This letter is in response to the editorial by Peter Day dated 5/13. Mr Day suggests that Brad Mitzelfelt and Rita Vogler are identical and virtually indistinguishable as he compares them to the choice of McCain or Romney in the Republican nomination for President. In both cases Mr. Day would be incorrect as he is looking at only the candidates issues and not how they plan to handle the issue.


McCain and Romney differed greatly on the handling of the economy, taxation, immigration, energy and more. McCain has been a wishy-washy politician since he lost his first bid to be President. Since then he moved to the middle and turned his back on Conservatism and our values. He partners with liberals like Feingold and Kennedy so he would be more appealing to the Reagan Democrats and Independents. Romney stood by his principals and had real answers about the economy and the tax issue. He was all for drilling in ANWR, nuclear power and ending this ridiculous thought of using ethanol. McCain wants the borders open, while Romney wants them both closed. I can go on all day and show you example after example that the two men are very different.


The Voglers are no different then their hated rival Bill Postmus. They both love the power and abuse it to fulfill their obligations to contributors of their campaigns. It wasn't that long ago when Rita Vogler put her commitment to a union that gave her $5,000 to her first campaign ahead of public safety, ahead of you and your families safety and well being. The union of Hesperia's former city fire protection was in debt, running up incredible payroll costs with overtime and unable to hire more personal. Back in 2003 the city council had staff investigate all options and costs for alternatives to the bottomless pit we called Hesperia City Fire. All five members were given the exact information, the facts, and the choices. A change was made by the city council after a 4 to 1 vote. The lone NO vote was Rita Vogler. The four council members voted to join the county fire and Hesperia has never looked back. Courtesy of Tracey Martinez, the Public Information Officer of San Bernardino County Fire, response times dropped dramatically. In 2003-04 city fire's response times were as follows, urban zone 8:01, zone 1 & 2 was 9:02 and in zone 3 it was more than 15 minutes! As of July 2007, the average response time for ALL zones was 7:20 per call. You must take into account that the call volume rose 8 percent from July 2005 to present. By going county, the city has more personal, more equipment, and more stations to serve Hesperia. Think about that, how many lives were saved by the change? The Voglers put their commitment to a union and their needs and wants over you and your families. They put lives in danger. This coming from a candidate that wants to improve public safety. How? By taxing each and every one of you so she can spend it as she sees fit as she suggested during a radio interview several weeks ago.


I don't know Brad Mitzelfelt personally. I have kept an eye on him as I too am leery of anyone who has been touched by Postmus and his ilk. I keep waiting for something bad to happen but to date Mr. Mitzelfelt has done an admirable job and been applying conservative ideals to solve problems. Remember, Mitzelfelt was appointed by the remaining County Supervisors and not Bill Postmus. Either way Brad has done nothing to show us he is a puppet of anyone's. Hesperians know for a fact that Rita can not say the same for herself.


Mr. Day, just because two or more candidates want to make an issue like public safety a campaign issue, does not mean they both have the same answer. Team Mitzelfelt and team Vogler clearly have two different ways of going about solving problems, as did McCain and Romney.