Thumbs-up, thumbs-down; it's your choice

THUMBS-UP

Thumbs-up to Reuben Ybarra of Victoria on his phenomenal health improvement and 85 lb weight loss in the the H-E-B "Slim Down Show Down!"

I mean, 85 lbs! Who does that?

Randall, Victoria

THUMBS-DOWN

Thumbs-down because 25 years ago there was Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash and Bob Hope. Now there's just Obama, no cash and no hope.

Steve, Victoria

FROM THE EDITORIAL BOARD

THUMBS-UP

Thumbs-up to Advocate reporter Jennifer Preyss for receiving first place in the Cassels Religion Reporter of the Year contest for small newspapers. We are proud to have such a talented writer on our staff.

Thumbs-up to the Blind Courage Support Group and their "Eye Spy" event aimed at teaching kids how to cope with blind people.

Thumbs-up to the return of the annual Victoria Garden Tour. We look forward to seeing the beautiful gardens residents have made in their own backyards.

Thumbs-up to Donnie Todd, the newly named music director of the Crossroads Community Band.

Thumbs-up to the Victoria Fire Department's Project F.I.R.E. for teaching kids about fire safety.

Thumbs-up to author and American Book Review speaker Mat Johnson. Thank you for coming and sharing your creativity and inspiration with us.

Thumbs-up to First Victoria and Touch of Class Limousine for co-hosting Tickled Pink on Fun Day Friday. We are glad to see 10 cancer survivors being honored at this event.

Thumbs-up to Chaloupka Farm for the yearly Rocky Creek Maze, which provides fun and educational opportunities to people of all ages.

Thumbs-up to the annual Boulevard Lions Club Family Fishing Day Saturday at Ethel Lee Tracy Park. It's good to see families have a place to go and do things together outdoors.

Thumbs-up to Victoria West High School's Cultural Diversity Day in conjunction with a nationwide movement called, "Every Monday Matters," aimed at improving attendance numbers at school.

THUMBS-DOWN

Thumbs-down to the return of the giant red spiders making webs all over the place. Watch where you're walking.

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