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Thumbs-up to the Victoria Police Department for providing police escort for funeral processions. This service is much needed and appreciated. Thank you.
Thumbs-up to VISD school bus drivers for working double and triple routes to make up for the shortage of bus drivers. A salute to the supervisors, as well, who continue to do their job and drive buses to make sure our children get to class on time.
Thumbs-up to everyone who donated time for the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch fundraiser - not only stars and athletes, but everyone who had anything to do with it who helped make it happen.
Thumbs-up to the Victoria Veterans Council for providing taps and flag-folding services at funerals of area veterans. We thank you. We salute you.
Thumbs-up to Judie Farnsworth and her column Zoo-ology. We are never too old to learn.
Thumbs-down to the city of Victoria for voting down proposals for all purpose facilities suitable for such things as rodeos and concerts then spending so much money for the "Bring Your Boots" campaign. The question is, bring your boots where? To Edna? To Hallettsville? To Beeville? To Sinton? To Gonzales? These communities all have beautiful facilities which bring substantial benefits to the local economies. Victoria has so much more to offer in the way of restaurants, shopping, lodging and location. If the "Bring Your Boots" event draws the crowds, as seems to be expected, then why not build a facility just for such events that the citizens in Victoria can be proud of?
Thumbs down to our local media - both printed and TV - for not reminding their viewers and readers of the burn ban and water restrictions.
Two thumbs-down to your headline "Apple Loses Core." A clever play on words seems totally inappropriate to describe the loss of a visionary like Steve Jobs.
FROM THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Thumbs-up to Ryan M. Perez, who took home first place ribbon in the Fire Prevention Week poster contest. This is the third year Perez has won first place.
Thumbs-up to the Sweat Equity Challenge at Riverside Park that raises funds for Habitat For Humanity.
Thumbs-up to the quilters at the Victoria Senior Citizens Center.
Thumbs-up to the blessing of the pets on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.
Thumbs-up (we think) to Ruby Begonia, who trails Paycheck by nearly four minutes going into the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop.
Thumbs-up to Bank of America initiating a new program called Operation Honor. It started nationwide on 9/11 and will run until 11/11 (Veteran's Day). The Victoria branch has a wall of honor with pictures of veterans and first responders.
Thumbs-up to Santiago Villalobos. Villalobos, an actor from Austwell-Tivoli who lived in Victoria a few years ago, shares his experience of transforming from class clown to a budding actor. His acting credits include "All She Can," "Deadliest Warrior" and "Idiocracy."
Thumbs-down to the ongoing drought. We need a gully-washer.
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