Get rid of auto lock system in limos

The author of the May 10 letter "Serious flaw in locks' design?" hit the nail right on the head.

I am a limo driver, and I've asked the same question for several years. The auto lock system is unnecessary.

I say dismantle the system. If the passengers want to lock the doors, just depress the manual door lock button adjacent to the window.

Arnold Corbett

Fremont

Mayor should be the next to leave

Now if only the mayor and her supporters on the City Council would follow the police chief and resign their offices here in Oakland. Bliss.

Robert Garcia

Oakland

Cellphone robberies not a big surprise

That cellphone robberies have been notorious all over the bay (all over the country?) is no news to me. Anecdotal evidence has been piling up for years.

I did not realize that the crime was more prevalent in Oakland, having spent 2010-12 living in San Francisco, but as an Oakland native and current resident, certainly this news is disheartening.

But beyond the numbers, I think that comparisons to the drug market are apt and, as with drugs, the cops will only be able to do so much to curb this type of crime while the demand exists.

What I want to know is who is going after the bigger criminals who are buying the stolen property from these kids/thieves? And what is being done to hold accountable those who end up buying and using a stolen phone? Surely it is possible to track this.

Until the demand issue is seriously addressed, I'll keep my pepper spray in my purse, thanks.

Natalya DeRobertis-Theye

Oakland

Vote no on Hercules' new tax ballot measure

Well, Hercules residents, here we go again.

Due to the stupidity, corruption and wild-eyed spending of our elected officials on the local, state and federal levels, the taxpayers are being asked to pay more of their hard-earned money to keep government afloat.

Within the last few months in Hercules and California, our sales tax, property tax and income tax have increased. When the state increased the sales tax five years ago, we were told it was temporary. However, when it expired, another sales tax proposition was placed on the ballot to take its place. Is anyone paying attention?

Review your utility bills for taxes and "fees." Add up the sales taxes you pay. Take a good look at your itemized property tax bill. Calculate your payments for income, Social Security and Medicare taxes.

So, when is enough, enough? It never is. Don't be fooled by the "it's only temporary" language of the Hercules tax ballot measure.

Government hopes the electorate has short memories and attention spans. Apparently, they are right.

Wendy Harrison

Hercules

Congress hypocritical when it comes to guns

Does anyone other than I see the hypocrisy that is prevalent in Congress?

While members of Congress are trying to come up with ways to keep the American public from owning guns, they are about to vote to send guns to the Syrian rebels.

I guess it's OK to provide weapons to kill those in other countries, but not OK to allow law-abiding citizens in our country to kill those who would do them harm.

What a country!

Bill Gurnett

Martinez

Do not like 'I'll get back to you'

Hearing the social cliche by telephone, "I'll get back to you," bothers me. Couldn't we just say, "I'll call you back," implying more spontaneity in returning the call.

I think the saying shows the alienation among us in our wealthy United States. At age 71, I never use the phrase myself with others, except for business.

Spouses will soon have to say, "Honey, if you want our relationship, I'll get back to you tomorrow at 11 p.m."

Maureen Hartman

Oakland