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Change needs to occur

June 30, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

The soccer league in the Copper Country is intended to be a recreational league for children.

Life is about competing and removing or eliminating the competition and stacking teams to the detriment of the league's objectives and is unfair.

As far as the provision regarding international students being prohibited from playing, I was not able to find anything in the bylaws that indicates such a provision.

All I can say is that international exchange students are generally superior in soccer and would bring a new dimension of competitiveness to the league. It would also allow American children to learn more about the game of soccer and other cultures.

It is also unfortunate that some children are now "prohibited" from playing because they exercised their free speech on Facebook regarding the incidents at hand.

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My children have not played soccer in several years because of some of the board members and likely will be barred from participating after this letter is published because of lack of "free speech." I hope others speak up too.

Good job, Brien Ricci, for pointing this out and hopefully some change can occur.

D. Johnson




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