Penn State hazing victim made bad choices

Fraternity House Deadly Fall
Jim and Evelyn Piazza stand by as Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller (left) announces the results of an investigation into the death of their son Timothy Piazza, seen in photo at right.

Hazing victim made bad choices

The loss of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza is tragic, but the charging of 18 fraternity brothers is uncalled for. Changing the rules governing alcohol and Greek life will not stop college kids from drinking - they will always drink, whether it's at a frat house or apartment, on campus or off. Stricter rules will cause more sneaking around and more tragic incidents.

When I was a sorority member, I experienced all aspects of Greek life. Exposed to alcohol for the first time, young adults don't know how to drink responsibly. Adult male brains aren't fully developed until the age of 25, so how can 18- to 22-year-olds be held criminally liable for choices a 19-year-old made?

Piazza had the choice to opt out, but he didn't. He chose to drink to excess, to submit to peer pressure, and he didn't know how to put up healthy boundaries with his peers.

Preventing these misfortunes starts with education at home.

|Allison Lee, Cherry Hill

Take care of legal immigrants first

I've been a legal resident in this country for more than 22 years, a citizen for more than 14 years. I've sponsored my siblings (all employed at executive levels). Their applications were approved more than 11 years ago, but they are awaiting a visa number to allow them to live here legally ("Write about legal immigrants," Thursday).

Imagine my frustration as people rally to support those who live in this country illegally, while my siblings wait their turn at home. When my siblings' children go to college here, there's no in-state tuition for them.

There needs to be an honest immigration discussion. Immigration advocates should be backing those who try to get here through legal means. They can then turn to helping those who jumped the line. We need intelligent immigration reform.

|Gillian Norman, Warrington

CEO owes Congreso an apology

Demands for the resignation of Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio as president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos for attending a Trump rally confuses official responsibility with personal freedom ("Congreso's leader is needed," Thursday). She should support her husband, who is chairman of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania. But as head of Congreso, she represents more than just herself. It is a federation that receives and raises public funds. As such, Congreso is not to be identified with her personal choices.

I suspect the Trump people and her husband were using her role as head of Congreso for their partisan purposes when they gave her a front-row seat.

Members of the organization can rightly object that their voice was betrayed and made political against their will and without authorization. It was a legitimate demand that Cabrera DiGiorgio not use us to enhance her personal status and the political ambitions of her husband. She owes the Hispanic community an apology for violating the integrity of the organization she heads in order to foster her personal goals.

|Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, East Stroudsburg, Pa., stevensa@ptd.net