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Letter: It's easy to further our overpopulation problem

To the Editor:

Why are people from Mexico and others from “South of the U.S.A.” trying to get into Texas to find new homes and jobs? My guess is overpopulation.

We know “The Donald” (our present POTUS) wants to build a wall to stop the overflow. Maybe we can slow down the immigration problem of the future by asking the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church to change “the rules.” The church does not want any birth-control methods allowed in those predominantly Catholic countries.

If we take a look at history, we can see why we have an over-population problem now. More than 2,000 years ago, Mom and Dad rarely lived past the age of 50. The average family was six children. But, two would die as infants, two more would die before puberty. And that left two to replace Mom and Dad.

Now we have those guys in the white coats saving us from all kinds of medical problems. I’m a perfect example. Shortly after marriage, I had a burst appendix. My wife was pregnant with our first baby. A doctor drove me to a hospital where my life was saved. We had two girls, about two years apart and decided no more babies. My wife was Catholic, and I had agreed not to use birth control, but she said no more. Now here is the good (or bad) part: Our oldest daughter got married and had six girls. Our younger daughter married and had three children – two girls and one boy. My wife passed away five years ago. I am now 91 years old.

Now it’s time to hold your breath.

I have 30 great-grandchildren! Fortunately, we are all here and do not have to become immigrants. I find it hard to believe that I’m partially responsible for our population explosion. I think you can now see how easy it is to cause overpopulation.

Tell the Pope to allow birth control for all those South Americans, and try to keep overpopulation from causing that big problem down in Texas.

Ken Van Horn

DeKalb

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