In regard to Mr.McNulty’s rambling diatribe against my Aug. 13 story on population growth (Examiner, Aug. 25), it is quite obvious that he did not understand what I wrote.  If he had, he would have discovered that on several parts of this very complex issue we have similar views. 

To the Editor:

In regard to Mr.McNulty’s rambling diatribe against my Aug. 13 story on population growth (Examiner, Aug. 25), it is quite obvious that he did not understand what I wrote.  If he had, he would have discovered that on several parts of this very complex issue we have similar views.  

However, I hit a hot button when I made a passing reference to the Bush Administration’s failure to support numerous international efforts to teach family planning in the developing world based on the Administration’s almost hysterical fear that someone might inadvertently mention the word “abortion.”

This set Mr. McNulty off on a raging personal tirade about my lack of proper research, etc.  Actually, precise figures on some aspects of the population and immigration question are simply not available, but the figures I used are widely supported by most experts in the field.

The same cannot be said about several of Mr. McNulty’s statements such as “land and food are not finite resources, and neither is oil …”   

The point that I, and presumable Mr. McNulty, wish to make is that we all need to become better informed about the facts (and folly) concerning population and immigration issues.