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Joe Guzzardi: Those against overpopulation could learn from LGBTQ lobby

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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00 am

Recently, GAYLA completed its annual three-day training in Sacramento for its youth spokespersons, which culminated in Queer Youth Advocacy Day demonstrations held at the state capitol.

Efforts to end alleged bullying against gays, install transgender bathrooms, overcome what’s described as discrimination and allow gay marriage make headlines not only in California but nationwide.

From afar, I’m watching California address LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) issues with amazement. I applaud whomever is responsible for the public relations campaign that has, within only a few years, vaulted the LGBTQ agenda into the spotlight.

Because I’ve been unsuccessfully promoting an issue for nearly 30 years that will lower the quality of life for every Californian, their children and their grandchildren — overpopulation — I envy the LGBTQ lobbying triumphs. Environmental groups that promote sensible growth have had less success in drawing attention to population and made even less progress at promoting activism than pro-LGBTQ organizations.

Most Californians oppose bullying and discrimination in all its forms. But it’s safe to say that LGBTQ issues have less direct effect on most Californians than relentless annual population increases. Every time a Californian gets into his car, he pays the price for the more-than-doubling of the states population since 1970, to its current 38 million.

According to the annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard, California has three of the top 10 most congested roads. Ranked by the numbers of hours lost sitting unproductively in traffic, the cities are: No. 1, Los Angeles, 64 hours; No. 3, San Francisco, 56 hours; and No. 7, San Jose, 35 hours. Nationwide, traffic is growing at three times the GDP rate.

Last year, California’s population continued its steady growth. The state added 1,000 residents daily. A California Department of Finance study found that every county in Southern California grew. Los Angeles County topped the 10-million mark following 0.8 percent growth, and the city of Los Angeles approached 4 million people after growing by more than 38,000 people, or a full percentage point. Statewide, three of the five fastest-growing counties are in the Bay Area: Santa Clara County grew the fastest at 1.5 percent, followed closely by Alameda. Santa Clara County includes San Jose, the state’s third-largest city, which topped 1 million residents for the first time. By 2060, the San Joaquin Valley will add 3 million more residents, doubling from 3.1 to 6.2 million.

To accommodate the growth, developers built 59,426 new housing units in 2013, compared with 45,367 units in 2012, a 31-percent increase that created wider urban sprawl. More housing units are planned.

Traffic and housing are only a small part of the overpopulation challenge. According to a new Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit NumbersUSA report titled “Vanishing Open Spaces,” California has been plagued by over-sprawl, defined as a combination of population increases and per-capita land consumption.

Excessive population growth isn’t limited to California, of course. And if Census Bureau estimates don’t frighten you, then you can’t be scared. The Census Bureau projects that from today’s 318 million, U.S. population will hit 459 million by 2050, a 33-percent increase.

The obvious solutions shouldn’t be difficult, but are probably be too much to hope for. Eliminate the child tax credit and replace it with a credit for having fewer children. Develop a sensible federal immigration policy that reflect U.S. population limits.

Reports from the Census Bureau, the California Department of Finance and the California Department of Public Health revealed that from 2000 to 2010, 2.6 million immigrants moved to California and gave birth to 2.5 million children, a total of 5.1 million new residents within 10 years from immigration alone.

The current population level and the unavoidable sprawl that inevitably comes with it isn’t sustainable and should be fearlessly addressed in political campaigns at the federal, state and municipal level.

Joe Guzzardi lives in population-stable Pittsburgh, PA. Contact him at guzzjoe@yahoo.com.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:33 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Seriously? CBN? The same news network that reported that Hurricane Katrina was the result of allowing homosexuals equal rights?

    Pat Robertson - homosexuals "have acquired it," and can "un-acquire it?"

    "Homosexuals are not "gay," - they are not "gay and happy. It's a misnomer."

    "They don't care about how much they destroy." "Wake up to the game that is being played" by homosexuals.

    "It's demonic possession." - Pat Robertson 2012


  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:27 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1601

    Exactly my point why would Joe condemn California when his own state has at least the same population problems could it be the amount of a certain type of individual is what bothers Joe? From Joe's previous letters I would say that's a no brainer.
    Again my beef is not with Joe he obviously doesn't like immigrants I would use a different term to describe him but I have found that our local paper protects Joe through censorship and while there is plenty of name calling in this forum Joe seems to have a special protection from the LNS. It seems he is welcome to use the paper as a tool to vent about our fair city but any negative personal remarks in response will be swiftly deleted and that is where I have a problem I just can't figure why he is allowed and I assume paid by the LNS for his negative opinions of Lodi and California and as of yet I have not been offered any reasoning from the LNS staff although they have responded to many other questions in the past it appears Joe is off limits and unexplained.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:54 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    High School Girls Bullied By Transgender Male Student, School Threatens Them With Hate Crime Charges If They Complain…

    Mind numbing.

