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Verde Laguna: Why I write this column

August 26, 2010|By Gustavo Grad

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?

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The "Verde Laguna" column is an attempt to build awareness about the challenges we are facing as a society due to the environmental crisis we are living today. It is about finding ways to work together, learn and grow, through the cultivation of sustainable solutions. It's not a beauty contest, or a literary competition. It is just a forum in our paper where you and I can discuss issues under the "sustainable" umbrella.

Should you believe, as I do, that the solution to many problems lies in good education, then you may agree that we have educated each other in this process of exchanging words now and then, myself doing research on many subjects, and you reading these lines. I have tried hard to make this interesting and for you to have a dialogue.

Would you be interested if, when writing about a subject such as runoff, I listed every single book I have on the shelves? Starting with the "National Management Measures to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution from Urban Areas" published by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2005, and continuing with all the Best Management Practices and many other publications professionals use when working on projects? It may be needed for a professional publication or papers on this subject, but is irrelevant for the general public. Along the way, in many of my columns, credit has been given to quotes from Einstein, David Suzuki, Jason McLennan and others.

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