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

March 21, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2014 at 10:21 p.m.


Thumbs-up to Michelle Robinson for teaching her daughter and other children humility, as shown in a recent story in the Advocate, "Mother uses daughter's experience to teach children humility." Wish more parents would encourage this. Thank you, Michelle.

Deborah, Victoria


Thumbs-down to Crestwood Street from Navarro to Ben Jordan streets. It is one of the worst streets in Victoria. I used to frequently drive along this road. If I use it now, I am dodging potholes, multiple patches or going up and down all the uneven surfaces. It's a shame that I must now drive longer distances using other roads in order to not use Crestwood Street. I hope the city has this street high on its list of roads needing to be repaved.

Milton, Victoria

Thumbs-down to parents who obstruct the learning process at our schools.

During one of my classes, I noticed a student using his cellphone. I asked him to put it away and reminded him of the school rules. Students may not use their phones from 8:25 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Everyone knows this, but abuse is widespread.

Imagine my surprise when the student replied to my request by stating, "It's my father texting me. He wants me to play 'Word Chums' with him now." Really?

Teachers work so hard to provide quality instruction for the children of VISD. We care very much about your child's success, and we are held accountable and responsible when your child fails. I think you should be every bit as accountable for your child's success as I am, but you think you are entitled to take instructional time away from an entire class. What gives you the right to do this?

Lois, Victoria



Thumbs-up to the return of spring. Now, it's time to pull out the cleaning supplies.

Thumbs-up to VISD's plan to purchase four new school buses. We are glad students will have new vehicles to take them safely to and from school.

Thumbs-up to the Victoria Fire Department for offering a free Civilian Fire Academy to teach residents about what firefighters and paramedics do.

Thumbs-up to the effort to restore the historic Fulton Mansion in Rockport. Thank you for working to restore a piece of history.

Thumbs-up to Ben Caraway, Clegg Services and everyone else who had a hand in moving the 153-year-old Zahn House to its new location on Wheeler Street.

Thumbs-up to Brandon Garcia and the owners of CASH Customs for organizing a bike ride in memory of Bryan Easley Doane.

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