    Via CBN News:

    The push for radical transgender rights in schools is trumping privacy rights at one Colorado high school.

    A male student at Florence High School who claims to be a transgender has been harrassing girls in the bathroom. When parents complained, school officials said the boy’s rights as a transgender trumped their daughters’ privacy rights.

    As the controversy grew, some students were threatened with being kicked off athletic teams or charged with hate crimes if they continued to voice concerns.

    The Pacific Justice Institute sent the school a letter warning against squelching privacy rights.

    “We’re not going to stand by and let 99.7 percent of our students lose their privacy and free speech rights just because .3 percent of the population are gender-confused,” the PJI wrote.

    - See more at: http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2013/10/high-school-girls-bullied-by-transgender-male-student-school-threatens-them-with-hate-crime-charges-if-they-complain.html#sthash.K3AfmdC3.dpuf

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:42 am on Fri, May 9, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1601

    Mostly by homophobes

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:11 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    Mr. Barrow stated:

    By pointing out overcrowding in one state and completely ignoring it in another it is Joe and not myself who is minimizing the effects of overcrowding and yes it does make him look foolish.

    -Eric Eric Eric,

    Joe did mention excessive population in the U.S. But his primary focus is on Calif.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 1:00 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Hardly "telling tales" Bobin...
    AB 1266 is often referred to as the co-ed bathroom bill.[sleeping]

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:57 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1601

    By pointing out overcrowding in one state and completely ignoring it in another it is Joe and not myself who is minimizing the effects of overcrowding and yes it does make him look foolish. I on the other hand pointed to overcrowding in Joe's state as well as other states.
    To your second point, there are many columnist that I don't agree with and I don't call for them to be eliminated (except Wade but come on you can't blame a guy for wanting to get rid of him). It is only Joe that I call out for continuously bad mouthing Lodi and California not because I don't like him but because he doesn't live here. I consider that civic pride, you should get some sometime.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:09 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865


    Immigration Reform Would Lift Immigrant Families Out of Poverty, Benefit Nation

    A clip:

    By Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, MSpS

    In 1986, Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), the last law in this country that provided legal status and citizenship to undocumented immigrants. Although decried by some as a failure, a positive side-effect of the law was the impact it had on wages and upward economic mobility of immigrant workers.

    To explain, the wages for undocumented workers who gained legal status under IRCA increased 15 percent in the five years after it was enacted. Why? Because these newly legalized workers were better able to assert their rights in the workplace, all employers were forced to play by the same rules and pay them a competitive wage.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:55 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    What I find so interesting is many of those who are proponents of immigration reform are Hispanic or another minority. But this is not something the M. Doyles or the Joanne Bobbins want to discuss because it blows a big hole in their theory it's the White Man who will do everything they can to keep those Brown Skins out of America.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:44 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    "..Milwaukee radicals again set to celebrate illegal immigration, disrespect American sovereignty

    By Dave Gorak, 04/30/2014
    If it's May Day in Milwaukee, then it must be time for another pro-amnesty march to remind residents that groups like Voces de la Frontera have no respect for the rule of law, American sovereignty and certainly not for the plight of jobless American workers whose search for a better life is made more difficult by illegal immigration.

    Voces de la Frontera says it's in the business of "defending immigrant and low-wage worker rights," so the obvious question is why, when Latino unemployment and poverty rates are the second highest in the nation, does it support amnesty that would give work permits to 12 million illegal aliens and double annual legal immigration to 2 million people? How would either benefit jobless Latinos here legally? Why isn't Voces demanding and end to high immigration levels that continue to depress wages for everyone?

    Journalists should be asking Voces Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz why she prefers to complain about what she says is "racial profiling" instead of protecting the real victims of our shameful immigration policy: native-born workers and legal immigrants. Ask her, too, why what she calls "comprehensive" immigration reform doesn't explain how it would affect 20 million Americans of every race and ethnic background who can't find full-time work.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:38 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    "...in this country, it's phony to say, 'I'm for the environment but not for limiting immigration.' It's just a fact that we can't take all the people who want to come here. And you don't have to be a racist to realize that."
    - Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:37 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    It's not a political game. People are being hurt and being destroyed with the complicity of the federal government."
    - Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers union and a vigorous opponent of illegal immigration, in an April 1979 speech to the National Press Club.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:36 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    The Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration (MCRI) was founded in 1995 as a non-partisan, non-profit immigration reduction organization. MCRI's primary goal is to educate Americans about the need to restore sanity to our legal and illegal immigration policies that should benefit the entire United States rather than only certain special interest groups. MCRI supports immigration reform legislation that strives to reduce legal immigration to its traditional levels of about 250,000 people annually and insists on strict enforcement of our laws on illegal immigration, including deporting those who have no right to be here.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:30 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    In the grand scheme of things, who ever or what ever started this whole Transgender craze has created a culture of people who are going to live their lives in this perpetual state of confusion. The vast majority of society sees it as a terrible burden inflicted on this group of people. However small they are in numbers, they are still human. I suppose if I were to think about it long enough I could find some reasons why I may be a transgender. Just like if I were to think about it long enough I could find some reasons why I may be from the planet Mars.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:37 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


