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Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis. reacts audience applause during campaign event Waukeshcounty expo center Sunday Aug. 12

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., reacts to audience applause during a campaign event at the Waukesha county expo center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Updated: January 21, 2014 11:12AM

Our government has three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Are our schools fostering a fourth branch of government — a military branch? The Ames Middle School community wants to keep its school serving the needs of their community. What’s wrong with that?

The CPS has decided that that school will become a citywide military academy. Should schools be created to serve the community? Why not a community academy designed to serve the needs of the local community with a charter school concept controlled by the community itself?

The strength of the city begins in the community. When the Board of Education decided to close 50 schools, it awarded a contract to board up the schools, not to a city-based company or even a state-based company but to a company from Ohio. The lowest bidder at $8.9 million? Perhaps? The ultimate tab was $30.9 million! Was there a local bidder? If not, why not hire people from the community or unemployed to help out with closing up the schoolsby packing up the books and supplies, loading chairs and desks on to moving trucks. It certainly would have been cheaper and help out some of the local community people.

Perhaps our government organizations need to begin thinking more of our local communities and seek our city and state businesses before seeking foreign business. Hire local!

Frank Moriarty, Chicago Ridge

Worry about berth, not birth

I don’t care where Obama was born. It’s where he is living now that really troubles me.

Lee J. Regner, Park Ridge

Rep. Ryan wins, America loses

Judas Iscariot is infamously remembered for the 30 pieces of silver given to him by the chief priests for turning over Jesus. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will be infamously remembered for turning over our economy and our future to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party for the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., currently heads the Ways and Means Committee but will be forced to relinquish the position because of term limits. I’m sure Mr. Ryan and Speaker John Boehner would have us believe that Ryan’s budget deal and his pursuit of Ways and Means chairmanship was just a big coincidence. It is actually a fait accompli.

As it was with the health-care law and with the latest budget deal and virtually every congressional deal, there is a lot of blustering and pseudo-infighting before they announce a deal that had already been decided prior to their political dramatics.

The facts are: Democrats got the spending and tax increases they wanted and a pass on the 2014 elections, Republicans got relief from a potential shutdown, and Ryan will get the chairmanship he is seeking. And what do the American people get? They get more spending, more taxes, more budget deficits, more lies, more debt, and business as usual in Washington.

Ray Cziczo, Johnsburg

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