Letters to the editor, February 19

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Help save jobs

A nationwide retailer has made public its plan to eliminate 2,300 workers at one of its divisions. It will reduce the ranks of middle management and hourly workers in a move to be more nimble.

Nimble?

That is the first time in my life I have heard the word nimble substituted for less workers and more profits. The retailer later declared it will be opening 15 establishments.

How many of the projected 2,300 will lose their jobs to computerized robots?

If you work for a living — no matter in what capacity — you need to look at your job and try to figure how long industry will take to replace you with a machine.

Once you have the concept in your mind that industry is putting more money into the development of labor-replacing robots and computers, it’s time to act.

How? Refuse to use the computerized checkout stands in stores. They have other stands with people to help and correct errors. Each computerized stand eliminates a job for an out-of-work in-need human being.

I had one store manager tell me he couldn’t find enough workers; that was the reason for the automated checkouts.

I left in anger at the insult to my intelligence. If you work for a living and are not independently wealthy, don’t use computerized checkout stands.

The job you save may be yours.

John Nance Garner,

Denton


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