Congratulations to the Juneau Empire for publishing John Flicker's far-sighted June 14 commentary. Flicker correctly emphasizes the far-reaching tragedies resulting from human overpopulation. He stresses the need for fully funded international family planning assistance. Flicker's article goes directly to the underlying cause of many of the world's problems. His 20 inches of column space may be some of the most socially and environmentally relevant words we'll read in the newspaper all year. Let's encourage Alaska's congressional delegation to support the family planning assistance that Flicker so aptly recognizes the urgent need for.