Disagreeing with Star commentary on Alaska trip
The editorial by Peter Day regarding a vacation trip that three Hesperia city council members took seems to reflect the continuation of a long-term attempt to create that, which doesn't exist.

Truly, Mr. Day something smells fishy?

These council members traveled several thousands miles to be able to talk to each other and violate the Brown Act? Why not meet at a burger stand in Hesperia and save all of the money that the travel cost? Better yet, why travel 30 other people when you allege secrecy is needed?

What truly smells fishy is the political hook that the Postmus-Metzelfelt political machine has in the newspaper. Why don't you stress in your articles the grave errors that this group has made? For example, why hasn't Mr. Metzelfelt publicly criticized the developers that fund his political campaigns, for their alleged hiring practices of laborers?

It's probably bad judgment on the part of the newspaper to continue to flood the readers with articles about Mr. Metzelfelt, which are filled with praise. This activity certainly resembles a media attempt to make early political comments regarding the 1st district supervisor race of 2008.

As to your comments about Mr. Lindley and Mr. Nowicki being "master of policy", one can only wonder how you define "master". More appropriately, "manipulators" would accurately describe their political behaviors. Both were given political rewards by the Postmus-Metzelfelt machine, in the form of county administrative jobs. Are you concerned about the existing patronage and nepotism?

As I have suggested in the past, if you repeat erroneous information often enough, some people might believe it. The opposite may also hold true. The newspaper's attempts to increase circulation, though the use of sensationalism, may have the opposite effect.

Your editorial, intended to criticize hard working Hesperia city council members, was unwarranted and baseless. I hope that in the future you find a different direction in which you choose to display your investigative skills. Something that reflects the positive effects of the city council would be just fine.

Al Vogler
Hesperia