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Blame The Consumers
I read your Jan. 19 letters section and cringed. More CEO bashing and claims of corporate greed over outsourcing.

Blame not the CEO or the company. Rather, when monster discount chains such as Wal-Mart with proven histories of crushing mom-and-pop stores over a few dollars difference in price are rewarded by becoming Fortune 500 companies with billions in revenue, then the true source of this "greed" can only be traced back to the consumer.

When it comes to saving U.S. jobs or shopping at a warehouse store stocked with foreign goods, it's the almighty dollar that wins, and I don't see it being any different in the IT field.
Romel Llarena
Birmingham, Mich.



Start At The Top
It seems strange that the real question of offshore outsourcing hasn't been asked: When are senior management positions going to be outsourced? U.S. industry leaders are against "protectionism" and support offshore outsourcing as long as the company reduces costs (Politician And Vendors Square Off, Jan. 12). Outsourcing the CEO of a company like Hewlett-Packard would be the same as outsourcing 300 to 400 technical employees.
Knut Bulow
Manager, Info Services, Houston



Memories Of Mars
In the mid-'70s, I worked on the Viking spacecraft, which soft-landed two vehicles on the surface of Mars (Mars Rover's Earthly Impact, Jan. 12). I was involved with the Viking Biological Instrument, which was essentially a miniaturized biological laboratory.

We were looking for signs of life, which gives off biological transpiration effluent, waste matter, etc. We found none of these. It's possible that no conventional signs of life still exist, if they ever did. Maybe the instruments just weren't sensitive enough. Maybe we were too myopic in looking for what we are familiar with as far as the type of life that exists.
Lou Garner
Principal, ElGar Consulting, Las Vegas



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