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

Jan. 21, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.


Thumbs-up to Industrial ISD for starting the utilization of a notification system called AlertNow.

This system will allow IISD to immediately notify parents or guardians of events such as school closings or cancellations, emergency situations or reminders of special events via phone call, e-mail and text messaging.

High praise go to Tony Williams, superintendent, and Nathan Sappington, network administrator and our awesome school board! The test call is Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

What a comfort and blessing to all IISD families!

Bernadette, Inez

Thumbs-up to Steve Tyler for caring enough to take Pepper to the hospital recently when he was very ill with congestive heart failure. So many would not have helped.

Sue, Victoria

Thumbs-up to Don Clark, my son Matthew Bellanger, Sonya Luna and Clay Kirby who stopped by and helped me with my flat tire Sunday.

So happy chivalry is still in, and all these people had/have wonderful parents who taught them the value of helping their fellow man.

God bless all of you, and thank you so much!

Bernadette, Inez

Thumbs-up and thanks to Animal Control Officer Mireles and VPD Officer Eppteen for caring about the welfare of animals. You deserve a big thumbs-up!

Cindy, Victoria


Thumbs-down to the gas prices skyrocketing for no good reason. I don't buy the supply-and-demand argument, and it's too late to say heating oil has driven prices up. Come on, give us a break.

Paul, Victoria



Thumbs-up to Victoria's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. This year marked the 18th for the half-mile parade.

Thumbs-up to Port Lavaca Police Chief John Stewart and his talent as a guitar player.

Thumbs-up to Ernestine Mojica Kidder, who was named Citizens Medical Center artist of the month for January.

Thumbs-up to the Friends of the Library book sales.

Thumbs-up to Shanna Kurtz, who had mesothelioma and has finally been cured. Now, Shanna has started her own organization, Communities Against Cancer. Shanna, who had benefits in her name, is now giving them.

Thumbs-up to Jackson County's poverty rate, which fell below regional, state and national averages.


Thumbs-down to the loss of E.T. Reyna, who owned E.T. Reyna Auto Sales. Reyna was a very respected man who always went out of his way to help people. Reyna, 60, died Tuesday.

Thumbs-down to the Texas Legislature and its budget cuts to education in Texas.

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