RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Many current U.S. technology workers and college graduates are “simply unfit” for a Web 2.0 world.

So writes a reader from Silicon Valley about The Skinny’s rant last week against technology companies who continue to lobby for more imported workers.

“My basic point is most people already employed in the tech sector are simply unfit to work in the current field,” he wrote.

“One of the fundamental things that is different in the tech sector than any other field is that the more experienced you get the more expendable you are,” he added. “Having 10 years of experience is a specific skill makes you more vulnerable than someone who just graduated. That’s just the nature of the industry.

“Re-training someone is close to impossible. Many times newer techniques are in direct conflict with older methods and in many cases you entire skill set is rendered useless overnight. Your 10 years of experience simply goes up in smoke.”

I don’t agree with the writer’s opinion that tech workers aren’t re-trainable. I can site myself as an example. I’m AARP age and I’ve learned more about Web 2.0 and online publishing over the past two years to make my head spin.

One of The Skinny’s points in that H-1B Visa post was that U.S. companies needed to stop lobbying for more foreign workers and focus on the U.S. workforce for training.

Other writers agreed.

“How dare you even think big US corporations should hire American workers,” wrote one person. “You are slanderous.”

Added another: “It amazes me that Washington has no regard for Americans that elect them. The corporate greed in this country is exceptional.

“In his next life, Bill Gates should have to live in a slum in Delhi.

“Thank God, I am retired. I worked in the Triangle for 30 years.

“When these companies got the change to start sending the work abroad, it was a blood bath. Now, I guess instead of sending work abroad, we are importing the people.”

One reader posed a question:

“Just a note to say that I agree with you regarding outsourcing laborers and want to know what can we (as Americans) do about what’s going on in our country?

“Where do we start?”

First, we need to let Congress know that enough’s enough – let’s work on upgrading skill sets for U.S. workers.

Second, money speaks louder than words. Stop buying products that are based on work that has been outsourced or off-shored.

Corporate America will respond only when people insist enough is enough.

Third, prove that we are re-trainable for a Web 2.0 world. If an old geezer like me can learn enough to use Web 2.0 tools, anybody can.