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Wednesday Letters: Teachers pay for classroom supplies

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool talked with the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board about the the new CPS budget on Aug. 10, 2015. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

I confess I didn’t read the entire article about how much money CEO Forrest Claypool’s staff is getting from the Board of Education. I did get the total: $900,000. And that probably doesn’t include perks like expense accounts. From experience, I do know that teachers will not have enough money for teaching materials and will spend their own money on toilet paper, soap and paper towels. We need an elected school board!

Sheila Dukelsky, West Ridge

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Only in Illinois

Only in America, or should I say Illinois, can the average person win a million dollar lottery and be handed an IOU?

Mike Koskiewicz, Portage Park

Don’t blame ‘society’ for shootings

Why do we have this sudden rise in the homicide rate? The prevalence of weapons is often cited as the leading cause, but that is not a cause — that is a method. The cause is political correctness. Our society is going to hell in a hand basket when morals and ethics are replaced by political correctness. It is immoral to shoot or injure another person. The principles we have lived by have been replaced by roving gangs who loot and shoot at every opportunity and blame this action on society. Political leaders, many times self- proclaimed leaders, attempt to defuse these situations with an influx of money and programs.

John Culloton, Norwood Park

GOP outsider candidates tap anger

Looking at the Republican primary race, I and others are concluding that Republican voters are rejecting their own party. The outsider candidates have tapped an emotional well of dissatisfaction, even rage. What is in serious doubt is whether any of the outsiders could govern effectively in our changing country and perilous world.

Mary F. Warren, Wheaton