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"Over one-third of the prisoners currently at Tamms have been there since the first year it was open. [That's] over nine years, and for many ten full years in supermax confinement." — Alan Mills, April 24

Just Who's Subsidizing Whom in the CPD and Latin School Deal?

Re "Worse Than We Thought" by Ben Joravsky, The Works, April 24

Ben Joravsky's article on the construction of the soccer field in Lincoln Park by the Latin School is based on totally inept financial analysis. Joravsky conveniently fails to use any discount rate in his calculations thereby grossly overstating the value that the Latin School might receive for its access to the field. Even a first-year finance student knows that when valuing any financial deal, a discount rate must be used. This is forgetting about the fact that anyone who is able to pay for 900 hours up-front would get a huge discount even before any discounting for prepayment for years ahead. The absurdity of Joravsky's arguments are further highlighted by the fact that the Latin School is effectively paying the Park District the equivalent of $2 million cash up-front. I also don't think the issue that needs to be considered is whether other high schools will have significant access to the field, but rather to ensure that they also have comparable facilities if possible. What is extremely important is that any proper financial analysis will find that the Latin School is in reality subsidizing our Park District rather than the other way around. While the Latin School is a private school, we should welcome this contribution back to our community.

Michael J. Szanto

N. Clark

This is a case of privatizing of the pubic commons. Our parks are not for sale at any price. Restore the field so all Chicago can use it. Stop backroom deals. Support the work of this group by going to savelincolnpark.org and signing our online petition and making a donation to the legal fund. On Friday the city brought 13 lawyers to defend this mess!

Lincoln Park Freedom Fighter

A Few Reasons Not to Dismiss the Chi-Town Daily News

Re "Old Journalists, New Plan" by Michael Miner, Hot Type, April 24

Mike Miner's article offers a misleading assessment of the Chi-Town Daily News.

While we started out on a wing and a prayer, we currently have a full-time staff of three, a stable of talented freelance reporters who regularly scoop the Trib and Sun-Times, and three dozen hardworking volunteer neighborhood correspondents.

We were just named one of the city's best Web sites by Chicago magazine, and were finalists for a prestigious national investigative reporting award.

We have $340,000 in grant money and a dedicated readership of thousands of Chicagoans.

I think the Beacon is a great project and wish them tons of success. But it's puzzling to me that Miner is so enamored of a news organization in St. Louis that has yet to publish a single article, and so dismissive of similar outfits that have been operating successfully for years right under his nose in Chicago.

Get off the phone and take a walk around your city, Mike. You might find some interesting stuff to write about.

Geoff Dougherty

Chi-Town Daily News

More Tax Dollars for Torture

Re "Hell in a Cell" by Jeffrey Felshman, April 24

Torture is not rehabilitation. 24/7 solitary confinement is psychological torture. People should know our tax dollars are going to support this prison. I can only imagine the vicarious trauma the wardens experience as well.

KZ

Music Appreciation 101

Re "Format Wars" by Miles Raymer, Sharp Darts, April 24

The main issue that disturbs me here is Miles saying his system is so crappy he can't tell the difference between an MP3 and a CD, then somebody else says most people don't care about sound quality.... This is very sad folks. Confucious say "garbage in, garbage out."

I mean, what do you listen to music for? Pleasure? Shouldn't it sound good? Isn't it worth investing, I dunno, a few hundred dollars to hear music played back with something close to the fidelity it was intended to have? I'm not an audiophile or gear snob, but I know that a few hundred bucks' difference in playback equipment can create a world of difference. Uh, it makes recorded music sound better.

Great ... a generation of people who prefer to INFER quality instead of experiencing it in living color. No wonder things are the way they are: if nobody "cares about sound quality" that's what we've got—NO DEMAND FOR QUALITY.

Weasel Walter

It's interesting to hear the point of view of someone who doesn't have to actually pay for their music source, but... as an average working guy (my retail job pays about 13K a year), I can't afford an Internet connection fast enough to make downloading music viable, much less a hard drive or iPod to store it on. My main source of music consists of records and CDs from thrift stores. Until record companies put out free MP3 players to promote their product, there will be many of us unable to participate in this digital revolution.

RJ

Correction

In our April 24 coverage of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival, the names of filmmakers Kamal Aljafari (The Roof) and Jackie Reem Salloum (Slingshot Hip Hop) were misspelled. We apologize for the error.

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