I read with some interest Erik Olsson's tirade about water waste in yesterday's paper ("Water waste," Aug. 21). I was merely amused and puzzled until I saw that he lives in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Now I wonder about the Deseret News' agenda in publishing the opinion of someone from the artsy, upper crust town of Croton-on-Hudson in the state of New York.

Yeah, we use more water than the average. We live in a desert. I looked up Croton-on-Hudson on the Internet. They have grass and flowers and trees around their homes. Aren't they blessed to live where mother nature takes care of the watering? Olsson said Utahns use 295 gallons of water per person per day. He considers it wasteful that we also have lawns and gardens and trees around our homes.

I couldn't decide whether Erik hates Utahns, hates federal spending on the Lake Powell pipeline or simply hates that we desert dwellers want to live like the elite folks back east. If it's mostly about money, he shouldn't sweat it. One of Obama's vacations or foreign aid to Egypt could pay for it. My problems are that the federal government doesn't have any money, Lake Powell doesn't have any water and Erik Olsson doesn't have any standing.

George Hawkins