The robots are coming
We are in a monumental economic transition that will phase out thousands of jobs in the United States within a decade. It’s not a scary Hollywood sci-fi film or an H.G. Wells plot; it’s a real and imminent reality that artificial intelligence and automation will replace workers in many divisions of the U.S. job market.
This is something that is already happening. Truckers and other transportation industry workers are being threatened with the introduction of self-driving vehicles. Retail workers are being supplanted with automated kiosks. Robotic processes can automate repetitive computer tasks like data entry and web research in hundreds of industries. If you look at how far technology rapidly grew within the last decade and extrapolate that into a projection of the next, the job landscape looks extremely bleak.
The worst part of it? No presidential candidate for the 2020 election is talking about these issues. No one, other than Andrew Yang. An entrepreneur and founder of Venture for America, a nonprofit that focuses on creating jobs in struggling American cities, he is the only candidate who is dialed in on the issue of automation and artificial intelligence, with solutions for our country as this Fourth Industrial Revolution moves forward.
If you care less about the reality TV show that is politics and more about your community and the economic prison that the U.S. economy could be in if these issues aren’t addressed, I urge you to Google “Andrew Yang,” and together we can move forward.
Stop the hatred
Bill Maher shared his thoughts about recently deceased conservative billionaire David Koch. Maher said he is glad Koch is dead. He hoped Koch’s death was painful. Koch died from prostrate cancer. Maher commented that he was going to have to re-evaluate his low opinion of prostrate cancer.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell said she wishes hurricane Dorian makes a direct hit on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.
Actress Debra Messing tweeted that if by chance she were to die in a mass shooting, she wanted to be cremated and have her ashes thrown into Mitch McConnell’s eyes while she was still smoldering.
Here we have three examples, of which there are many more, as to just how irrational progressives can be. Not only are their words irrational, but quite frankly, they are dangerous. That kind of talk is by its nature incendiary.
Also, what about militant antifa thugs physically attacking conservative students on campus, just because the students are conservative? That’s big-time hatred for sure.
In my opinion, nobody can hate like a progressive can hate. God help anyone who gets in their crosshairs.
How ironic that it is the progressives who display those popular red, white and blue yard signs on their well-manicured Midwestern lawns, proclaiming, “Hate Has No Home Here.” Really? Try telling that to the progressive-dominated entertainment industry.
If you are a conservative, and progressives ever regain national power, you should consider changing your political viewpoint. Or, just to be on the safe side, maybe you should gather up your goods and head for the hills. Don’t forget to pack your essentials, your gold and Campbell’s soup, as you may be in for a prolonged siege from a repressive progressive government. In the meantime, all we can ask of progressives is disagree, yes, but please stop the hatred, and stop it now! It is so totally vicious and so divisive.
Progressives pride themselves on taking the moral high ground. Unless they stop their terrible hatred, their moral high ground will continue to be nothing but self-righteous hypocrisy.
Good op-ed piece!
I read the op-ed piece by Jason Barraza about how well his hospital emergency visit turned out for him when a shooting pain resulted in gall bladder surgery. Not only was his physical situation fixed, but his insurance paid all but $80 of the large bill. He asks that policymakers be careful not to disrupt the coverage most people count on.
I couldn’t agree more, but when listening to the many candidates spout their intentions, their ideas would be totally disruptive. Some want to initiate government rate setting (price controls), which has proven disastrous every time it has been tried. We end up with drug shortages, limits on drugs and fewer new drugs in the market.
Another huge problem candidates are discussing is ways to deal with surprise medical bills, which usually result from an emergency visit. Emergency means the absence of choice.
I’m glad Mr. Barraza’s policy covered everything. Many people receive bills weeks after treatment because their insurance denied doctors or services for being out of network. The answer is not to give insurance companies more power, but to assure that doctors and hospitals are properly reimbursed.
2020 presidential election
It is my expectation that President Trump is going to do all of us a big favor and decide some time in early-to-mid 2020 not to run for re-election. When that happens, I hope the Republicans will nominate someone of good character such as Nikki Haley or Carly Fiorina.
