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Comments by kcpaster

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Posted on October 24 at 4:03 p.m.

This article goes off the rails in the last two paragraphs. Americans are already following her suggestion to have small families; I don't know why many journalists are unaware of this.

Americans ended the Baby Boom way back in 1964. Since then American couples have averaged about 1.9 children, what demographers call a "below-replacement fertility rate." The only reason the nation's (and California's) population are growing is that Congress has more than quadrupled immigration since the 1960's.

Since today's population growth is imported rather than internal, the South Coast can end future population pressure by insisting that Lois Capps and other Washington politicians reduce immigration. That is the answer, rather than reducing our family size - which we have already accomplished. (Readers, give yourselves a pat on the back!)

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