Richard Grossman

Position: Population Matters!


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Look where we need family planning the most

“As we crawled through the city, we encountered a crowded slum area. The temperature was well over 100, and the air was a haze of dust and smoke. The streets seemed alive with people. People...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Be careful when walking at night downtown

This month’s column has almost nothing to do with human population. It details an event that was life-changing for me, and could have been life-ending. However, getting bumped off by a careless...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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Let her decide if or when she wants to have children

“Father slapped his hand on the table. ‘If Sarah was a boy, she would be the greatest jurist in South Carolina!’” This quote is from Sue Monk Kidd’s popular novel, The Invention of Wings. It is...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Practice the fine art of speaking truth to power

While watching the presidential election returns in November and disbelieving the results, this poem kept going through my head: “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry (Used...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Stay up with international family-planning efforts

Although reproductive rights may be in jeopardy in this country, there is reason for optimism both here and abroad. India has the world’s second largest population – about a billion and a third...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Schools one way to give children every advantage

New parents hope that their children will be perfect. Unfortunately, there is often disappointment when reality sets in. We have always cared about the welfare of our children, but now each child...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2016 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Voting is a good way to shape the world you want

We have the opportunity to vote, and thus help shape our world – both nationally and locally. Please vote, even if you don’t follow my suggestions! Most politicians have personality traits that set...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Studies: Keeping abortion legal, safe aids women

Many years ago I worked for three weeks in Swaziland, South Africa. A memory still haunts me.Most mornings we saw one or two young women through the emergency ward. Almost all of these women were...

DATE: March 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Recognize the tragedy of demographic entrapment

Last month’s column was about the “tragedy of the commons” – when people use more than their share of a common resource, leading to the resource’s destruction. An example is overgrazed fields,...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Greek fishermen exemplify ‘tragedy of the commons’

“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.”– Great Law of the Iroquois“They know that they shouldn’t fish closer than 500 meters from the coast, but I’ve seen...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Saying goodbye to obstetrics, but with a lot left to do

I helped with the birth of my last baby here in Durango in November. He is a healthy boy who weighed just under seven pounds.More than 35 years ago, we chose Durango as the best place to raise our...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Halloween will see 7 billionth human on planet

How will this Halloween be different from any other Halloween? A singular event will happen this Oct. 31.That is the day demographers predict a very special baby will be born: the Earth’s 7...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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