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On the level

Helene Elliott makes a good case for not legalizing steroids [Oct. 15], but she disturbs me about existing unlevel playing fields. I have never played on an unlevel field, nor can I see that it would favor one team, what with changing sides and all, but I’ll take her word that it is bad.

She really troubles me, though, about the unfairness of genetics, economics and culture. Maybe athletes with unfair genes could carry handicapping weights like horses or, if they are 7-foot basketball players, be prohibited from jumping. Might help. Economically, we need to restrict those rich Ivy Leaguers to parity with inner-city athletes; one Yale gridder actually got into the NFL! And for culture, just think of the advantages that Latinos have in soccer.

Growing up in Ohio, I didn’t even know there was such a sport, let alone jai alai.

Ms. Elliott was right. Life just isn’t fair, with or without steroids.

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David Eggenschwiler

Los Angeles


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