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You Vs. Outsourcing
Offshoring cannot be stopped. Labor cost differentials of five to 20 times won't be ignored. And it will happen in all service industries, not just IT. Companies already are offshoring jobs as diverse as medical billing, customer service, software development, radiological diagnosis, telemarketing, and financial service processing. There are few offshore-resistant service sector jobs. The only jobs that would fall in that category are those that require physical presence (think plumber, electrician, construction worker, lawn care, garbage collection). --Guillermo

We are our own worst enemies. Just as we sold steel to Japan before World War II, we've sold our knowledge to China and India. We trained them on our visas. Our own lobbying groups are promoting more visas, saying we're not good enough. --Bob Pate

Can't We All Just Get Along?
How about a sound-deadening "cell bell" that automatically descends from the ceiling to cover the passenger's head and shoulders when a cell signal is detected. Or, to save installation cost, it could be requested from a stewardess, like a pillow or blanket. --Jovial

Maybe the answer is to implement a technology that allows only text messages on planes. No voice. --PV

Anti-Outsourcing Legislation Would Cost Jobs
I didn't know the state of Michigan could have its own foreign policy and control international trade. Does this also apply to interstate trade? That is, will the Michigan Democrats also declare war on Georgia for getting that Kia plant? --Joe Celko

Any company should be free to seek labor in any country but shouldn't be allowed to do so while feeding from the public trough. Tax breaks were for attracting plants, not for "giveaways" to corporate fat cats. --Zane Bitterfield

Keeping Kids Safe Online
We have forbidden our teens from having a MySpace Web site. My biggest concern is how to reach the parents who aren't heeding the warnings. I was impressed to find out that IBM has published an Internet Safety PowerPoint presentation that's available to the public. --Debbie

Parents need to realize that their job has fundamentally changed. It's about being an Internet Parent and taking the time to really understand the often-subtle implications of new online tools and behaviors. Make rules and enforce them. Find tools that work. And stay connected to what your kids are doing online because next week/month/year there will be a new invention that kids will fall in love with, without understanding the dangers and risks. Be a responsible Internet Parent. Get involved now. --John Carosella

As chair of the local library board, my fellow members and I are struggling with how to deal with teens using library computers to access chat rooms. Censorship has no place in a library and while some things, e.g. porn sites, are obviously inappropriate, protecting children from inappropriate chat room behavior isn't obviously the library's responsibility once parents have signed the computer-use approval form. --Barry

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