The Deseret Morning News says that the earth art "Spiral Jetty" in our Great Salt Lake is going to be defaced on its "canvas" by the plans of a nearby oil derrick (Feb. 17). Further, the editorial says it would show a state "choosing greed over things of the spirit." Oh please, drop the dribble and lefty babblings. Some would find that the artist himself, Robert Smithson, defaced the natural wonder of our state — the Great Salt Lake — when he created his work in 1970!

The oil derrick should not be a problem. It is 32 city blocks away. That's hardly going to taint the landscape view. Besides, isn't it exciting that the desert can produce something more useful than hundreds of square miles of lifeless mud and salts flats?

D. P. Wood