Re "I'm not going ga-ga over the state's lack of kids" (Viewpoints, Sept. 5): It's a good bet that Californians stuck in traffic jams or complaining about their overcrowded, underperforming schools do not share the concerns of Joe Mathews over the "shortage of children" in the state.
In a column on California's population, the author somehow forgot to mention what the population is. For those who think numbers matter, the state's population has increased by 10 million over the past quarter-century to 38 million. We have added the equivalent of two or three small countries to our state over that period.
The results are all too apparent: ugly urban sprawl, overburdened infrastructure, loss of open space and eight of the ten most air-polluted cities in the country. It's also a good bet that California's 157 endangered or threatened species are not joining in Mathews' call for more growth in the human population.
-- Jo Wideman, Santa Barbara, executive director, Californians for Population Stabilization