Franco Harris defended his friend and mentor Joe Paterno. While I don't agree that Paterno was blameless in this, I understand why Franco would stand up for a friend under siege. It doesn't mean that he endorses child abuse, as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl would have us believe. Ravenstahl, who has had his own ethical problems in the past, was quick to point fingers and asked Harris to step down as chair of the Pittsburgh Promise.
For this cartoon I decided to show the Pittsburgh airport statues of Franco Harris and George Washington. Maybe the mayor should wait until he gets his own airport statue before he criticizes someone with Franco's record of integrity and ethics.
The police have tried to to break the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street protesters by forcing them out of their encampments in Zuccotti Park. In New York and other Occupy cities, the police have blocked, arrested, pepper-sprayed, shot rubber bullets at and beaten the protesters. Whether you agree with the protesters message (or lack of one) ... it is still important to protect their first amendment rights. I guess it doesn't matter to the police that they are also a part of the 99%.