Au­to­ma­tion and mi­gra­tion

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Last

month, the AVP, in­formed its read­ers that Rep. Katie Hill and a con­gres­sional com­mit­tee trav­eled to Cen­tral Amer­ica to study the prob­lem of mi­gra­tion. Chief among the rea­sons given for mi­gra­tion were 1. Mal­nu­tri­tion, 2. Vi­o­lence and cli­mate change.

Al­though I found the ar­ti­cle in­for­ma­tive, I thought he fact-find­ing com­mit­ted omit­ted a ma­jor piece of the im­mi­gra­tion puz­zle.

The role of au­to­ma­tion in the fu­ture work­place. Think about it. How many times have we heard, we need im­mi­grants to do jobs, Amer­i­cans won’t?

Well, turns out some­thing will. Ro­bots. Yes, I said ro­bots. For in­stance, what hap­pens when Cen­tral Amer­ica mi­grants to Amer­i­can and there’s no jobs to be had due to au­to­ma­tion? It’s a real co­nun­drum, isn’t it?

Any­way, I found a few ar­ti­cles writ­ten for the As­so­ci­ated Press that I think rep­re­sent a con­flict­ing point of view on the topic of im­mi­gra­tion.

One ar­ti­cle ti­tled Ro­bots and hu­mans fight over jobs, stated that cur­rently, 36 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are at risk of los­ing their jobs to au­to­ma­tion. Chief among the rea­sons: 1. Ro­bots don’t take va­ca­tions, 2. Ro­bots don’t ask for a raise and 3. Ro­bots don’t need a health­care plan. In short, ro­bots are cheap.

An­other jour­nal­ist put it this way: If Amer­i­can work­ers are dis­placed due to au­to­ma­tion, what’s the sense of im­port­ing mil­lions more? I re­al­ize that doesn’t sound PC to a lot of read­ers but mil­lions of dis­placed work­ers au­to­mated out of a job, roam­ing the lower 48, like the Joad fam­ily, doesn’t sound kosher ei­ther.

So just like previous ad­min­is­tra­tions in Wash­ing­ton, I’m go­ing to take a mul­li­gan on this topic and let you de­cide. Does au­to­ma­tion in the work­place change your at­ti­tude on the bor­der de­bate?

Robert Mc­Gre­gor

Palmdale

News­pa­pers go with ev­ery­thing

In

81 years, my en­tire life, I have never drunk a cup of cof­fee. News­pa­pers go with ev­ery­thing! Thank you for the An­te­lope Val­ley Press. Irma Car­roll Lind­say Rosa­mond

No one uses them

I’m

in­ter­ested to know how bi­cy­cles fall into the same cat­e­gory as a car, truck and mo­torhome.

My car weighs 4,500 lbs. My truck 8,500 lbs. and my mo­torhome is 12,000 lbs. All have mo­tors. My bi­cy­cle tops out at 24 lbs.

How much dam­age do you think my bike does to the road­ways com­pared to my mo­tor ve­hi­cles? Are you go­ing to put a fee on skate­boards, rollerblad­es, etc.?

As for our bike lanes, I know of no bi­cy­clist that ad­vo­cates them. If you want to see true bike paths then take a 30-minute trip to Va­len­cia. Biff Baker An­te­lope Acres

Shut them down

How

is it that DCFS is ab­solved of any re­spon­si­bil­ity for Noah or any of the rest re­ally?

They are just as re­spon­si­ble yet they seem­ingly never have to pay the con­se­quences for any­thing.

My per­sonal opin­ion which prob­a­bly doesn’t mean any­thing but they should also be re­spon­si­ble for one of my previous so­cial work­ers death as well since it’s be­cause of them that his death oc­curred.

He was an amaz­ing hu­man being then went above and be­yond any­body that I’ve ever seen or worked with be­fore, sadly due to things sur­round­ing baby Gabriel’s case his life was cut ex­tremely short.

Once again you don’t have to be­lieve me my older chil­dren are just as will­ing to speak out now as I am. They crip­pled our fam­ily and re­fused to take any re­spon­si­bil­ity for any­thing.

I hope one day all this mat­ters to some­body and they never have the op­por­tu­nity to do this to any­body else. Some­body needs to shut them down. Cristina El­gin

Acton

Nice go­ing, Par­ris

As

I was driv­ing north on 25th Street West be­tween Av­enues J-8 and J, I was over­whelmed at the amount of bi­cy­cle traf­fic us­ing the new dou­ble bike lanes. There was one bi­cy­cle and they were rid­ing on the side­walk!

And this is re­peated fre­quently on Lan­caster Blvd.

