An otherwise excellent article published in the Tribune ("Will Utah’s Baby Boom Ever Return?" June 5) states that the "blame" for the Utah’s declining birthrate may be attributed to an unhealthy economy.
The use of the word "blame" implies that a falling birth rate is undesirable. Given that Utah still has the highest birthrate in the nation (1.76 percent annually) and global overpopulation is the root cause of global climate change, I would have chosen to the word "credit," instead of "blame."
A falling birth rate is clearly a good thing and should not be lamented. A gradual and sustained reduction in the global human population is the only way to avoid economic, environmental, and social catastrophe as a result of climate change, pollution and dwindling natural resources.
Responsible individuals today should limit their family size to two children per couple and should delay childbearing until they are prepared to assume full economic and and social responsibility for their children.
Peter Swift Lenz
Salt Lake City
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