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Dear Editor,

I would like to comment on outsourcing mentioned in the recent interview of Dr. Ispahani (“Ispahani reflects on 40 years,” May 14).
Honestly speaking I would prefer buying a U.S. product for $20 over a Chinese product of $10. Customers’ behavior towards a product depends on how they value it. In this economy people look for affordable and good quality products. In my country, India, we have banned Chinese products such as soft toys for lethal level of lead and mercury.

Companies outsource their manufacturing units and services for cheap labor but it is not necessary that they carry that benefit to customers. Labor is expensive in U.S due to high cost of living. For instance, in America it is very hard to live without a car, government should increase mass transit and people should start riding bicycle to go to nearby destination. This will not only be a good exercise but will reduce pollution, obesity and import of expensive fossil fuels.

Vinay Kudrigikar
Master’s of Health Administration Program

Dear Editor,

This Monday, May 17, was the 56th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education. I feel it is vital that we all, as a people, remember that wonderful day when we took a giant step as a nation toward being democracy, when centuries of slavery, bigotry and lies were given a symbolic slap in the face.

I am concerned that we may not have learned from our mistakes. I am extremely grateful for the progress that has been made in civil rights, but some recent events have been troubling: the racist policies regarding ethnic studies programs in the state of Arizona; the fact that we still have politicians and entire states supporting Confederate History Month; we have a major religion giving millions of dollars in support of another violation of civil rights in Proposition 8 and somehow managing to maintain their tax-exempt status; and the fact that I hear people questioning Elena Kagan as an appointee to the Supreme Court because, and I quote, “She might be gay.”

What happened to the idealism of our nation? Why are we still allowing bigotry to guide some of our political decisions? As a lifelong civil rights activist, I want nothing less than for us to become what we claim we already are: a democracy in which the people are created, and treated, as equals. We, the people, need to stand up and make our voices heard; as the saying goes, “The opposite of good is not evil, it is apathy.”

In the spirit of Rosa Parks, Emmitt Till, Medgar and Myrlie Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., peace and equality to us all.

Dan Kennan
Adjunct Professor of Sociology

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