Thumbs up, thumbs down

July 6, 2013 

Thumbs up to Jack Wiegand of Fresno. The 21-year-old is the youngest person to fly solo around the world. Wiegand departed town on May 2 and flew 21,000 nautical miles over 59 days. Before touching down in Fresno at 5:07 p.m. on June 29, he crossed three oceans and visited 12 countries. He is donating the remaining proceeds of his sponsored journey to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California and the International Agri-Center's Ag Warriors program for returning veterans.

Thumbs up to the Fresno Grizzlies for creating a vibrant farmers market at their Friday home games. Thumbs up, too, to the Grizzlies fans for supporting the vendors. "They have allowed my sons to sell their 4H project free-range chicken and duck eggs," writes Angie Tarr of Fresno. "These fun, Friday night games allow attendees to pick up locally grown fruit, vegetables, olives, jams, honey, eggs and nuts."

Thumbs down to Harry Baker. The prominent Madera County resident repeatedly has cited poor health to delay a 2009 case involving a charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor in a Fresno hotel room, but he isn't too ill to stay out of other trouble at other Valley inns. Baker, 85, was arrested last month after shooting a gun inside a Merced motel room. Baker told police that the gun went off accidentally and that he had been drinking. For the safety of all Valley residents, Baker needs to stay away from guns, booze and motels until he has his day in court on the child molestation charges.

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