January 3

The Dec. 31 front-page report “U.S. population growth remains sluggish after the recession” was unbalanced, suggesting that sluggish growth rates are bad news by focusing exclusively on short-term economics.

The article ignored the Malthusian argument that an ever-growing population is unsustainable on a finite planet and exacerbates global environmental problems. From that perspective, we should greet reports of declining population growth rates as encouraging news.

Bruce Grant, Charlottesville