Peter,

I've always thought that you were fair in reporting and stating all the facts. I'm disappointed that you faced the camera west. Yes, it is true that Poplar St, west of Cottonwood is still a dirt road; however the picture and article leads one to believe that Councilman Thurston "Smitty" Smith lives on a dirt road. WRONG!

Had you turned an exact "about face" and took the picture facing east, the picture would show the Thurston Smith residence on the east side corner of Cottonwood and Popular where it is newly and perfectly paved all down the front of his palm tree lined corner residence! All of Popular, east of Cottonwood is newly paved since "Smitty for the City" took office. He truly kept his campaign promise to pave roads first in Hesperia starting with his!