It may seem odd to some people, but as an elected official one of the most uncomfortable situations that I frequently find myself in is when I attend various types of gatherings in which I feel expected to fit into the realm of political gamesmanship.


It's not that I don't understand the game of politics, because I do get it. What I really have a hard time putting up with, however, is when I find myself questioning my thoughts during a conversation with another elected official who insists on swarming all over me with political speak that forces me into trying to understand just what the real message of his or her verbal blathering is all about.


For a long time, perhaps one of the greatest consolations that I knew I could always look forward to while attending almost every public meeting was knowing that Margaret Zank would always be there to greet me as a friend to dispel my anxious heart, no matter what the setting I'd find myself in. My conversations with Margaret were seldom lengthy, but the importance of her mere presence to me, meant more than just the number of words that we shared with one another. To me, my Lady Margaret was always a warm, charming and gracious lady who's beautiful and uplifting countenance could always be counted on to bolster my confidence, no matter what the setting.


To simply say that I'll miss my Lady Margaret, would hardly be enough in describing my feelings towards her whenever I'd see her tender and welcoming smile. She was a quiet but strong and wonderful person who was truly a great representative for the city of Hesperia and an unforgettable example of kindness for all of us to follow, through the humble way that she naturally and lovingly shared her love with each and every person that she ever came in contact with.


To her husband Gil, I just can't imagine the pain of your loss and the measure of your sorrow. Please remember that our prayers are always with you and that your loss is also our loss. May God grant you his perfect peace and understanding.