Success and the growth of apps

This letter is regarding the recent article "Tech trends to watch in the coming year."

I have owned a smartphone for well over a year, and I've been amazed by the variety of mobile apps available and by their success.

With the increasing possession of smartphones, I believe the mobile app business will flourish in 2013. While mobile apps are relatively cheap, the large consumer population assures large profits as long as the app is addicting enough to catch the attention of the consumers.

Although, for every "Angry Birds" there are thousands of other apps that go unnoticed, and while Rovio has a pretty strong hold on the market, it won't be long before people get tired of tossing birds at precariously built towers containing pigs and, as happened to MySpace, Rovio is replaced.

Despite the difficulties of achieving success in the world of mobile apps, I strongly believe in the success and growth of apps in 2013.

Juan Hernandez

Richmond

Editorial omitted significant facts

Your editorial supporting Senate filibuster reform left out a few significant facts.

Republicans have used the filibuster in record numbers because Democrats write bills in private, try to cut a few backroom deals that eliminate committee debate, and then use a tactic called "filling the tree" to prevent amendments from being considered on the Senate floor.

Harry Reid's attempts to completely avoid Republican input to legislation have also been used in record numbers, something that would have been useful to include in any fair discussion of the issue.

I would add that it was the Democrats who began the practice of filibustering judicial nominations. That was missing from your recent editorial as well. Did you complain about it when the Democrats started it?

Jim Rath

Lafayette

NRA is vilified by the media

The NRA is like a union. They protect my rights as a gun owner similar to how the Service Employees International Union protects my rights in the workplace as a state employee.

The NRA is no more responsible for gun violence than the SEIU is responsible for the state of California's financial mess. Yet both organizations are vilified by the media.

When I acquired my first guns as a young person in the 1970s, gun control advocates were pressing for a ban on handguns, even simple revolvers. Then in 1982, there was a proposition on the ballot that would have banned the sale of new handguns in California.

A renewed assault weapon ban would merely be a first step in the direction of increasingly stronger prohibitions; this has been shown again and again in the past.

What does "pest control" mean? Getting rid of pests. So any wonder why gun owners balk at "reasonable" gun control?

Fred Bundock

Concord

Shooting was an eye-opener

The recent shooting of a 16-year-old girl near Capuchino High School left me wondering. If such an incident occurred on the Peninsula, it could certainly occur here.

My siblings and I attend public schools in Richmond, a city with a reputation for violence.

We should come together as a community to find ways to restrict the ability to obtain weapons for illegal use.

Keila Gutierrez

Richmond

Must be a better solution on bags

Being a 91-year-old woman, I have the common problem as others, which requires the use of a plastic bag for my dog.

What are we to do? Can we not get a card or something to be exempt for having to pay for bags? Talk about discrimination.

I still think that this new law is a bad idea in general. There should be a better solution to encourage people not to use plastic. I am afraid that we will see more garbage lying around Oakland.

Dolly Boele

Oakland