Letters to the Editor, October 13, 2016

Robots and the school year?

To the editor;

“OK, robot waitress.  Your first recommendation was the slow baked salmon with lemon and thyme.    I’ll try that.  With the peas and carrots.  By the way, that is a snazzy outfit you’re wearing…. You’re welcome. ”  

In a few years conversations like this will become common.   More broadly, robots will increasingly perform many jobs now performed by humans.   We may expect that the robots generally will first be used to do repetitive physical jobs.   Jobs remaining available to humans will involve greater complexity and skill.  Less skilled humans will have a harder time finding work.   New kinds of human jobs will be created more slowly than traditional jobs disappear.

Maryland has long had a 180 day school year.    By recent executive order the Governor has required schools to delay opening until Labor Day and to close by mid-June.   As a result, unforeseen events like a snowy winter may shorten the school year to even fewer than 180 days. 

In contrast, the Japanese economy was destroyed in World War II.  But Japan has long invested in a 230 day school year.  And after 1946 Japan quickly became one of the world’s great economies.  Most agree that Japan’s investment in education is wise; and that the long school year is a cause of its economic success.

Maryland’s Governor said his action would improve the Maryland economy.  The Governor did not gave his action enough thought.  He should instead have taken actions to increase the length of the school year.  His thoughtless action has harmed rather than helped the Maryland economy. 

W. H. Friedman



Water water everywhere

To the editor;

Thank you so much for the water investigation.

This is exactly the kind of journalism the people of Montgomery County need.

D. Sheveiko



And the role of the newspaper

To the editor;

The dual role of a newspaper is to report without bias the news and to educate the reader with a thoughtful analysis showing both sides in the editorial section.  However the most prestigious U. S. newspaper has failed both tests in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

 With a recent series of editorials and news coverage,the New York Times has continued it almost one century vendetta against, first the Jewish communities in the British Mandate, then the lack of reporting on the Holocaust and now after the founding of the state of  Israel all actions to protect that nation as inappropriate.

 The tunnel vision on the addition to the existing Israeli cities and towns outside of the temporary post 1967 armistice lines, condemning them, as barriers to peace, while ignoring the continuing support of terrorism by the Palestinian Arabs is a biased position of the New York Times.   Omitted completely is the refusal of Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate with Israel while he lauds the same terrorist attacks.  It is time that the New York Times examine their editorials and reporting on the Arab Israeli conflict.

N. Marans



And the other role of the newspaper?

To the editor;

Where does a newspaper get its ideas? You dedicate a whole six week campaign to smearing our water supply.


If the WSSC isn’t providing us with safe water government would know. This is why people don’t trust government and newspapers.

You make up facts, distribute them as facts and get the government to overreact. This is why no one trusts anyone.

B. Beasley


editor’s note: What’s in your water?



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