  • M. Doyle posted at 2:47 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 185

    California AB 1266 does not create separate transgender public bathrooms. Mr. Guzzardi almost certainly knows this, but uses the probable ignorance of his readers to play on their fears. His misinformation promotes prejudice against a group of young people who are misunderstood and frequently victimized.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:22 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Liebich - you are telling tales again. AB 1266 is NOT the "coed bathroom bill."

    AB 1266, among other provisions, allows transgender students to use the bathroom facilities of the gender with which they identify.

    I think we have had "coed bathrooms" in California and the US for decades. You'll find one at Tillie's Coffee Shop and other businesses around Lodi.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:18 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    M. Doyle - it is best not to engage in debate with Dave Gorak - a Joe Guzzardi compatriot who hales from WISCONSIN and runs the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration.

    He will probably get frustrated with your reasoned answers and resort to DEFAMATION as he did with me many months ago as this quote attests:

    "The only conclusion that I am able to draw from Ms. Bobin's remarks is that she is decidedly anti-American worker and shares with her illegal alien friends the same disrespect for the law."

    I really don't understand WHY the LNS allowed this comment to stand when he is CLEARLY making up LIES about me by calling me "anti-American worker" and claiming that I have "illegal alien friends."

    But those are Gorak's tactics - and he feels especially empowered to use them on women.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:04 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    Mr. Barrow,

    You're perfectly entitled to offer up a different definition of overcrowding. But it is foolish on your part to minimize the effects of overcrowding WHERE people live in cities whether it be in CA or PA. AND, just because you don't like Joe Guzzardi isn't enough of a reason to eliminate him from the LNS.

  • M. Doyle posted at 6:49 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 185

    Mr. Guzzardi has a long history of vilifying immigrants on the pages of this newspaper. I accessed the Pew study I believe you are referring to and you are mischaracterizing the obviously outdated results. That study was conducted in 2008 with data gathered almost ten years ago when immigration was much, much higher. Furthermore, it was a projection fifty years into the future, counting several generations of decedents at those inflated rates, not current population growth. Immigration has slowed considerably since then, at a current net zero from Mexico. Study after study shows U.S. population growth in steady decline, spurred by an aging population, a decline in immigration, and lower fertility rates. The UN reports that the world wide population explosion is over, with populations stabilizing now and expected to drop in the future.

    Nevertheless, If you are so worried about overpopulation, you ought to be paying attention to fertility rates. Factors contributing to high fertility rates include religious affiliation, poor access to birth control and women's health services, low educational attainment of women, and poverty. For a number of reasons linked to religion, states like Utah (Mormons) and throughout the south (evangelicals) have much higher birthrates than the rest of the country. As well, immigrants from Catholic traditions have high birthrates as well. So, if you are serious about reducing population growth, you are going to have to embrace a number of progressive causes. Women with reasonable educational opportunities, healthcare, economic stability, and a secular orientation have few children.

    Finally, I don't see anywhere in my posts where I supported your hyperbolic claim of "sky's the limit" immigration.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 3:50 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    The “coed bathroom bill,” California AB 1266, was signed into law in 2013.

  • Christina Welch posted at 1:39 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    I know the ACLU, the California State PTA, and the California Teachers Association all supported AB 1266. I don't think they are LGBT groups...

  • Eric Barrow posted at 11:27 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1601

    It's not a matter of me disagreeing, population numbers are facts and Joe's argument that California is overcrowded may be his opinion but the numbers speak for themselves and Joe's stomping grounds are just as crowded. This leaves me to wonder why he complains about this great state and not his state. I also don't understand why he would be a regular commentator in our local paper when he complains so bitterly about this state and chose not to live here? If one of the locals wants to bad mouth my city well that's fair but when somebody from Illinois does it yes I do have a problem with that. Surely the LNS can find commentators that actually have an interest in our town.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:40 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    Mr. Barrow,

    So you're saying Joe Guzzardi or anyone else should not present facts that you disagree with?

