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Letter: We must caution world against overcrowding

February 5, 2013

We must caution world against overcrowding



Thomas Lucente (Feb. 3) made several points for easier immigration. However, I don’t see any mention, in this or similar pleas, of a crucial counter-point, namely the finiteness of the United States of America and the whole Earth. Surely we already notice the increasing traffic jams and crowding in various schools, hospitals and so on. Without enough funding now, we’re forcing our and the immigrants’ grandchildren to pay for remedies, with interest.



We used to have enough space for more of us, but now we have depleted or polluted, or both, our water, air, farmland and minerals, and we speed up the extinction of other species as well as global warming with its resulting disasters. This, in truth, is neither conservative nor liberal.



A friend publicly reminds us of the biblical call for compassion for strangers, but how about the biblical call for good stewardship? He asks how it matters whether others stay abroad or come here. Well, those others come here, quite understandably, for a higher standard of living, and that means more consumption regardless of limits.



Yes, we should ask receiving countries for compassion, but even more now we should ask the source countries for the wisdom and compassion to change their customs and laws toward limiting their overgrowth and helping to solve their own problems.



Friends who claim to be peace-minded must acknowledge that crowding has caused, is causing, and will cause more wars.



— Ronald Rich, Bluffton