Apple needs to drop smugness and help

Apple symbolizes the attitude of many of the multinational corporations in America: smug, greedy, narcissistic and full of themselves.

It would be far better if it put America first and helped it return to being No. 1 again.

Diane Latko

Oakland

Celebration worthy of a great country

A fine Memorial Day celebration took place May 28 at Fairview Elementary School in Hayward.

Under the leadership of fifth-grade teacher Tina Lagdamen, who acted as emcee, the whole school turned out to watch the fifth-grade students parade around the playground pulling, pushing or carrying their "floats," the final part of a state report that each student had accomplished.

Wagons and skateboards were pressed into service to carry displays of state capitals, state mottoes, state birds and flowers, famous landmarks, and well-known products, all designed with pride by the students, while Ray Charles dazzled with "America the Beautiful" and Bruce Springsteen belted out "Born in the U.S.A." in the background.

It was a Memorial Day celebration to be proud of.

Bruce Roberts

Hayward

Use of Tasers should be one police option

As a longtime Berkeley resident, it has come to my attention that Berkeley is one of the few police departments in the Bay Area whose officers cannot use Tasers to control violent criminals.

It has been shown that Tasers not only cut down on police officer injuries and the cost of workers' compensation claims, they may save lives.

In Berkeley, if one of our police officers cannot control a violent suspected criminal by reasoning with him, the officer has only two choices -- use physical force or a firearm. Firearms cause serious injury or death to the suspected criminal, the officer and possibly innocent bystanders.

I urge Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, our mayor and City Council members to seriously investigate the use of Tasers to control violent criminals in our city. If using Tasers saves one life, it is worth our consideration.

Caroline Hennig

Berkeley

Cover-ups prove we can't trust anymore

I am repelled and shudder at the realization I can no longer trust or believe the government. To trust the government, I would have to conclude that the decision-makers are incompetent and/or dishonest. The simplest questions will not be answered. The only response is: I don't know, I don't remember.

What happened to truth?

Americans need to demand a vision that is focused on results, competency, honor, honesty, change, morality and a heartfelt desire by the leaders to truly serve the people, not special-interest groups. The cover-up needs to stop.

In every crisis, the president uses the same, old empty phrases: There is a process taking place, you will be kept advised. If there is a problem, we will fix it. We need a balanced approach.

These phrases mean nothing. They are hollow and have no substance. The only thing happening in the government is abusive use of power resulting in broken trust with the American people.

It is in the living, in the doing, not in words that the character of a person is reflected and captured. But we don't have that.

Edna Pucci

Oakland

Love to buy clothes that were made here

I think that adopting an official label that discloses "Made in California" is a wonderful idea.

There used to be many manufacturers of clothing in California, many in San Francisco. They were made to last and they were sized correctly, not like the imports of today -- they (the imports) are sized for Amazons, with extra-long arms.

I still have some clothes from the 1970s and 1980s -- the material was so much superior then those of today.

I would love to be able to buy clothes "Made in California."

Betty Ortega

Castro Valley

Using the turn signals is the law

Over Memorial Day weekend, I saw many electronic messages on the freeways advising us to "Click it or Ticket."

While it is a catchy phrase, it is truly a waste of space. Being realistic, if someone doesn't use a seat belt by now, they have a death wish. Their being thrown from a moving vehicle, though tragic, does not impact my driving.

A better public service would be to remind the countless, self-centered drivers on all our roads to use their turn signals -- as is the law -- when changing lanes or turning. This allows the rest of us to know what you are doing and, hopefully, avoid a collision.

Margaret Lopez Faria

Crockett