In today’s tone-deaf news, the Washington Post covers a man named Steve Yuhas who is apparently a conservative talk-radio host and a resident in a wealthy Southern California gated community known as Rancho Santa Fe. Mr. Yuhas apparently believes that because he pays more in property taxes, he is entitled to more water usage and is not phased by the recent bad news of California’s increasing drought problem. But, lest you think that public shaming campaigns will change Mr. Yuhas of his wasteful ways (his community in Ranchero Santa Fe has apparently increased their water usage by 9 percent over the last year), he has informed the public that you can pry his green lawn and green golf course from his cold, dead hands. In the article, Yuhas states that residents “…should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful…”.
Mr. Yuhas is not the only one who feels he has suffered a grave injustice by being publicly shamed for his water usage habits. Gay Butler, who is apparently a real person and not related to Mike Hunt, says that we who cast judgement of her are not seeing the entire picture. “What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our house on four acres?”, says the interior designer.
Mr. Yuhas has had quite enough of the “drought-shaming” that he and his fellow wealthy residents have endured recently, and will continue to defend his right to pursue life, liberty and huge amounts of water to keep his lawn grassy and in perfect shape.