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Wednesday Letters: House again threatens government shutdown

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department's fiscal 2017 budget request. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

I just want to know if anyone else noticed amid all the coverage of the elections that Tea Party conservatives once again are blocking the House budget plan. It seems that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has run into the House Freedom Caucus, which is blocking the speaker’s budget.

Once again, the Republican-led House is threatening a government shutdown. Please explain to me why we elected the Republicans to take over the House.

Don Sakosky, Dunning

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Worrisome implications

The escalating attack from the Department of Justice on Apple has implications far beyond a big tech company and the federal government. As the CEO of a small startup, I fear for the future of my company and every company that writes code as part of their business.

I head up Nomful – an app that pairs users with a personal nutrition coach that has experience as a registered dietitian. We also do freelance work for other companies. Our customers trust us with some of their most private information, and our success is defined by the relationships we’ve built. We do everything we can to keep that personal data secure.

If the DOJ is successful in forcing Apple to weaken the security of its software, it will set a precedent that would allow the government to compel every app maker to re-engineer their code on a whim.

We all wish to do our part for society, but companies like mine lack the legal and engineering resources to create less secure government versions of our software with every update. Bluntly put, Nomful – and many other companies around the country – may cease to exist if the government continues its attack on data security.

Thomas Gorczynski, CEO, Nomful

Inspiring column

Mary Mitchell’s column regarding a compassionate and benevolent PAWS Chicago administrator using all of her expertise to help the dogs and cats and the people who cherish them in Englewood was inspiring. PAWS Chicago is nationally renowned for its professionalism, generosity and community outreach. Many people of all races and income levels love animals. PAWS Chicago recognizes this and endeavors to help and assist pet owners to take care of their beloved canines and felines. Chicago is very fortunate to have such and exemplary animal care organization such as PAWS Chicago.

Brien Comerford, Glenview

Corrected slogan

Donald Trump’s true slogan should be: “We’re going to make America hate again.”

Mike Burke, Countryside