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No Friend Of Outsourcing
"IBM Workers Consider Tech Option," states, "Inslee supports outsourcing in principle" (July 28, p. 28; informationweek.com/949/ibm_tech.htm). Such a statement isn't true, and your article presents no evidence to support such a claim.

I do not support outsourcing of American jobs, period. Nothing I've ever said or done would demonstrate such a position. On the contrary, I've asked the General Accounting Office to conduct a study of outsourcing issues and report on specific policy options (duly noted in your article), and I'm investigating abuses of the L visa program.

In no way do I encourage American companies to outsource their operations to foreign workers.
U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee
First Congressional District, Washington State



Keep Government Out
Let's hope we don't have to deal with politicians who decide that legislation is the best answer to this shift in profitable operations ("Taboo," July 28, p. 32; informationweek.com/949/taboo.htm).
Bill Douglass
Director of Communications, Incremax Technologies, New York



What About Security?
I understand offshore outsourcing saves money, but I don't understand why nobody is raising security concerns. Do big American companies really feel comfortable letting foreign companies learn about their business systems?
John Jackson
President, Strawberry Technologies, Hamden, Conn.



Tough Choices Needed
Finally, somebody gets it ("Cut The Budget--Or Cut The People," July 14/21, p. 108; informationweek.com/948/lovelace.htm).

I preach this stuff to my coaching clients all the time. Those that listen survive, those that don't are history.

So many companies are overemployed. Couple that with a lack of profitable sales, and we have the present economy, contrary to what the politicians believe.
Michael Stone
Owner, Construction Programs and Results, Washougal, Wash.



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