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One Moment Please - Outsourcing to India?


Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

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At least once a week, I receive a phone call from an "offshore outsourcing" company seeking to siphon money out of our local economy in various methods.

For example, I have had companies contact me with promises of saving the Fillmore County Journal a bunch of money if we outsource our graphic design work to their company. These companies dangling carrots of expense savings are often then openly outsourcing their work to a third party company in India.

This continuous trend disturbs me, especially when I hear about companies that actually take them up on their offer. I know it's been happening for a long time. Labels on our products have been adorned with Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Mexico for decades. International trade can conceivably be equitable for all parties, in theory.

But, at what point does it drain our economy... our nation to an inequitable trade deficit?

What is the ripple effect of the corporate-driven appetite for offshore outsourcing?

In April of 2007, the Minneapolis Star Tribune threatened to outsource 25 out of 30 of their graphic design jobs to India.

In March of 2008, the Des Moines Register eliminated five of 22 graphic design jobs and began outsourcing some of their work to India.

Why? To save a buck? Are you kidding me?

I understand the free market concept and managing the cost of goods sold, and labor costs play a role in that equation. Obviously, the competitive global economy takes its toll on the financial survival of businesses, large and small.

However, we are generously outsourcing ourselves into the fragile dependencies of a "consumer" nation. Yes, this is not a revelation by any means. This transition has been taking place since before the once popular American-made Zenith television became a historical reference of our electronic revolution -- a market share battle that pushed them to begin manufacturing televisions in Mexico in 1985.

How can we change the momentum?

In October of 2009, the Fillmore County Journal hired a new designer versed in website development along with graphic design. Since we began the subtle adventure of launching SMG Web Design, we have been amazed at how many businesses have taken an interest in launching a website with our company.

We did go into it equipped with a great deal of research, understanding th .....
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If I were a Republican

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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If I were a Republican, I would be kicking walls and weeping.

When did the Grand Old Party give up on the voices of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Al Quie and Arnie Carlson and start singing along with the shrill cry of the nut bars on the far ..... 
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The definition of liberal

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Commentary

First, thanks John Goucher for your great article "Bigger is Not Always Better." Second, thank you Jerry Grehl for your letter to the editor, as well. Contrasting the two articles illustrates very clearly how out of touch with reality liberals are. ..... 
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One Moment Please - It could have been a lot worse

Fri, May 21st, 2010
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On Wednesday, May 19, following my daughter's pre-school graduation ceremony at the Fillmore Central Elementary School gymnasium, I journeyed back to the office for a mo ..... 
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You're Angry? Fine. But channel it constructively

Fri, May 14th, 2010
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Everywhere you turn these days, you find someone insisting that Americans are fed up. They're angry at the White House, or at the government in general, or at politicians as a breed.

The fiery rallies and other signs of bubbling discontent s ..... 
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A moral duty

Fri, May 14th, 2010
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In John, chapter 21, Jesus directs Peter (and all his followers) to "feed his sheep/lambs." We are very good at feeding ourselves; we super-size already outsized meals and throw away tons of uneaten, perfectly good food each day. If your refrigerato ..... 
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Getting Your Priorities in Order

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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During this uplifting time with the eruption of spring and the vibrant new life that reliably comes with it, we can still look back and appreciate the past. Some of those structures that are in the winter of ..... 
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One Moment Please - 'Pay it forward' in Fillmore County could travel

Fri, May 7th, 2010
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The mother of a teenager walked into the Fillmore County Journal office on Monday, May 3, to place a "Thank You" line ad in recognition of a random act of kindness. The ..... 
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Senior Health reform

Fri, Apr 30th, 2010
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"A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is trying to put its pants on,"  Mark Twain.

Pundits and politicians are publicly decrying the vitriol and violent speech surrounding politics and especially the recently passed ..... 
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