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.
January 29, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.