Re "Everyone's delta," editorial, March 3
I'm one of those "old-time Northern Californians" with a "reflexive opposition" to a peripheral canal. I live in L.A. now, but I believe that any lawn that needs a sprinkler deserves to die. I remember the droughts of the late 1970s. While Northern Californians flushed toilets only when conditions became dire, Southern Californians continued to sprinkle their lawns. Does Southern California need delta water? About as much as a Hummer needs oil drilled in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Instead of calling for a canal and contritely granting that Angelenos must make wiser decisions about development in Southern California, how about ripping out those sprinklers that you're using to water the sidewalks, installing xeriscape landscaping and giving up swimming pools? Those 700 native species in the delta might thank you.