Population growth and immigration

Published on September 11th, 2008

Re: "An ugly way to rough up the pope," Opinion, April 23.
Los Angeles Times

Columnist Tim Rutten is right that the immigration debate sometimes turns ugly, but he ignores his own culpability as he attacks opposing commentators who want to enforce immigration laws. Why not address real issues, such as immigration’s overwhelming contribution to California’s population growth?

News articles frequently cover problems caused by overpopulation, yet The Times refuses to recognize the word is politically correct.

Instead, people who connect the dots are labeled as xenophobes or racists. While the political winds shift toward reducing immigration, these people are now labeled demagogues by strident columnists who cannot believe that decent citizens want to reduce today’s unprecedented immigration numbers.

How about offering more light and less heat on serious public issues, instead of diving into the gutter where you claim your opponents live?

Kenneth Pasternack, CAPS Advisory Board Member
Santa Barbara

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