Last week a 4-year-old girl was killed on I-15 near Joshua Street when the driver of the vehicle she was in apparently lost control and crashed. The girl died, it seems, because she was not in a car seat and therefore was ejected from the Chevy Tahoe.


It's such a tragedy. Some drivers just don't seem to understand that the principle of physics will win every time. Buckle up, everyone.


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Congratulations are overdue for Thurston "Smitty" Smith, who last month was named our city's mayor, and Dr. Robert Kirk, who in December was selected by the school board to serve a second year as board president.


Like leaders across America, these two face challenging times. The school district especially, which derives so much of its funding from the state, must find creative ways to move forward.


Also, a thumbs up to outgoing mayor Mike Leonard are due. With effective leadership on the city manager side, Hesperia seems to be in good shape. Leonard's calm demeanor seemed to reinforce a sense of steadiness throughout 2008.


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It seemed everywhere Hesperia drivers would go there would be a road crew laying down a new surface to a city street. While that certainly isn't fun for anyone, the results were tangible. In fact, the city reportedly paved more than 30 miles of city streets. This year, 2008, was the year of road paving in Hesperia. We will all benefit from that.


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Last Saturday's free electronic waste disposal event was extremely well attended. Cars lined up in two long rows to drop off their old computers, TVs, stereo systems and more.


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Is it really 2009 already? Remember Y2K? That seems like yesterday.