The letter read by HUSD assistant superintendent Matthew Spencer that accused board president Chris Bentley of "bullying" continues to get attention.


In the Letter to Editor section on this page, Bentley shares more thoughts on Spencer and Dr. Gary Namie, the founder of Workplace Bullying Institute.


It's interesting to note that Spencer, who is paid around $170,000 a year in salary and benefits, according to Bentley, was brought into the district by the board toward the end of last year. Then, the board consisted of Dr. Robert Kirk, Anthony Riley, Hardy Black, Bentley and Lee Rogers. The latter two voted against bringing Spencer aboard because the district already had a person in that position, Bentley has said. Why would Kirk, Riley and Black approve an additional assistant superintendent of personnel at such a high salary, especially in these tough times?


It's also important to note that when Bentley called me several years ago, which I mentioned in a commentary a few weeks ago, he was complaining that his children were being assailed by web commenters. Yes, it was a difficult phone call, but it's hard to blame a father for protecting his children.


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Meanwhile, HUSD Superintendent Mark McKinney is setting an example by requesting the board trim his salary and benefits. Leaders lead best by example, and that's exactly what Mr. McKinney is doing now.


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A few weeks ago, Lyndle Tharp of Tux-Ego & Bridal Connection received a call from a code enforcement officer who told him he had to take down his banner advertising the bridal fair at the county fairgrounds. But Tharp was surprised by the request.


"I've never had any problem. I do it every year," said Tharp who owns several Tux-Ego locations with his wife Carol and promotes the fair event. "This won't hurt anybody."


Furthermore, according to Tharp, the banner, which he had placed next to his Main Street business, effectively helped advertise for 15 Hesperia businesses would make their appearances at last weekend's bridal fair. Altogether, about 60 area businesses show their wares at the annual event.


"We're not a big show, but there's quite a few vendors."


While banners of all colors wave throughout Hesperia, Tharp is hoping the city council will look into allowing temporary banners, such as the one he has displayed, to be up for limited periods.


"It's no big deal. I'm just trying to represent the businesses. I'm not trying to be negative. We have election signs, why not special events?"


"He also noted that the Hesperia Recreation and Park District has displayed a banner promoting its golf course dining facility.


"I'm not opposed to that," he said. "I know it's important. But they need to address this issue."


After all, according to Tharp, Hesperia's smaller businesses are the ones that should be given all the help they can get.


"The rights of the small businesses to be noticed should be allowed. This little city needs all the help we can get. We're struggling."