Mr. Mayor Par­ris, what a waste of money you have in­flicted on the res­i­dents of this city and the horrible traf­fic jams you have cre­ated on Lan­caster Blvd. I’ll bet you haven’t driven on these streets lately, un­less you were chauf­feured. Nice go­ing. Pa­trick Wick

Lan­caster

Google did it

I just came across some very in­ter­est­ing re­search that has been con­ducted for sev­eral years and the re­sults were re­cently (mid 2015) pub­lished with no fan­fare.

Wikipedia has a fairly com­plete con­densed run­down on the sub­ject for which search re­sults are ex­pand­ing rapidly on the in­ter­net.

SEME, an acro­nym for the search en­gine ma­nip­u­la­tion ef­fect is the change in con­sumer pref­er­ences from ma­nip­u­la­tions of search re­sults by search en­gine providers.

SEME is one of the largest be­hav­ioral ef­fects ever dis­cov­ered. Re­searchers es­ti­mated that Google could help Hil­lary Clin­ton win the nom­i­na­tion and could de­liver be­tween 2.6 and 10.4 mil­lion gen­eral elec­tion votes to Clin­ton via SEME. Since Hil­lary Clin­ton won the pop­u­lar vote by the widest mar­gin of any los­ing can­di­date in US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions his­tory, car­ry­ing nearly 2.9 mil­lion votes more than Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump, it’s prob­a­ble that with­out Google’s in­ter­fer­ence, us­ing SEME, she would not have won the pop­u­lar vote ei­ther.

And the Democrats think that a pal­try sum Rus­sia spent on some TV ads con­trib­uted to her loss. What a joke!

With­out Google’s shenani­gans, Trump won in a land­slide. Tip for all you Democrats af­fected with TDS, he’s go­ing to win again.

If the politi­cians truly want to as­sure fair elec­tions, they might want to spend time and ef­fort on con­trol­ling Google, rather than con­cen­trat­ing on Rus­sia.

But wait, that would not be good for Democrats — let’s for­get the whole thing. Back to Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence.

Barry Bra­man

Lan­caster

That’s de­spi­ca­ble

It

is my ex­pec­ta­tion that Pres­i­dent Trump is go­ing to do all of us a big fa­vor and de­cide some­time in early-to-mid 2020 not to run for re-elec­tion.

When that hap­pens, I hope that 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 that he makes fun of and in­sults peo­ple’s phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, or the way that he views women as sex ob­jects. Ste­wart B. Ep­stein Rochester, New York P.S. By way of back­ground, I am a re­tired col­lege pro­fes­sor of So­ci­ol­ogy, So­cial Work, and Psy­chol­ogy who still very much en­joys being able to in­form, teach, and ed­u­cate oth­ers when I be­lieve that I have some­thing to of­fer. That’s why I write these let­ters.

I taught at West Vir­ginia Univer­sity and Slip­pery Rock Univer­sity.

They want our guns and burg­ers

Cal­i­for­nia

state Sen­a­tor Bob Hertzberg spon­sored a bill that says that the Cal­i­for­nia Posse Comi­ta­tus Act of1872 was a law em­ployed to help catch ru­n­away slaves.

The law made it a mis­de­meanor not to help a po­lice of­fi­cer who re­quests as­sis­tance. He must’ve went to school in Cal­i­for­nia and he missed the day they taught about the eman­ci­pa­tion procla­ma­tion you know the day that Lin­coln freed the slaves in 1863.

Ac­cord­ing to Poli­ti­fact July 2014 there were 352 Bill’s on Harry Reid’s desk that he didn’t want to be voted on 55 of which were writ­ten by Democrats.

So the NRA has spent $396,000 so far this year. Lib­eral hero Ge­orge Soros has spent $8,620,000 buy­ing lib­eral politi­cians so far this year. Why doesn’t the main­stream me­dia whine about big money buy­ing in­flu­ence in gov­ern­ment?

Ac­cord­ing to the demo­cratic de­bate tonight they are go­ing to give you free health­care free col­lege free money then they are go­ing to take away your guns your cars your ham­burg­ers.

No­body goes to jail for a non­vi­o­lent crime.

He who knows all sees all and walks on wa­ter promised to lower my med­i­cal pre­mi­ums by $2,500 per year did man­age to make it go up by $3,000.

Steven Brewer

Rosa­mond

Was it of­fen­sive?

No

noose is good noose, but is it of­fen­sive? The four teach­ers in­volved with the noose in­ci­dent at Sum­mer­wind El­e­men­tary were found to be merely en­joy­ing an end-of-year joke. No racial dis­crim­i­na­tion in­tended.

This isn’t good enough for the civil rights ac­tivists. What, they didn’t get enough at­ten­tion over this al­ready? Didn’t the “of­fended” get enough money from this fab­ri­cated of­fense? So they want to con­tinue the in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­til the re­sult is ex­actly to their lik­ing.

