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Hello, all you fabulous readers! It's time for another editorial board meeting this Wednesday and we'd like to hear what you think is worthy of an opinion piece from the Advocate. We will be talking about current events from the previous week. There is a list below of the topics we plan to discuss.

Our guest this week will be VISD school board president Tami Keeling. We look forward to seeing you there!

Topics list:

Fisherman launches camp to grow family relationships: Using humor and charm, Wilson guided a group of about 20 children and adults through an educational fishing camp, Fishing's Future, designed to teach safe and correct methods of fishing. Can emphasize importance of knowing safety in any activity. Also bring up importance of doing things as family. Can talk about how education leads to better preservation of environment, natural resources.

Water rates to fund legal defense for sewage treatment plant: To support legal counsel in a dispute over a proposed sewage treatment plant, Victoria City Council members will consider a $175,000 transfer within the water department. Could take stance that plant is necessary and new technology prevents any odor or problems for public. Obvious no one wants to be near this plant, but it needs to go somewhere and there may never be consensus if try to please everyone.

Increased demand raises Victoria hotel rental rates: Ongoing oil and industrial activity has put the squeeze on area lodging and upped room rental rates. Calls to some Victoria hotels brought quotes of more than $200 for a weekday stay in a single room with a king-size bed. Can say it’s good that EF Shale is making Victoria center for industry, also excited to see new hotels coming into area to help with high demand and prices.

Youth group cleans up neighborhood streets in Victoria: Inspired by Dino Rizzo's book "Servolution," Youth pastor Jeff Rendon and Revolution youth group at Covenant Life Center have started a ministry of cleaning neighborhood streets. Good to see group of young people helping to keep town clean instead of typical stereotype of getting in trouble around town. Could also just make this a thumbs item.

Little Miss Victoria anti-bullying coloring contest results: Little Miss Victoria Taylor Bearden hosted a coloring contest to promote an anti-bullying message in the VISD elementary schools. Taylor Bearden's passion to stop bullying in the public schools stemmed from her personal experience of bullying from other girls in her first-grade class at Chandler Elementary School last year. Good to see kid who experienced bullying finding positive way to combat it, showing others how to be positive.

Yoakum's ultimate master of ceremonies dies: Jim Witte whose quick-wit and easy-going style made him a crowd favorite, died Wednesday at 78 in his Yoakum home after a long battle with cancer.

Ella Schorlemmer Elementary adopts soldiers: Ella Schorlemmer Elementary School adopted 25 military men from different branches of the military for Valentine's Day. The school-wide "Heroes of Our Hearts" project was inspired by the students. They wanted to show their appreciation to these selfless individuals that protect them every day. Could say thanks for taking effort to thank, teach kids to appreciate military or could give thumbs up.