  • M. Doyle posted at 5:30 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 185

    No one, not the LGBT community, not the straight community, has suggested a need for transgender bathrooms, as far as I am aware. Mr. Guzzardi is spreading misinformation.

  • Dave Gorak posted at 5:16 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Dave Gorak Posts: 3

    How does advocating for reduced immigration levels fall into the category of vilification? You say that overpopulation is a valid concern and suggest reducing the birth rate as a solution. That's fine, but when immigrants and the births of their children represent 82 percent of our population growth, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, it seems to me that we ought to sharply reduce legal immigration to a more manageable level. Permit me to lay out a little history. During the first 200 years of the nation's history, we averaged about 250,000 immigrants annually. But thanks to the pandering of both political parties and a gutless government that refused to enforce laws created to protect the public and their jobs, that number has grown to 1.2 million a year beginning in 1990. If the Senate amnesty bill passed last June becomes law, it would not only give work permits to 12 million illegal aliens but double LEGAL immigration. When all is said and done, you're looking at 33 million more foreign workers added to our already bloated labor pool in just the first 10 years. Don't preach about reduced birth rates when you apparently support the insane and irresponsible idea that the sky's the limit when it comes to admitting immigrants to a country whose ability to sustain such growth becomes less efficient with each passing day. FYI: Census projects a 2100 population of 625 million people. Good luck to those poor fools living tomorrow whose ancestors missed numerous opportunities to rein in what many mistakenly believed was "inevitable" population growth.[sad]

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:56 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1601

    Very well said M. Doyle but maligning groups is what Joe does best that and for some reason Joe feels a need to trash California I suspect it's to sooth his loss after leaving. The reality is that California is 11th in the country for people per square mile followed by Joe's own Illinois at 12th with only 8 people less per square mile and the other 10 states with more people per square are all East Coast states in Joe's neighborhood. What you have to understand about Joe is that it's not the number of people that bothers him but the type of people. What I have asked repeatedly and have yet to get an answer is why in the world the LNS prints his column that continuously bad mouths Lodi along with California. Some sort of self-hatred I suppose but I think the good people of Lodi deserve better

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:54 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    M. Doyle,

    You have chosen to use your own untenable strategy to promote your cause. With your relentless vilifying of anyone who would dare question or present facts indicatve of what motivates the LGBT. Even the LGBT community wouldn't deny what motivates them. What part of "this is foolish on your part" don't you understand?

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:48 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2865

    M. Doyle,

    If it's not the LGBT community pushing for transgender bathrooms then give us some examples why the heterosexual community (who have no use for transgender bathrooms) are pushing for it? It's rather curious you mention the LGBT community has been successful in inching towards equal rights because brave individuals within the community began coming out of the closet. Yet you're sure these brave individuals AND the not so brave have nothing to do with pushing for transgender bathrooms even though this is one of their expressions of equal rights.

  • Walter Chang posted at 8:24 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

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    J. Guzzardi: 0

    M. Doyle: 2


  • M. Doyle posted at 7:16 pm on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 185

    Furthermore, Joe, the misinformation and word choice you are proffering in reference to the LGBT community is another indicator of your disdain for minority groups. "Alleged bullying" infers that mistreatment of this group is unproven. "What's described as discrimination" sounds as if you would not describe it as such. And then you misinform your readers by stating that the LGBT community is pushing transgender public bathrooms, which is untrue. It's clear your words are targeted at the ignorant in another effort to stir up outrage. With your disingenuous praise, you have skillfully maligned two minority groups in one letter.

  • M. Doyle posted at 8:31 am on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    M Doyle Posts: 185

    Let me help you with your confusion, Mr. Guzzardi, and explain your lack of success. The LGBT community has been successful in inching towards equal rights because brave individuals within the community began coming out of the closet. Very quickly, the LGBT cause had a face, many faces, and those were the faces of people we all knew, respected, and maybe even loved--our family members, our neighbors, our coworkers, our friends. Anyone with even an ounce of empathy will protect and promote the civil rights of those close to them.

    You have chosen to use an untenable strategy to promote your cause. With your relentless vilifying of immigrants, you are attacking people we know, respect, and in many cases love: our family members, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Our natural inclination is to protect them and look at people like you as stirring the pot of racial hatred.

    Chose a new tactic, Mr. Guzzardi. Overpopulation is a valid concern. Instead of demonizing immigrants, a call to work together to reduce the birthrate might have been more effective from the start. Now, you have to undo the racially charged ill will you have stirred up before anyone will listen. Most of us are skeptical of your stated true cause.


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