THE ELECTION IS HERE: If you read this newspaper on the day it is officially published, Tuesday, Nov. 4, you will likely find the Hesperia Star Opinion section an interesting read. Numerous letters poured in, mostly through our online Letters to the Editor form. Over the past several days, the letters became available for online viewing.


The Hesperia Star news staff will be out in force (all two of us). Through the night, Beau will be reporting and posting on hesperiastar.com, and I'll be tweeting on Twitter.com. You can check out my "tweets" by searching for my Twitter id, which is peterdtwit.


REGARDING ONLINE LETTER POSTING: A letter writer in this issue of the Hesperia Star explains that one HUSD employee apparently got in trouble for "posting" a letter to the Hesperia Star during work hours.


First let me explain how our online "letters to the editor" posting works. Anyone can submit a letter by either clicking on the pull-down tab "Letter to the Editor" on our website, or they can email me, the editor, directly at editor@hesperiastar.com or peter@hesperiastar.com. (They can also send a traditional letter via U.S. mail to 17045 Main St., Hesperia, CA 92345.)


After I look over the letters, I usually pass them along to Beau Yarbrough, who serves as our online news editor. While I have the ability to directly post an item, most of the time it is Beau who posts the letters.


Because the Hesperia Star has a small news staff with everyone wearing several hats, it's rare that a letter goes on our web site immediately. We try, however, to post the letters in a timely fashion.


So, to address the primary point, a letter writer could get a letter to us at night, and the letter may not be posted until the next day sometime during the Hesperia Star's work hours.


We are certainly sorry if this has caused a problem, and I am sorry I haven't explained how the Hesperia Star handles letter postings sooner.


KUDOS TO ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER: Registered voters who find themselves as patients in St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley on election day are able to cast their votes, thanks to an emergency voting program. Several staff members also are volunteering their time to enable "Project Bedsite Vote" to take place.


Those who desire to vote completed official authorization forms that were faxed to the Registrar of Voters office in San Bernardino. Ballots are delivered to patients by mid-afternoon. After allowing several hours for patients to fill them out, hospital staff members deliver the ballots to a local polling station.