I've said it before around this time of year, but Hesperia activities especially of the school variety are going gangbusters right now.


What that means to our news staff is that we're having a difficult time keeping up with the demand for coverage. Some events that normally would get page one placement didn't even get coverage by a Star news staff member. In many cases, we've requested that event participants send in photos and information, and we'll gladly find a place in future publications. Thank you for your understanding.


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Curious about my take on Arizona's new law that allows police to detain people who are in the U.S. illegally?


First, I agree that the law is unworkable. The chance to abridge U.S. citizens' freedom appears great. How can you tell at a glance if someone is a citizen or not?


But I disagree that the impetus of the new law necessarily comes from a racist viewpoint. It comes from frustration, frustration at leaders (former president George W. Bush, U.S. Senator John McCain come to mind) too fearful to do something to remedy the influx of those from other countries who are using our resources.


Arizona may be going about it the wrong way, but at least the people of that state are taking action. The law they passed may be politically incorrect, but it's a start. Do you have a better plan? Is it a real solution or just a call for more do-nothing politics?


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Residents of San Marino, a community I am quite familiar with, have raised $1.2 million for helping its school district get through its financial difficulties. With a June 1 deadline looming, the San Marino Schools Foundation is hoping that donors will give another $1.2 million in the next three weeks. The foundation is suggesting a donation of $2,000 per child.


But San Marino has completely different demographics that Hesperia. Ten years ago the median family income for the town was $155,708. It's certainly much higher today.