In 1966, Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, coming off an incredible 27-9 record, announced his retirement. While it was a shock to true blue fans, there were factors that led to his decision. Only 30 years old, arthritis was taking hold, and it was time to say goodbye to the game he loved.


Last week, Arlene Gluck, a veritable Koufax of the local education arena, packed up her boxes and said goodbye to Mojave High.


Numerous notable educators have left the school district, many who had amazing abilities to teach or manage. But this departure goes deeper. Not only does Gluck possess one of the sharpest minds this district has ever seen, but she's got a heart as big as the Hesperia skyline.


While she acknowledged that today's economic situation may have played a role in her departure, she certainly is not without gratitude and a deep sense of accomplishment. She's a class act that the district -- and certainly her students -- will sorely miss.


For the rest of the year she's likely to relax in her Victor Valley home. Later she might buy a home in Virginia, so she can be closer her son's family. But don't expect her to fade away.


"I would love to do something with public policy," she says.


And a book might be in the works.


Arlene Gluck's legacy will certainly live on. Hesperia students will be helped by what she helped to build. But those of us who have been touched by her will always be grateful for her guiding hand, her strength and her hope. You don't need to be in high school to learn from this special lady.


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Hesperia Star readers are submitting interesting, entertaining videos on our web site. The latest submitted videos include a portion of the Hesperia Christian School graduation, the recent Cajon Pass crash aftermath, and a sweet song, "The Horchata Song," sung by a local trio, including the man behind the camera, Fatmime (a.k.a. Pastor Rene de la Cruz). Keep it coming, readers!


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The adage, "You get what you pay for," couldn't be more true for Californians. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is reportedly paid only $1 a year. Guess what? That's about the quality of leadership we're getting from him.


And because he's willing to work for almost nothing, he has chosen to live in Southern California with his family rather than stay where he's needed: Sacramento. That's why members of the news media (and I am included in that list) are regularly kept abreast of his Southern California schedule. I am sure that tele-commuting works for some jobs, but I don't believe it is appropriate for the governor of one of the largest states in the U.S. He should tough it out and live in Sacramento.