Stem population growth to help Haiti

The View from Capitol Hill article "Tame the Elephants in Haiti," July 13, vividly describes the situation there. Sad to say, the author is absolutely right that it "has deteriorated from extreme poverty to a state of virtual famine in some parts of the country."

That being the case, it is amazing that he fails to mention the tragic overpopulation that is the root cause. Not only in Haiti, but in Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, India, and Mexico, our abused, battered soils can no longer support our burgeoning populations. World population is expected to double in a few short years. Neither healthy elephants nor humans can exist on worn-out soil. John M. Anderson, Abbeville, La.

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