A modest proposal for Apple's Cook

I congratulate Tim Cook on continuing, and improving, the task laid before him by Steve Jobs. He has done very well, and now Apple Inc. is the world's most valuable company. What an accomplishment.

Cook has led Apple on a well-deserved victory over Samsung, and again, congratulations.

Now, when and if Apple receives the $1 billion awarded by the courts, I have a proposal that I would like Cook to consider:

Our San Francisco Bay Area has nine counties, and we are the 53rd largest urban area in the world. In these nine counties, we have some 114 cities, filled with school-age children -- children who desperately need to be educated well and who are possible future Apple users and employees.

Since this is Apple's area of operations, the birthplace of Apple, and especially because Apple really doesn't need this extra billion, why not invest it in the education of our Bay Area youth?

Cook could contact our nine counties, and divide the $1 billion proportionately among the cities, making sure these funds are to go directly to teachers, students and classrooms -- not administrators.

J. Francisco Zermeño

Hayward

Upset about protest on bomb anniversary

I was very upset in reading about people protesting the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Just how do these protesters think World War II was going to end? The troops in Europe were supposed to end one war and then go fight another war invading Japan? Would they like to do that? Ask any veteran.

No one ever mentions the lives that were saved because of the A-bomb. They never say if the Japanese had the bomb, they wouldn't drop it on our troops or Washington or San Francisco.

Protesters are people who never faced an enemy like Japan. Japan never hesitated in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

No matter how many years the protesters protest, the one thing we all agree upon is the atomic bomb ended World War II, thank God.

Andy Anderson

Castro Valley

Media should stop campaign hypocrisy

It seems the media want it both ways: On the one hand, they criticize the political candidates and their parties for mudslinging and waging verbal warfare against each other, and yet on the other hand, it's the very media themselves who often bait and goad those candidates into the very name-calling and bickering the media complains about.

Why do the media bait and goad the candidates? Because acrimony and controversy sells (ask Jerry Springer), and the media are in the business of selling (making money) as much as they're in the business of informing the public.

And to top it off, the media then cast themselves as the noble "voice of the people" by saying, "It's a shame there's so much acrimony during the election seasons. Why can't the candidates be civil to one another?"

Let's cut the hypocrisy, media: If you want to see genuine reform in the rhetoric of the candidates, then ask them questions that elicit substantive comment and not simply get them to snipe at their opponent.

I think the public will both buy and appreciate it, and our country will be the better for it.

Bento Leal III

San Leandro

Petaluma team played like champs they are

Three cheers for the Petaluma Little League team. The Aug. 25 game was one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever seen. These kids played like champions and were gracious in defeat -- just thrilled to have been to the Little League World Series.

Best of all, the team will donate the proceeds from an autograph session during their homecoming to their new friends, the team from Uganda. Wow.

What an outstanding group of boys. Just American kids playing America's game and making America proud. I salute them.

Mary Kay Zaineb

Fremont

Palestinians have right to demonstrate

This is in reference to the July 20 letter, "Celebrating diversity should apply to all" and the first sentence, "Count me among those who oppose a Palestinian Cultural Day."

The paradox lies in the fact that she just contradicted the title of her piece. The rest of the letter goes on to support her feelings. The United States was founded on the writings and the thinking of the Enlightenment. Our First Amendment makes this fact very clear. An unhealthy devotion to a foreign nation, in this case Israel, should not cause us to compromise our principles.

Both the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi party are able to demonstrate in the U.S. Why not the Palestinians? One of those Enlightenment thinkers, though a Frenchman, has this to say: "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Robert Sinuhe

Oakland