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California drought: suburban sod

California drought: suburban sod
A lawnin Sacramento, Calif. is irrigated on May 27. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July 1. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

To the editor: While Nancy Spiller's piece on the absurdity of lawns is entertaining and makes good points, she fails to take into account one important thing: Kids can play on grass. ("Deprogramming the lawn," Opinion, July 3)

It's much nicer than playing on chaparral, or on gravel or concrete.

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Of course, today's kids don't play outside, thanks to technology and overly protective parents. But when I was growing up, we spent huge amounts of time entertaining ourselves on the yards of suburbia.

Take away all those lawns and what do you get? An old person's thrifty, water-wise utopia.

Oliver McFalls, Riverside

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