Trump criticism needs rethinking

Regarding Randy Wiebold’s letter (November 22, 2019) criticizing President Trump’s efforts to correct trade inequities that have existing for years, I offer this … Before complaining about Trump’s policies, check the economy and unemployment figures, especially for African Americans and Mexican Americans. The “United World” and “global economy” didn’t do that, Trump’s policies did. Also Randy, it was the “Marshal Plan,” not marshal law, that rebuilt Europe after World War II.

Ron Watson

Sutter Creek

Veterans Day Parade in Jackson

A beautiful and memorable day took place November 11 on Main Street as friends and families watched with anticipation, the many participants, showing respect to our Veterans!

The Grand Marshall, Lyle Eidsmoe, a 65-year member of American Legion Post 108, was leading the parade, as Charline Buckley, on her 10th year of announcing the event, was making sure all groups were recognized! Leslie Davis sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” as the parade was underway … then above, two airplanes from Saunders Aeronautics, Ione, flew over twice to validate this event! The marching band from Argonaut High School gave a great performance, while young students from Plymouth Monarch Montessori School sang in unison “God Bless America” on the National Hotel steps … and very touching indeed!

Thanks so much for all participants making this parade great and “one of a kind” for Jackson!

Now, there is also a call and need of socks for children and adults, due to the outage, for Veterans and the homeless. Please call Charline Buckley, American Legion Post 108 Auxiliary, for information to donate: (209) 296-4438.

Georgia Fox

Sutter Creek

Back seat to our last stop?

Our legal system is in bad shape. A customer (a contractor operating on an expired license) stiffed me for a day and a half of hard work. I said, “No problem. I’ll see you in court.”

Turns out it really is a problem. One trip to the courthouse in Jackson got me the papers I needed to file a small claims action. I filled them out and drove back to the courthouse to file them and get a court date. The date they gave me was 4 1/3 months later. I paid $40 to the Sheriff’s Office for them to serve the contractor. That was weeks ago. Have never heard from them if they were successful or not. Back in 2015, it took a Colorado judge a month to accept my lawyer’s resignation so I could proceed with a probate case.

Have been reading, “A History of Artificial Intelligence and Law in 50 papers.” Didn’t know that computer scientists have been getting computers to argue law cases better and better since 1989. They are quite good now. Tested on 60 years of Supreme Court cases, they have correctly predicted outcomes 70 percent of the time. This compares with a group of 83 legal experts rate of 59 percent.

But, like the early weavers who smashed automated looms, U.S. lawyers refuse to let “legal expert systems” do even trivial tasks for the public. When these Designed Intelligences (DIs) finally are allowed to council/represent people, and write law … we will have arrived at “backseat humanity.” AIs will be driving our cars, doing our designs, doing our research and governing us.

Throughout organic life, when something is no longer used … it shrivels, then disappears. Is there any chance that the human race can move gracefully toward this inevitable, and natural end?

Joseph Mitchener


‘Hometown Cooking’ column will be missed

I read with sadness (in the Friday, November 29 edition of the Ledger Dispatch) that this is Heather Ralph’s last Hometown Cooking column. I have enjoyed her kitchen musings and tasty recipes for these past three years. I have created some great desserts, cookies, etc., from her delicious recipes. I will miss her family wisdom and hometown cooking. I wish her well in her new endeavors and hope that she will be able to have guest columns in the paper from time to time.

Mary Kwoka