Letters Don’t pin hopes on driverless car future

Don’t pin hopes on

driverless car future

Proponents of driverless cars rely heavily on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that states 90 percent of traffic deaths are caused by human error. They apparently conclude that mechanical control of the driving function would result in far fewer traffic deaths, with no possible statistics to back up their claim.

Ninety percent of traffic deaths are caused by humans because humans now perform 100 percent of the driving function. The other 10 percent can be attributed to mechanical failure, hitting a deer on the highway and other statistical aberrations. Factually, no one can predict how many deaths will occur if the nation makes a transition from individual driver responsibility to relying on parts and systems made throughout the world and assembled in Detroit for operation on already crowded and congested highways.

Every driver has experienced failure in the computer, mechanical and electrical systems that are a part of today’s product and has reservations about the failure of similar systems in driverless vehicles.

The nation must have better things to do with its discretionary wealth than to chase the concept of driverless cars.


Deplorables basket

has room for many

I am writing in response to the letter which stated that the mosque arson suspect is a Donald Trump deplorable (“Trump’s camp full of Islamophobics,” Tuesday).

If he is tried and convicted, then I would agree that he would fit in the deplorable group. I gather that the writer feels everyone who considers voting for Trump follows Hillary Clinton’s definition of being deplorable.

I guess I would fit into that group since I can’t vote for a person who lies, cheats and has no regard for anyone but her own achievements. I am a registered Republican who votes for the country, not the party. I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. I am a college graduate, veteran during the Korean War period, a businessman, and volunteer for over 20 years.

I would like to point out that there are many people who have resumes that would be considered deplorable who are registered Democrats. The letter demonstrated how closed-minded some people are, and would not be open-minded to any candidate other than their party.


WWJD? Not vote

for Trump, for sure

In response to the intelligent Donald Trump supporter, you are correct: the word deplorable was probably not the most accurate word to describe half of the Trump voters (“I’m not deplorable, just intelligent enough to oppose Clinton,” Sept. 20).

Since you serve on a pastor’s task force, are a deacon at your Presbyterian church and claim to be an avid Bible student, I think hypocrite would be a better term.

Probably the most baffling thing to me is all the Bible-thumpers, churchgoing, “good” people identifying with the hateful and viral espouses of a philandering man.

What would Jesus do if given a vote in this election? Vote for The Donald? Doubtful.


Politics thwarted

money to fight Zika

I have been in the agricultural pesticide and animal health business for over 50 years, and Dr. J. Brad Peebles’ letter, “Zika advice frees officials from responsibility” (Sunday), on attempts to avoid the Zika virus, is well on point. However, the leadership point is blunted by politics.

The Democrats in Congress came up with a bill for substantial money to fight the Zika virus. Republicans joined them, but then the Republicans added an amendment, defunding segments of Planned Parenthood. That ended the funding needed to fight the virus.

Politics before people is another infection we need to control and resolve.


Editor’s note: Robert Langer is president of Bio Livestock International.

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