How many times do you think those teach­ers spent their own money for ev­ery child in their class, in their school? Do you think they were paid over­time when pre­par­ing ma­te­ri­als for ev­ery child in their class over the week­ends? My guess, if it ever came to it, they would pro­tect ev­ery child pos­si­ble in their school against any dan­ger that’s pre­sented.

No one be­comes a teacher so that they can dis­crim­i­nate and spread racial hate. Teach­ers are mo­ti­vated by the love they have for ev­ery child, it’s ob­vi­ous in their daily work.

It’s be­cause of this bond of love and car­ing that these teach­ers can joke about the hard­ships of the pro­fes­sion. The joke was meant to en­cour­age per­se­ver­ance in a tough sit­u­a­tion.

Yes, the job is dif­fi­cult. Teach­ers not only in­struct, they com­pen­sate for parental short­com­ings. So while those ac­tivists are spend­ing their time being “of­fended,” there’s a teacher some­where fill­ing in for them in their ab­sence.

Theresa Rankin A teacher since 1985

Acton

Learn from ‘Roots’

The

Val­ley Press re­ports a while back ed­u­ca­tors have no knowl­edge how to teach slav­ery to the stu­dents and now Satur­day Septem­ber 7, 2019, five ed­u­ca­tors had no knowl­edge of the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the noose.

Let me sug­gest a lit­tle some­thing to help. An Amer­i­can au­thor, Alexan­der Mur­ray Palmer Ha­ley (Au­gust 11, 1921 - Fe­bru­ary 10, 1992) and the au­thor of the 1976 book “Roots.”

The saga of an Amer­i­can fam­ily. ABC adapted the book as a tele­vi­sion minis­eries of the same name and aired it in 77 to a record break­ing au­di­ence of 130 mil­lion view­ers.

If the book Roots doesn’t have any­thing to help teach­ers learn about the sig­nif­i­cance of the noose or teach there stu­dents about slav­ery, noth­ing will.

God bless Amer­ica. Fred Flores

Lan­caster

Solv­ing two prob­lems

City

of Palmdale spends $1 mil­lion on dogs and cats but less on the home­less.

Give the home­less per­sons a dog or cat to take care of. Then pay them with the mil­lion dol­lars. That solves two prob­lems. Money well spent.

Then the home­less can spend the money on rent, shop­ping, etc., to get their life back on track. Vin­cent Chris­tini

Quartz Hill

It’s the al­co­hol

In

an opin­ion piece dated 9/12/19, “Palmdale, Lan­caster: Miles away but worlds apart”, the au­thor asks the public to an­swer the ques­tion: “What can

be done to re­duce crime in the An­te­lope Val­ley?

For the past 7 years, the Los An­ge­les County Public Health Depart­ment has rec­om­mended that cities with high crime rates con­sider re­duc­ing the num­ber of al­co­hol out­lets in ar­eas that have al­co­hol out­let sat­u­ra­tion.

In a press re­lease dated April 21, 2012, “Greater Al­co­hol Avail­abil­ity As­so­ci­ated with In­crease in Vi­o­lent Crime, Car Crashes, and Drink­ingRe­lated Deaths,” The LAC-PHD de­scribes the find­ings of a re­port that ex­am­ines re­la­tion­ship be­tween al­co­hol out­let den­sity by com­mu­nity and al­co­hol-re­lated harm. The press re­lease quotes the Re­port which states that “Ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion, which in­cludes binge drink­ing and heavy drink­ing, not only has dev­as­tat­ing per­sonal ef­fects, but also takes a tremen­dous toll on fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties,” said Jonathan E. Field­ing, MD, MPH, Direc­tor of Public Health and Health Of­fi­cer.

Dr. Field­ing goes on to state that “In­creased al­co­hol avail­abil­ity con­trib­utes to abuse, leads to se­ri­ous med­i­cal ill­nesses and im­paired men­tal health.” Key find­ings from the re­port ti­tled, “Re­duc­ing Al­co­holRe­lated Harm in Los An­ge­les County” states that “Com­mu­ni­ties with a high den­sity of restau­rants, bars and stores sell­ing al­co­hol were much more likely to have in­creased rates of vi­o­lent crime” and “Com­mu­ni­ties with high den­sity of out­lets where al­co­hol bev­er­ages are sold for con­sump­tion else­where (off-sale liquor and con­ve­nience stores) were five times more likely to have in­creased rates of al­co­hol re­lated deaths”.

Pue­blo y Salud does not be­lieve that re­duc­ing al­co­hol out­let den­sity is the only ac­tion needed or that this ac­tion alone will fix the prob­lem of crime com­pletely, but it firmly be­lieves that it will re­duce crime and help make our com­mu­ni­ties safer. Xavier Flores Pro­gram direc­tor Pue­blo y Salud Palmdale

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