in that it didn’t allow for cases of rape or incest. Hey, Fox News, nice thing to say. I didn’t know my dealership was in another dimension. Kudos to you.

2. Ohio voters soundly rejected restrictions on bargaining rights for policemen, firemen, and other government workers. Because they like unions in Ohio. Also on Fox News, the governor of Ohio said he needed to take a step back.

3. The Iowa Legislature maintained its one seat Democratic majority. Due to a smart political manipulation by our Republican governor, we had to have a special replacement election, and we re-elected…a Democrat. The campaign spent a lot of money and had a highly visible local personality run. The losing Republican was peevish, although I imagine if she’d been on Fox News yesterday morning, she would have been rational.


It is with this good news, then, that I come to the issue of Penn State. I have thoughts and things to say about it, but the thing is, you know what I’m going to say. Report abuse. Report abuse you might expect, let alone see. Some kid is counting on you.

If you’re wrong, you can always apologize. If you’re right, you’ve saved someone.

John Scalzi has written such a good piece on this that what I’d really rather do is link you to him. And thanks to John for writing the piece. I appreciate, always, the advocacy that people show for children of sexual abuse. You would think that there wouldn’t be any puzzlement about how this advocacy should work, but I refer you to rioting Penn Staters to show you how gray this area can be.

Keep thinking good thoughts.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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