Dear Mr. Riley:

Your response to my letter is sad and disappointing in many ways. You are correct, however, when you state that, "we need to focus on present situations and the future of this district" and so my remarks will be brief.

First of all, you don't know me, so any assumptions you might have made about my motives and character should not have been mentioned. Second, you seem to have missed the point of my letter. I was prompted to write in support of Helen Rogers. She potentially set herself up for criticism with the remarks she made just before she left the board. I respect Helen and thus wanted to state "my truth" in support of "her truth." Third, you are correct when you write about the things the board did for the students and staff of Mojave. However, letters to the editor are written to express a point of view. I did say they were "caring and honorable people". I think that was sufficient. Fourth, you claim that I "abdicated my position." Unless I misunderstand the rights we have in this country, I made a choice for myself and my family. Bruce Minton almost died trying to change things that apparently are unchangeable. I wasn't about to do the same.

In conclusion, your letter clearly illustrates why HUSD is experiencing such turmoil. You rhetorically ask, "... in the end, what can be achieved if we can't learn to work with one another, putting aside our differences and finding common ground?" You are so right! Instead of merely stating how you disagreed with my ideas, however, you had to demonize me by questioning my honor, commitment and integrity. Why would people who are actually working there take the risk of sharing opposing viewpoints when they have witnessed such character attacks in person and through the media? Unfortunately, instead of being constructive, the tone of your letter was political.

I wish you well in your new position on the HUSD School Board, Mr. Riley. I hope you will indeed embrace different points of view and find common ground, for the good of the students and families of Hesperia you have sworn to serve. May I suggest that you now get on with this important work and stop wasting your time debating me in the press?