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he robots are coming

Editor:

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.

Amanda Vivilacqua,

Phoenix

Good op-ed piece!

Editor:

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.

Kerry Harris,

Goodyear

2020 presidential election

Editor:

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