To the Editor:
In response to Jack Bennett’s April 30 letter “Human population a threat”:
Certainly, recent modern history has heard this mantra before. Hitler definitely did reduce population, “Uncle” Joe Stalin did the same, followed by Chairman Mao; Pol Pot and Rwanda employed similar population elimination. All followed the advice of Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, “… to reduce the surplus population”. Mr. Bennett might not appreciate such, but what, pray tell, are methods we could accept? The United States has effectively reduced the population by about 55 million from 1973 to 2011. If this method is acceptable to Mr. Bennett, why then did he not mention the same? Is he “… apparently afraid to even discuss” it?
By the way, it is always notable of population reducers that only others are volunteered.
Sad, although true.