I was glad your Jan. 2 editorial on growth included acknowledgment that increases in population place stresses on our society and that, at the very least, our elected officials need to plan accordingly. However, I am concerned that your list of challenges and the examples of forward thinking are far too short to be effective. (See: “Texas’ rapid growth is good, but …”)
To the list of challenges presented by rapid population growth we must include: access to clean water, increased demand for limited health care resources and increasingly poor air quality.
While it is true that there have been some local attempts to accommodate the anticipated growth, there have been almost no serious attempts by our state leaders. In fact, many of their actions will increase the negative impacts of anticipated growth.
I appreciate the optimistic tone of the editorial. However, I think your readers would be better served by reality. If we continue to cheer for increases in population without taking the actions required to mitigate the negative effects, the people of Texas will, as you said, end up living in a place that will be a lot less desirable than it was when they got here.
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— Keith K. Annis, executive
director, Population Media Center, Texas Chapter,