Letters to the Editor

Letter: Dystopian future

In his July 22 commentary, Donald Mitchell suggests that abortion could have saved the lives of the victims at the Buffalo, New York supermarket, the Uvalde, Texas school and the Highland Park, Illinois parade — by preventing the creation of three mentally disturbed mass killers. A couple of responses disagreed with his message, expressing the idea that those born into a bad family life can still get it together and become OK, thus they should be given the chance.

While Mitchell’s focus was mass shootings, there are many other serious problems in our nation, as well as across the planet, resulting from our species’ actions, which could also be minimized if only qualified/certified/competent women were allowed to have children.

In high school English in the mid-1950s, I read George Orwell’s novel, “1984″ (published in 1949), and wondered if this vision of a future world was possible. Could we someday live with no freedom at all and most all our actions, including reproduction, be controlled by the government? Such a thought is abhorrent to most freedom-loving Americans, but if things continue as they’re presently going, with climate disruption, pollution, massive extinctions, overpopulation and societal malfunction, George Orwell’s future world may well be our only chance for survival as a species.

— Jim Lieb


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Jim Lieb

Jim Lieb is a retired Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game wildlife biologist who now writes both popular and scientific articles. He lives in Palmer.