Should LeBron James apologize for his offensive language at the Cleveland parade? Definitely, and not only to the millions of children who heard him but also to the whole world. What a shame that R.J. Nemer, the global head of golf clients for International Management Group, doesn’t believe so (“No need for LeBron to apologize,” June 24).

What a shame that Nemer makes excuses for the pressure that was on LeBron to atone for his foul mouth. When is it ever appropriate to use offensive language? And to top it off, on the front page of the Beacon Journal, columnist Bob Dyer writes, “Swearing is one of my favorite hobbies.” Really? He also said, “I don’t trust people who never swear” (“A hero’s welcome,” June 24).

There are millions out there who don’t have a need to swear to get their point across and are 100 percent trustworthy. What a shame that LeBron had to put a blemish on such a momentous occasion.

LeBron has let down his millions of adorers.

Marjean Tilson ?Van Hyning

Norton

Clear double ?standard

I am responding to the June 10 article “City dumps big trash bills on 56 property owners,” concerning the City of Akron Public Utilities Department.

In an audit, it was discovered that some residents were not being charged for trash pickup. The department informed them that they would need to pay retroactively. It was also mentioned that people who have the Homestead Exemption were eligible for a discount on their trash pickup and sewer rates.

That is not something that is well publicized, and I was unaware of it until I read the article.

I called the Public Utilities Department and was told I would start getting the discount. When I asked if I could get a refund for the past six months because I was unaware of this discount, I was told there would not be a refund.

Isn’t that a double standard? The city can charge people retroactively for not paying for trash service, even though it was the city’s fault, and yet it cannot issue refunds to those who qualify through the Homestead Exemption program?

Most people getting the exemption are seniors living on very limited or fixed incomes.

Mary Gulledge

Akron

Hold big oil ?accountable

Twenty state attorneys general have come together (ours is not one of them) to investigate Exxon’s role in deceiving the public about climate change and the devastating impacts of burning fossil fuels on our planet.

It is time to stop corporations from using the power of wealth and deceit to benefit their bottom lines without regard to the damage they do to society.

Can we hold big oil accountable, perhaps like big tobacco was held accountable?

Deception, outright lies and big money have permeated our way of life. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), well funded by Exxon and other corporate lobbies, writes and proposes legislation favorable to corporations no matter what the consequences for the American public or our planet.

Members of Congress whose campaigns are funded by big donors can be blinded by self-interest and pass morally vacant legislation. It may take 20 brave attorneys general holding corporations accountable, demanding truth-telling, who get us back on track toward government of the people, by the people and for the people again.

Carol McFall

Alliance