Should not use photos of killers

All forms of publications should not be advancing the notoriety of killers, single action or multiple, by constantly putting their picture and details into articles after the main reporting of the story.

Most of the multiple murders are for future fame, and this is giving the killers the results they wanted after their terrible decision.

I do not want or need to continually see their pictures, etc., for days and weeks after the deed is over. They should not be immortalized.

Peggy Mangano

Fremont

Paper should stop using Pitts column

I do not understand why the paper continues to publish columns written by Leonard Pitts.

He sees the entire world in black and white (literally), with his latest example being the recent column about the black child on the airplane who was slapped on the face by a white man sitting nearby.

Instead of describing this as an outrageous criminal act by a total jerk, Pitts treated it as an allegory on our society. He said that the adoptive parents (who are white) should tell the child that this was the first of many slaps on the face that he will receive from white people during his lifetime.

If he were honest, Pitts should have written that the child should be told that the first slap on the face that he received was from his (black) parents who gave him up for adoption. And that he is one of 65 percent of the black children in this country who are born out of wedlock, and that's not even counting the high numbers who have been aborted.

This is the type of real problems that should be addressed by courageous writers. The paper should quit spreading Pitts' purely race-baiting invectives.

Bill Lau

Lafayette

Obama's choice has shamed the nation

So, at last, President Barack Obama's true loyalty has been declared.

He has taken an unequivocal stance on the gay issue and chosen not to support God's creation of man, that it is both wise and good to create him as male and female, and join them together as one flesh.

It is a great shame to a nation, which puts its trust in God. It is also a serious rebuff to the one who has blessed and made the United States such a great nation.

Pastor Joseph Wong

San Leandro

Obama must oppose Keystone pipeline

Recently, thousands of people around the country protested, urging President Barack Obama to not have the XL Keystone Pipeline be built in this country.

The pipeline will cause havoc to indigenous people who live in the areas in which the pipeline will be built. Indigenous people, for example, the Lakota, will suffer sickness if that dirty oil gets into the water in which they either drink or bathe. Also, the pipeline will disturb the burial sites of both the Sac and Fox Nation in Oklahoma.

Obama shouldn't listen to the fossil fuel companies who claim that building the pipeline will not only lower the energy costs, but will create jobs.

The only people who will benefit from the building of the XL Keystone Pipeline are the fossil fuel companies. For the well being of indigenous people in this country, there should not be any building of the pipeline.

Billy Trice Jr.

Oakland

Best candidate for next pope

As the Cardinals arrive at the Vatican, speculation is in high gear as to who will assume the highest position in the Catholic Church.

For all the issues plaguing the church, it is unfortunate that the person most suited to cure its ills, revitalize its mission and ensure its continuity can't even be considered.

It is someone the church has overlooked since its inception. I can't even tell you the person's name. I just know it is ... a woman.

Beverly McAdams

San Ramon