Peter Day urges his readers to "closely study the issues" with respect to the efforts to recall three Hesperia Unified School District Trustees. Unfortunately for his readers, his newspaper's coverage of the issue provides only one perspective, pro-recall, on the issue. Quite simply, what is not included in the Star's coverage of the recall would be enough to fill another newspaper.

For example, the Star's article last week went to great lengths to get fresh quotes and perspective from Lori Nielson, a pro-recaller, but put forth no effort to contact any of the targeted board members or anti-recall proponents and get their perspective written into the article. The Star has forgotten that in addition to the Federalist Papers, and its perspectives during the founding of our great nation, there was also an Anti-Federalist movement and writings; which had equal merit.

Last week's article also stated that the "group has 120 days to collect approximately 6,919 signatures." This is wrong because the "group" now actually has less than 75 days to collect the 20,000+ required signatures in order for their efforts to be successful. Success, for pro-recallers, is defined as having a very expensive special election, paid for by taxpayers, which may or may not remove three sitting board members, simply because they disagree with them.

A solid definition for politics is who gets what and who pays for it. "Who's paying," therefore, is a logical question when seeking information regarding any political power struggle. The Star has either not asked this question or simply neglected to print the answer. Despite the Star's bias here, this recall effort is nothing more than a power struggle between those who had HUSD seats, but lost them during elections, and those who fairly won them in the last election.

Lori Nielson lost her HUSD board seat in 2003 when Helen Rogers and Bruce Minton were elected. Lori Nielson now wants her seat back, which is why her father, Russ Blewitt, gave the pro-recall efforts $1001.00, on 7-30-2007, to get the recall ball rolling.

Ellen Richardson ran and lost in November of 2006 to Robert Kirk, Hardy Black, and Lee Rogers, the three members she now seeks to recall. Ellen Richardson certainly supports the recall efforts because she gave their committee $500.00 last August. Ellen Richardson has also gotten over $30,000 from a catering operation which did a very lucrative business with HUSD; despite the facts that she had no business license for this venture, had no health permit, and cooked out of her home, which is an act that the health department frowns upon for commercial operations. Ellen found that it is profitable to have friends at the HUSD district office who were willing to overlook her "business'" shortcomings and still throw some considerable money her way.

George Aguilar gave the recall efforts $5000.00 last August, which is a large sum of money for most us. George Aguilar owns Inland Steel and only gives that San Bernardino address. Why in the world would a person from San Bernardino care one hoot about HUSD, let alone $5000 worth of hoots? Perhaps the Star, doing some sort of investigatory process during their coverage of the recall issue, could have asked Mr. Aguilar this very simple question and found out the answer and perhaps shared it with their readers in order for them to be more informed on the issue.

Robert McDonald, owner of Scotty's Automotive Center, also gave the recall efforts $5000.00. At least he lives in Hesperia, but couldn't the Star have sought this person out and asked why he thinks that the recall effort is worth that kind of money? I would certainly listen to a perspective from a person who seemingly has no personal vested interest in the recall, as Lori and Ellen certainly do. I may not agree with him, but I certainly would listen and give his opinion proper consideration, if I had been given the chance by the local news coverage of the issue.

Now that we kind of see who is paying for the recall efforts, perhaps a quick look at who gets what is also in order to help define the politics of this power struggle. The leadership of Kirk, Black, and Lee Rogers has certainly brought about some controversy, but also some positive change in directions for HUSD. I would certainly trade their leadership over that of Lori Nielson and Eric Swanson, but reasonable people may disagree with me. Voters, however, agreed that Eric and Lori should go when they chose not to re-elect them during proper elections. Ellen Richardson lost her bid for a seat on the board, but now seeks to change the results of that proper election through the recall. Her financial interests in the success of the recall are also apparent. Voters could have chosen Ellen over the three she now seeks to recall, but they did not.

We, and I consider myself part of HUSD -- whether they want me or not -- got Mark McKinney as our Superintendent when Hank retired. I would trade a Dick Bray and a Hank Richardson for a Mark McKinney any day of the week, based solely upon his integrity and their lack thereof. We got Jovy Yankaskas in a key role when Rob Challinor left. I would also trade his bullying tirades for her thoughtful and considered processes any day of the week. Bill Freeman's value to the district was so minimal that his position was not even filled after he left, and the district is better off for it. Many changes have been for the better since the targeted three took office.

Let the petitions "hit the streets." Let voters inform and decide for themselves, but a local paper should help, not hinder, those efforts by showing more than the pro-recall perspective because there are many who support Robert Kirk, Hardy Black, and Lee Rogers and their thoughtful efforts to help make HUSD a better district. I am proud to say that I am one of their supporters.