Who is responsible for youth's death?

While I grieve for the family and friends of the 14-year-old boy, I am appalled at the vitriol thrown at the police. The most angry persons seem to be the same people who complain about the lack of law enforcement help when they need it.

I fail to see that any human being (even in law enforcement) cannot be afraid for their life when confronted by a weapon that looks, from a distance, as if it were a real weapon. Why was the orange tip removed? Where did the child get the air rifle? Why didn't he just drop the gun when ordered to do so?

The real question is why air rifles are made to look like AK-47s anyway? Three people have been murdered around the country just in one week recently by juveniles under age 16.

I hope I feel the anger and grief of the parents, but at the same time, I wonder what any of them would do in the same circumstances if they were confronted by a young person with a weapon who ignored a police officer's order to drop the weapon. The Second Amendment does not cover replicas. Who is really responsible for this tragedy?

Darryl Cole

Hayward

An Alzheimer's cure must trump politics

November is National Alzheimer's disease Awareness month, as well as National Caregiver's month. For me, my caregiving role ended when my wife of 36 years, Carol, passed from the disease.


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There are nearly 15 million Alzheimer's caregivers in the U.S. That number will rise significantly as the baby boom generation moves from caregiving to care needing.

Congress is finalizing its budget for 2014. The effort to put an end to this disease requires a significant investment of funds for research. The Senate has prioritized the National Alzheimer's Plan by including an additional $100 million for research, education and support and it's vitally important that Congress include these resources in their fiscal 2014 budget.

Please urge Rep. Barbara Lee and President Barack Obama to put aside partisan politics and focus on finding common ground that will enable us to marshal the necessary resources, expertise and innovation needed to change the course of this disease for the millions who are living with Alzheimer's today, and the many millions more who will otherwise face it in the future.

Howard Kirsch

Oakland

The explanations just keep coming

I don't understand why President Barack Obama is coming under such intense criticism for his false promises on Obamacare. All he did was make a few minor misstatements. What he meant to say was, "If we like your health insurance plan, you get to keep it," and "insurance premiums for our target group will go down by an average of $2,500 per year." As everyone knows, no president writes his own speeches, and Obama was only reading from his Teleprompter.

I also don't understand why many don't believe the president's claims that he first learned through press reports of the "fast and furious" gun running operation, that Benghazi was a terrorist attack, the IRS's targeting of conservative groups, the NSA's spying on our press and other governments' leaders, or the serious problems with the Obamacare rollout.

The federal government, after all, is a large operation and the president has to delegate a lot to his subordinates, especially since his role as commander-in-chief occupies so much of his time. I have it on good authority that the president drew up the operations plans for the capture of Osama bin Laden, and personally selected the SEAL team members and weapons, and directed the rehearsals. Of course, if the operation had failed, Adm. William McRaven would have rightfully been court-martialed for not executing the plans properly.

Many readers will disagree with my letter, but that's because they are racist since they can tell from my last name that I am of Chinese heritage.

Bill Lau

Lafayette