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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1998
China has a one-child policy. If you don't know why--it's overpopulation, stupid. Iran policy dictates couples applying for a marriage license must first complete a family planning and parenting class. If you don't know why--it's overpopulation, stupid. Thailand has a two-children policy and you pay more taxes if you produce a third child. If you don't know why--it's overpopulation, stupid. It would appear some of our less-stupids are now recommending health providers dispense contraceptives free of charge.
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OPINION
September 25, 2013
Re "Why ingenuity alone won't save us," Opinion, Sept. 22 Human population growth threatens every culture, every religion and every living thing on Earth. It is a problem that will not yield to the usual approaches to big challenges; neither a massive engineering project nor a vast public awareness campaign will have a significant impact. Fortunately, there is one thing that would work, but it is often a threat to the established order: educating women. Women who can read and write have fewer children than those who can't.
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OPINION
September 25, 2013
Re "Why ingenuity alone won't save us," Opinion, Sept. 22 Human population growth threatens every culture, every religion and every living thing on Earth. It is a problem that will not yield to the usual approaches to big challenges; neither a massive engineering project nor a vast public awareness campaign will have a significant impact. Fortunately, there is one thing that would work, but it is often a threat to the established order: educating women. Women who can read and write have fewer children than those who can't.
OPINION
September 22, 2013 | By Alan Weisman
It's easy to grasp that in a national park, balance must be maintained between predators and prey, lest the ecosystem crash. But when we're talking about our own species, it gets harder. The notion that there are limits to how much humanity this parkland called Earth can bear doesn't sit easy with us. The "nature" part of human nature includes making more copies of ourselves, to ensure our genetic and cultural survival. As that instinct comes in handy for building mighty nations and dominant religions, we've set about filling the Earth, rarely worrying that it might one day overfill.
OPINION
December 6, 2012
Re "Bending the population curve," Opinion, Dec. 2 The world doesn't want to consider abortion as a method of family planning, but women worldwide do to the tune of about 40 million a year. Half of these are illegal and unsafe, resulting in millions of injuries and deaths, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Universal access to contraception would certainly reduce population pressures, but thanks to gender inequality and religion, women often don't have safe access to abortion and contraception.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1991
Zuckerman's observations on the problem of the unchecked population explosion hopefully will educate more people about the time bomb that has the potential to destroy, if not the human race, civilization as we know it today. What Zuckerman fails to point out is that the majority of the world's problems such as starvation, pollution, infant mortality and poverty are the direct result of too many humans vying for the Earth's limited resources. Religious fundamentalists tell us "God will take care of the problem of overpopulation."
OPINION
September 22, 2013 | By Alan Weisman
It's easy to grasp that in a national park, balance must be maintained between predators and prey, lest the ecosystem crash. But when we're talking about our own species, it gets harder. The notion that there are limits to how much humanity this parkland called Earth can bear doesn't sit easy with us. The "nature" part of human nature includes making more copies of ourselves, to ensure our genetic and cultural survival. As that instinct comes in handy for building mighty nations and dominant religions, we've set about filling the Earth, rarely worrying that it might one day overfill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1994
In "Third World Fodder for First World Greed" (Column Left, Aug. 11), Alexander Cockburn puts forth some remarkably flawed conclusions. He says that the population explosion is not to blame for the devastation of the Indonesian forest but that Japanese logging is the cause. Could it be that the lumber is being sold by the Japanese to build houses for exploding populations elsewhere? The soil depletion and water contamination in California's Central Valley is caused by over-farming, surely a result of the demand for food by an ever-increasing population.
OPINION
January 30, 2003
Re "U.S., Mexican Bishops Urge Bush to Resume Migration Negotiations," Jan. 25: I am more than a little tired of the Catholic Church blaming the U.S. for the problem that it created and is in the unique position to eliminate. The world, including Mexico, has limited resources. Overpopulation stretches these resources to the breaking point. When the pope forbade the use of birth control, he created the conditions of overpopulation, extreme poverty and desperation that forced mass illegal immigration to the U.S. If this pope were an honorable man, he would admit the mistake and allow the use of birth control.
OPINION
March 6, 2013
Re "Moral issue in population growth," March 2 Overpopulation raises a real moral problem in humanity's lack of respect for the wild animal. We have procreated at a rate that has raised the world's population to about 7 billion in a very short time. The increasing consumption of food and other resources worldwide by humans means that non-human species have lost too much of their habitat, and many now face extinction. Americans should support programs to limit population here and abroad, to decrease our consumption and to preserve wildlife habitat.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Since news broke over the weekend that a bipartisan group of senators was working on a plan to legalize the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and offer them a path to citizenship (but not without first paying financial penalties), and President Obama unveiled a similar proposal Tuesday promising some relief to immigrants while boosting border security and efforts to combat illegal hiring, readers have sent us more than two dozen letters on the topic. As is often the case with immigration reform, many of the letters take uncompromising yes-or-no positions on the concept itself, largely reflecting the debate in Washington up until this past weekend.
OPINION
December 6, 2012
Re "Bending the population curve," Opinion, Dec. 2 The world doesn't want to consider abortion as a method of family planning, but women worldwide do to the tune of about 40 million a year. Half of these are illegal and unsafe, resulting in millions of injuries and deaths, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Universal access to contraception would certainly reduce population pressures, but thanks to gender inequality and religion, women often don't have safe access to abortion and contraception.
OPINION
August 21, 2012
Re "No 14th Amendment asterisk," Editorial, Aug. 17 Leave it to the Times to understand the 14th Amendment's "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" citizenship clause as meaning anything other than that at least one of the parents must be a citizen of, or at least legally residing in, the United States. In United States vs. Wong Kim Ark, the Supreme Court decision in 1898 you refer to, Wong was the son of Chinese immigrants legally living in this country at the time of his birth, not of illegal immigrants.
OPINION
August 14, 2012
Re "Our overpopulated planet," Editorial, Aug. 10 It may be politic for The Times to assert that deciding one's family size "should not be subject to any form of coercion. " However, the overpopulation crisis has become so dire that we should at least discourage reproduction beyond replacement levels. We could, for example, eliminate tax deductions for a couple's children if they have three or more, disallow health insurance claims for fertility treatments after the first two children and limit government-funded financial assistance for college expenses to the first two children.
OPINION
August 10, 2012
At one point, the prevailing wisdom was that nations needed robust birthrates to protect their economic welfare, and that if only we could produce food more efficiently, feeding the Earth's burgeoning population wouldn't be a problem. Now, with 1 billion of the world's people chronically hungry and the population expected to increase by 50% before the end of the century, we know better. Or we ought to. A recent five-part series by Times reporter Kenneth R. Weiss detailed the multipronged dilemma facing the thinkers and global leaders whose aim is to reduce famine and sickness without devastating the world's finite resources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles city councilman has introduced a motion that could prohibit the sale and purchase of pets bred in puppy and kitten mills. Councilman Paul Koretz, who represents an area that includes West L.A., Hollywood and Encino, said he introduced the motion Friday to ease the city's pet overpopulation problem. Some pet stores purchase animals from puppy and kitten mills or large-scale breeding operations with unsanitary and overcrowded conditions and inbreeding. "By being customers, we perpetuate the problem," Koretz said.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2010 | Baltimore Sun
Police shot and killed a gunman after he took three people hostage Wednesday afternoon at the Discovery Channel's headquarters here, officials said. A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing said authorities had identified James J. Lee as the likely suspect. Lee, 43, who was upset with the channel over its programming, entered the building about 1 p.m., wielding a gun and wearing "explosive devices," and took a security guard and two other employees hostage, police said.
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