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As a former public school student I was infuriated upon reading this article ["Soccer for Some" by Ben Joravsky, July 20]. It is sad that a private school that can only be described as overpriced and overhyped can get away with something like this. I went to Lincoln Park High School, just a few minutes away from Latin, and our soccer team had to struggle every day on the Oz Park public field, sharing their space with the football team and with people playing baseball on the field. The Park District criticized the school for "destroying" the field and yet they never offered us any alternative. Despite being ranked the number one high school in Illinois by Newsweek magazine, the school continues to be underfunded in both athletics and academics. This just goes to show that money trumps everything.

However, kudos to Latin for their gracious offer to lend the field for public use when its team is not using it (which is most of the time). It seems that this arrangement benefits nobody besides Latin and the Park District officials. Everyone involved in this should be ashamed.

Alis Manaila

Lincoln Square

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