Thumbs up, down from the Yuma Sun

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

• Thumbs up to the new Gowan Grove at the West Wet­lands Park. Hun­dreds of Gowan Com­pany em­ploy­ees planted 600 trees and shrubs in the West Wet­lands, all of which were do­nated by Gowan. Thank you, Gowan, for sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity!

• Thumbs up to the stu­dents and staff at H.L. Su­verkrup El­e­men­tary School! The school was named Yuma County’s top per­form­ing school at the kinder­garten through eighth grade level, ac­cord­ing to the state’s grad­ing sys­tem. Con­grats to ev­ery­one who took part in earn­ing this achieve­ment!

• Thumbs up to the run­ners and cy­clists who par­tic­i­pated in the in­au­gu­ral Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion Yuma Tele­graph Pass Chal­lenge! What a tough chal­lenge!

• Thumbs up to all the vot­ers who took to the polls on Tues­day, or voted with their early bal­lots. Thank you for tak­ing part in the po­lit­i­cal process and ex­er­cis­ing your right to vote!

• Thumbs up to the of­fi­cer with the Ari­zona De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions who per­formed CPR on an un­re­spon­sive child. The child al­most drowned in a park pond in Somer­ton, but the of­fi­cer’s quick ac­tions and CPR helped the child re­gain con­scious­ness and breathe on his own.

• Thumbs down to the cold virus that is work­ing its way through Yuma. Wash your hands, peo­ple, be­cause this cold is one that you do not want.

• Thumbs down to the lit­tle spiky burrs found in the desert or in grassy ar­eas. They are eas­ily tracked into the house on shoes, and then un­sus­pect­ing bare feet later step on them … and boy, are they painful!

• A very sad thumbs down to yet an­other shoot­ing, this time at a bar in Thou­sand Oaks, Calif. Thumbs isn’t re­ally the right place to ex­press the sad­ness that yet an­other mass shoot­ing has taken 12 more lives, but how many times do we re­peat the same mes­sage over and over again? To those vic­tims and their fam­i­lies, sorry isn’t enough. The ques­tion re­mains: How do we prevent this from hap­pen­ing?

Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down are com­piled by the Yuma Sun ed­i­to­rial board, based on re­cent events, hap­pen­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties around Yuma County and the na­tion, and will ap­pear on Fri­days in the Yuma Sun.

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