Was Jobs the man we knew?

A reader says writers often mix fiction with truth while talking about famous personalities. Other topics: Shane Warne, taxi drivers, French Muslims, Jeremy Clarkson

A reader says some writers tend to mix fiction with the truth when telling the stories of popular personalities such as Steve Jobs. Scott Eells / Bloomberg News
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It's interesting that so many different stories are doing the rounds about Steve Jobs, who died in 2011 (Rewriting the book about Steve Jobs, March 31).

The new book, Being Steve Jobs, for example, has highlighted some of his character traits that we either did not know about or Jobs did not really have. This phenomenon is not unusual considering the stature of Jobs. However, I think the editorial should have mentioned how some people cash in on such personalities to make money. I am not necessarily casting doubts about the author of this particular book, but there is no reason to believe yet that Jobs was not the kind of man we knew before.

Nina Nagpal, Dubai

Taxi drivers need much more than rest

It would certainly be good if taxi drivers' working hours is reduced (RTA takes look at cabbies' hours, March 31), but my wishlist for Dubai taxi drivers doesn't end there.

How about more money for the hours they do make, better training – in driving and communication – that would benefit the drivers and passengers alike and, above all, more respectful treatment from all of us?

Daniel Spijker, Dubai

Did Warne set a bad example?

Former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne’s response to his nation’s fifth cricket glory, inviting the winners (and spectators) to celebrate by drinking and being merry, has rightly warranted scathing ripostes from commentators, who have witnessed a growing tendency to binge after sporting triumphs.

Role models to countless budding sportsmen and women, this post-match revelry, where players douse each other with copious draughts of champagne, has become an inglorious advert for alcohol abuse.

Warne, known for his appetite for the fast lane, has had many brushes with his peers at the cricket board, and this caper, should ensure that the legend will be remembered more for his flippers at the crease than his flippancy outside of it.

AR Modak, South Africa

Life is tough for French Muslims

I am a French Muslim and I understand why many Muslims are leaving France (Muslims leave France for 'UAE dream', March 29). The situation is really complicated for us as intolerance towards Muslims is growing in this country.

Jaafar Dastan, France

Clarkson’s move unacceptable

With reference to the letter The world needs more Clarksons (March 30), I have always been a fan of Jeremy Clarkson, regularly watching his programmes and reading his books, finding his views refreshing and amusing. However, verbal and physical abuse of a colleague can never be condoned.

Pamela Gyles, Abu Dhabi

I beg to differ with those who think Jeremy Clarkson was not sacked. He was on a BBC contract, which was terminated ahead of schedule with three episodes of Top Gear remaining to be filmed. This means Clarkson was dismissed.

Name withheld by request

Sharjah decision is welcome

I am delighted to know that Sharjah has planned to relocate used-car dealers from Abu Shagara to a designated location (Sharjah auto city on the move, March 31).

I have been living in the emirate for the past 13 years. For me, as well as for others who live there, especially in and around Abu Shagara, know how difficult it is to move around because of these businesses.

When my friends visit me, they never find a parking space, all of which are occupied by these dealers.

I wonder how they were allowed to thrive in residential areas for so long.

Mohammed Sajeer, Sharjah