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Overseas Competition
IT positions are being outsourced to other countries at an alarming rate ("Politician And Vendors Square Off," Jan. 12, p. 28). Why are companies being given big tax breaks for sending good jobs overseas? Not only do hundreds of unemployed, qualified IT workers have to compete with the average worker just for a job, but we now have to compete with other countries?

It's obvious what's more important to these overpaid CEOs--the dollar sign.

Michelle Harris,
Systems QA Analyst, Providian, Oakland, Calif.


The Spam Factor
I was one of the volunteers who didn't reply to Fred Langa's test mail ("E-Mail--Hideously Unreliable," Jan. 12). On reading the article about the test, I see that the subject of the E-mail was "Hello." I fear I may have trashed it because I've found that "Hello" messages are almost invariably spam, and I send them to the trash folder immediately.

Art Frederick
Owner, Initial Reaction, Chatham Centre, N.Y.


Unacceptably High
Although we've all experienced failures in E-mail delivery, my own experience does not reflect anything like the 30% to 40% rate Fred Langa reports. If it were as bad as his tests indicate, no one I know would use E-mail for any sort of business communication. You just can't afford to have that kind of failure rate when time, money, and reputation are on the line.

Robert Danford,
VP, Acroamatics, Goleta, Calif.


Sad But True
It struck me as strangely appropriate, sad, and perhaps unfortunately prophetic that the cover art of your "Outlook 2004" (Jan. 5) issue shows a ship heading offshore (to India and China, no doubt) whose sails are made of American dollars and whose cargo is likely American jobs. Nicely done.

Robert M. Linz,
Associate Library Director and IT Coordinator, Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Mich.

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