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Winter Park " Overpopulation at root of development issues

To the Editor:

I found the Opinion piece by Wilkinson (“Where do you draw the line?, Monday, Jan. 14) at least frustrating.

He itemized acts of civil disobedience ranging from tree spiking, grandmothers prone before bulldozers to horn honking ” all obviously pointed at development of open lands. He ended with the question, “Where do you draw the line?”

It is so typical of green leftists to avoid definition of the root cause of a problem and to avoid any thought about a real solution. Isn’t development for people a symptom of overpopulation of the earth? Can it be anything else but too many people?

Isn’t illegal immigration the indirect result of too many people in Central and South America? Now before you jump to the conclusion that I think renewed use of gas chambers is the solution, let me assure you it is not.

Recognition of the root cause of the problem is the first step toward solution of the problem. Until people realize that development is a result of growing populations, there will be no “drawing the line.”

In other parts of the world, overpopulation breeds poverty, which breeds wars, communism and socialism. Overpopulation here is pushing us toward socialism.

I would submit that a new president should make their first trip oversees to the Vatican. Someone with the bully pulpit needs to start a debate about overpopulating the earth.

It is high time that the great religions of the world (Catholicism in Central and South America) recognized that we have, in fact, already gone forth and populated the earth ” enough already. The first child or two of married people should be celebrated and more children discouraged, as opposed to a prior pope who held private meetings to celebrate with mothers who had more than 10 children.

Educated peoples tend to have fewer children than the uneducated. Our energies and aid should thus be pointed at educating the poor of the world ” and pointedly discouraging more than two children ” rather than laying down in front of a bulldozer.

Frank Watts

Winter Park


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