Personally, I don’t know what I find to be more despicable about the guy: the way he makes fun of and insults the physical appearance of people or the way that he views women as sex objects.
Stewart B. Epstein
Rochester, New York
Election Day is soon
An impassioned letter writer called for President Trump’s “impeachment.” Really? Even though the conspirators’ coup attempt failed so miserably? Sorry, no do-overs. You’ll get your next (legitimate) shot on November 3, 2020. Then, folks, we’ll see some democracy in action.
September 11, 2001
Gee, I was surprised that the September 11 issue of the West Valley View did not (unless I somehow missed it) have an article nor any mention of the 18th anniversary of the attack upon our country by Al-Qaeda’s Islamic terrorists? “We will never forget.”
Kindness is alive and well in Buckeye
Common courtesy and kindness are alive and well in Buckeye. With so much negativity in the air these days, I wanted to share a recent experience that reinforced why I have enjoyed working in Buckeye for the past 14 years. I was invited through both social media and by friends to attend a fundraiser for a community member in need. I was asked to make a gift basket, so I arrived a little early to the event to add it to the vast array of items to be raffled off, all of which were donated by community members, local businesses or hometown artisans.
Even though the reason for the event was not a joyous one, the room was filled with people who merely came to help an individual in need. Joy showed on their faces as generations of longtime Buckeye Valley residents reconnected with folks they hadn’t seen for decades. Given the extreme growth since I came to the community, from around 5,000 to about 80,000, incidents of running into each other have become less frequent. Laughter and stories that started with “remember when” filled the air as folks reconnected and the years melted away.
In one area of the room there were desserts that had been donated and a group of volunteers who would sell you a ticket for the dinner made by the Elks Lodge members. At yet another table, you could buy raffle tickets for one of the many donated items, and volunteers also sold 50/50 raffle tickets, the proceeds of which would almost certainly be donated back to the cause by the winner. As I looked around the room I saw members from the local Daughters of the American Revolution, the Rotary Club of Buckeye, the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Patriotic Committee, the Buckeye Main Street Coalition, small-business owners and, of course, many, many members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (a.k.a., the Elks Lodge). Lots of good work is done by each of these organizations and the positive impact is felt not only by individuals but by the community at large.
There are a variety of opportunities to get involved in your community, Buckeye or otherwise; opportunities to make a positive difference in the lives of others. I challenge you, as fellow West Valley residents, to find a purpose and be a part of something greater than yourself. Teach your children the importance of sharing, giving and helping others in general — seek out someone in need and make a difference.
A huge thank you to the Elks Lodge in Buckeye for the gift you gave to me, to the beneficiary of your support and to those in attendance that day. Your organization has provided fellowship, patriotic education, philanthropy, and acknowledgement and honor to veterans. Those in your organization have made the community of Buckeye a better place to be.
Frequently we see news media commentary about gerrymandering or redistricting, which in layman’s terms means your district may be changed and you could end up in a new district, which may or may not have an impact on who you can vote for. Arizona has a “redistricting” commission which is supposed to be independent from the political parties. Those who pay attention realize that politics play a huge role in the power of the commission. There are 30 districts in the state able to elect one state senator and two representatives. Legislative districts in Maricopa County are confusing because of the manner in which the districts are drawn. For example, Legislative District 4 spreads across the state from Yuma to Tucson with a small part of Goodyear. On the federal level the congressional district is different than the LD4 in Maricopa County; hence the seat we have to vote for is from Tucson and has a dominant support from Yuma. This basically limits the votes in Goodyear to a minority position.
Why can’t the city of Goodyear be in one district, allowing all of us to vote with our neighbors, not with isolated areas that have different issues and different philosophies. The system now only helps one political party, not the people who live in Maricopa County and Goodyear. The present system is not in the best interest of the county or the state. The commission acts with little oversight and most voters are not educated about their power or who actually sits on the commission.
I believe the Legislature and governor should be the responsible people for redistricting, and if they do not execute their duties responsibly then the legal system can make decisions to rectify any problems.
It is time to change the current system.