It seems everywhere you look, a corporation is getting bailed out by government. Much of the banking industry, it seems, is receiving a huge handout from the government. Now the U.S. auto industry, with their CEO's arriving in Washington D.C. on private jets to discuss the details, will probably get a bailout.There's even a local entity, the Apple Valley Country Club, getting saved from extinction by a governmental agency, the Town of Apple Valley.


But you'll probably never see this newspaper, our parent organization or the like getting a governmental bailout. For most of us, it's simply survival of the fittest. We've got to find a way to improve and meet the demands of change or we're sunk.


Several years ago, the newspaper business started getting nervous about a new thing called "the Internet." We realized we had to change our game plan or we wouldn't be able to continue operation. Guess what? Many newspaper goliaths, those large, bloated ones, were forced to make dramatic cutbacks. Those newspaper owners running tighter ships already were faced with less painful changes.


Can you imagine the President selecting a newspaper czar to ensure newspapers continue printing the same old news in the same old way? Of course not.


Bailouts in general are bad ideas unless the entity your saving has a very good plan for getting out of their mess. Otherwise you might as well throw money down the toilet.


The Apple Valley Country Club is certainly worth saving, but if the club can't get its head above water then what? Somebody (i.e. Apple Valley taxpayers) will take the hit.


It may be a sad reality, but the market decides who survives and who doesn't. There are small businesses throughout the Victor Valley that are doing whatever they can to survive. It's tough, but it's the law of survival.


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Both the city council and the school board will be reorganizing next month. Those who won election to seats also will be sworn into office. The Hesperia Star will be there to cover the historic occasions.


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It should be exciting to see the Christmas Tree lighting at the new Civic Park. But it's also nice to see that park district is still decorating the lovely Christmas tree at the corner of C Avenue and Main Street. It brightens up our town.