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July 15, 2011 at 2:15 a.m.


THUMBS-UP

Thumbs-up to J.R. Ortega for his article on "One in five Americans live with some mental disorder."

It is people like you who have the guts to come forward and admit you have a mental illness (what ever level it is), and your life goes on because you take ownership and work to stay in recovery. I personally am (and I am sure I speak for our NAMI Victoria family) very proud of you for speaking out and letting our community hear from others that mental illness is nothing to hide because recovery is a reality. People are not ashamed of being born with heart trouble, etc., The greatest part is accepting you have an illness, get the proper help, if needed, and stay working with yourself while working and staying in recovery.

Just like J.R. Ortega said: He was able to help himself by using cognitive therapy. Thank you J.R. for sharing with our community. Your are an inspiration to many.

Patsy, Victoria

THUMBS-DOWN

Thumb's-down to the city of Victoria's massive waste of our precious groundwater dumping into the river. Their solution, as in 2009, is unacceptable, as are their excuses (i.e. no money as it was spent on feasibility studies). This affects not just the city but all of Victoria County. There should be a law against this waste and officials prosecuted. Victorians had best wake up before we are all without water resources.

David, Victoria

FROM THE EDITORIAL BOARD

THUMBS-UP

Thumbs-up to the second annual dog race - the Hot Diggity Dog Night - presented by the Victoria Generals.

Thumbs-up to the Victoria Public Library's Harry Potter Day.

Thumbs-up to the filming of "Indescribable" by Morning Star Productions and the Thorn Crown Project at the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad.

Thumbs-up to the Nave Museum's exhibit of Cuero artist Charles Schorre's works.

Thumbs-up to Cindy Staley, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Victoria for 15 years this month.

THUMBS-DOWN

Thumbs-down to the recent fatalities in Victoria County.

Thumbs-down to the ongoing drought.

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