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Updated: June 16, 2013 6:48AM



Whether Cubs owner Tom Ricketts likes it or not, he is saddled with a legal contract with the rooftop owners. I know what I’m about to propose will make the Wrigley Field faithful cringe, but do we really need that antique scoreboard in center field?

Why not put it in the Smithsonian, where it belongs, and put the proposed Jumbotron in its place in center field? Mr. Ricketts gets more advertising revenue, and the rooftop owners get their views.

Sam Wright

Chicago

Kudos to ‘Team Tinley’

I read with interest The SouthtownStar article announcing Tinley Park’s balanced budget for 2013.

This is an example of the leadership that we have governing Tinley Park. At a time when most governmental entities are “underwater,” our village is operating in the black and is fiscally sound.

It’s due to the village trustees and our mayor. I personally thank everyone who voted April 9 to elect “Team Tinley.”

Kellie Peterson

Tinley Park

Girls soccer shorted at CMHS

I’m writing on behalf of the girls soccer program at Crete-Monee High School. I am a CMHS alumni and current girls junior varsity soccer coach at the school. This year, our girls teams have been inconvenienced on several occasions due to a lack of adequate playing fields.

Throughout my four years as a varsity soccer player, our home games were played on the stadium field, with the JV team playing on the field prior to the varsity. When I became a coach, four years after graduating, the varsity team was allowed to play on the stadium field, with the JV team playing on the adjacent practice field.

Within the past five years, both girls teams have been forced to play games at Heritage Park, which the school has to lease, with the varsity team allotted two or three games on the stadium field due to concerns about the field’s condition.

This season’s wet weather has presented more challenges, with only one field available at Heritage Park and several games changed from home to away games because the park field was not playable. The girls soccer teams did not play a home game until the third week in April, five weeks after their season began. And when we did play our first game recently on the football field, we were alarmed to see what poor shape it was in.

The school district has failed in providing adequate game facilities for the soccer program and should be ashamed of that. Whether school officials and the school board realize this, the message to these female athletes is that football takes precedence over soccer.

The girls soccer teams deserve adequate game facilities, something that has been overlooked for too long. I strongly urge the board to rectify this issue.

Kathleen Siefert

Crete-Monee High School JV soccer coach

Teacher,

Crete-Monee Sixth Grade Center



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