I received a few interesting, critical phone calls from readers this past week. One had a pleasant outcome. The other ... not so much.


A woman called to complain about a recent editorial cartoon in our newspaper that depicted President Obama standing virtually naked next to former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner, as you probably know, left office after a scandal in which he admitted to tweeting racy photos of himself to women.


The caller felt that the cartoon was in especially poor taste because it crossed a line and was disrespectful of our president. I told her that I could see her point, and that I will use more care when selecting cartoons.


The second call came from a retired school teacher who said she used local newspapers to teach her students about homonyms, which are words that share the same spelling but have different meanings. She said she found one in last week's article about longtime resident Gil Zank creating a new networking opportunity at Sterling Inn, where Gil now lives. The word in question was spelled incorrectly for its usage in the story, but it would have passed spell check because it was spelled correctly for another usage. I'm going to refrain from telling you the word here, but I hope Gil knows that the mistake was completely unintentional. I'm sorry about the error.


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It's good to see the county investing in Mojave Narrows Regional Park, which First District Brad Mitzelfelt aptly called "a county treasure in the middle of the Victor Valley." Specifically, the Board of Supervisors recently approved a $215,000 contract to restore a broken levee at Horshoe Lake.


It turns out the small lake, which was created in 1958, was drained after the storms of January 2010 created a breach of the levee. Afterward, FEMA was hoping to repair the levee but couldn't get the funding. The county awarded the contract to Atkins North America.


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Hesperians may know Rene De La Cruz as senior pastor of Living Springs Community Church, but in Apple Valley where he and his wife Lynn reside Rene is finding his calling as a special correspondent for the Apple Valley Review. This past week he wrote an interesting story for the Review, which like the Hesperia Star is part of the Daily Press newspaper group, about the "Flying Nun House" on Highway 18.


Rene is an integral member of the newspaper team headed by Daily Press Editor Don Holland, news coordinator Martial Haprov and advertising consultant Yolanda Smith. Looking good!