I am responding to David Lammers' "Rebound without the bounce" (Dec. 13, 2004; page 35) from the perspective of an unemployed American high-tech worker. I became a victim of terrorism when my employer's Manhattan agency in the World Trade Center complex burned on Sept. 11. I am also a victim of the offshoring of high-tech work to India. I have been seeking work for 163 weeks.
Mr. Lammers appears to be an optimist with reservations; I am a pessimist. We have some common ground in that Mr. Lammers saw fit to mention Bangalore in his article. To me, Bangalore is key to the crime of offshoring.
But whereas Mr. Lammers sees light at the end of the tunnel, I see a train wreck of national proportions.
He does see the "lack of bounce" and sees "dry" promotions as a minor negative. He cites declining bonuses for Americans, as well as benefits with a lack of "shine."
America is well on its way to becoming a fourth-rate power in the world. To quote the article, "It is Asian manufacturers that increasingly dictate what silicon and supporting firmware will win out."
Yet from all of this bad news, [EE Times sees] a "rebound" and applauds it.
I am not impressed with your journalism. You apparently wrote whatever the big-money interests (Intel, Nokia, Samsung, TI, National Instruments, Cirrus Logic, Silicon Labs) asked you to write. CMP [Media LLC, publisher of EE Times] does that in many of its publications. The dollars always outrank the American flag for its anti-American readership.
We, America's unemployed, get very angry. You will understand that anger soon, [when you] join our ranks. Low-quality journalism can be done in Calcutta very cheaply.
Walter A. Nodelman, West Hartford, Conn