Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down

Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down


Thumbs-up to Victoria College for bringing Jim Lehrer back to Victoria. We saw him in 2010 when Victoria College hosted a 60th anniversary Korean War Seminar.

Frances, Ganado

Thumbs-up to the entire staff at Victoria DeTar Hospital. To my doctors, all my day/night nurses in ICU, all my day/night nurses in TICU, my physical therapy group, my case workers, my cleaning crew and my kitchen cooks – thank you all for caring for me during my 13-day stay at your facility. You are all top-notch people!

Carl, Ganado

Thumbs-up to Mike Laza’s thoughtful letter to the editor on March 30. Too often, it seems, our human nature (which is sinful, by the way) causes us to embrace scriptures that don’t call to judgment our own individual lifestyles, but not so much those that clearly step on our toes. For example, I hear many quote scripture from Romans 1 when condemning the LGBTQ community; however, not many from Chapter 2 referencing God’s judgment through Christ of all our secret lives.

Cal and Loretta, Victoria

From the Advocate Editorial Board

Thumbs-up to Jim Lehrer for returning to Victoria to help Victoria College kick off “Celebrate the Journey” events at the Museum of the Coastal Bend and Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. The award-winning longtime former anchor of PBS NewsHour, novelist and Victoria College alumnus was honored with a plaque commemorating his time in Victoria.

Thumbs-up to downtown Victoria restaurants for opening up for dining during Victoria TX Indie Film Fest weekend. Liberty Coffee Haus; Rosita Bakery; Fossati’s; Huvar’s Artisan Market; The PumpHouse; Bella Bakery and Bistro; Rosebud Records, Grill and Theater; Vela Farms on the Square; Greek’s 205 Bar; Moonshine Drinkery; Thai Orchid; and Mumphord’s Place will all be open to feed festivalgoers.

Thumbs-up to the Victoria TX Indie Film Fest for building local film culture.


Thumbs-down to the huge potholes (plural) at the entrance to Victoria Mall between Aspen Dental and the new Frost Bank. They are getting bigger, and there’s no way to miss at least one of them! Who is responsible for repair? The city or the Mall?

Cynthia, Victoria

Thumbs-down to the leaders of our fair city, for allowing balloon releases when facts show, time and again, the terrible harm done when said balloons fall to the earth. How pretty they look as they drift in the sky. How awful the suffering endured by wildlife and domestic animals that become entangled in or swallow the remnants of these colorful balloons. It is time for our city leaders to say no to balloon releases! Other communities have done so. Why are we always the last to do the right thing?

Kathy, Victoria

Thumbs-down to Victoria retail stores. In today’s times of internet shopping, in-store management needs to increase the training of their store staff for a better customer experience. It is depressing to shop in Victoria when the customer comes last. Employees are too busy with their cellphones, chatting with co-workers and lack consideration. Please make your store provides an enjoyable shopping experience!

Janet, Victoria

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