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Letter to the editor: Appreciation for Don Holland

January 15, 2013

Don Holland has done an outstanding job as editor of the Daily Press for the past 11 years, as evidenced by the newspaper’s comprehensive coverage of local, state and national news events and issues, and the personal touch of establishing the enlightening weekly Apple Valley Review.

Moreover, under Don Holland’s direction and guidance, readers have been assured of the utmost journalistic objectivity, honesty and integrity in looking out for the best interests of High Desert residents and businesses.

Though it was saddening to read that Don will be leaving the Daily Press, it’s heartening to know that he will be assuming the position of special assistant to our newly elected 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. Mr. Holland is much appreciated and he will be sorely missed.

As a long time High Desert resident since 1967, a resident of Apple Valley since 1977, retired from 34 years of service with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Public Defender’s Office — and a former Grand Jury member — I can attest to the fact that county government has endured deeply troubling times, and that the 1st District has been overall lacking in responsible representation for many years — alas, since Bill Betterley.

Indeed, I am confident that Supervisor Lovingood, aided by Don Holland, will be a dynamic duo and a long overdue breath of fresh air for the district and the county under the most difficult of circumstances. Particularly, with the county’s checkered history, the state of our economy, and the enormous burdens of overwhelming state and federal government empires — which are long overdue for a Libertarian-style cleanout.

Daniel B. Jeffs
Apple Valley

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