I found myself wondering why you would waste your time reading these lines. There is only one reason for that: trust. The trust that I have been working very hard to build with you while writing this column every other week. Because after all, who am I? Where am I? What am I doing writing the column? Where am I going? I picked up the paper last week and started reading. I remember my first reaction was to put it down, but the fundamental question remains. The truth must come out.
I am sorry to see that Roger Butow was dissatisfied with my "The ocean begins at your front door" column [Aug. 13]. I cannot understand why he missed the first line: "The city of Laguna Beach early this summer mailed a message about changes in lawn watering and a request for help." That is the basic resource for that column. If you open the environmental page on the city website, "The ocean begins at your front door" is at the very top. End of the story. Or Google the phrase to see how many results come up. I did not portray myself as an originator or author of the phrase. Why should I?