Thumbs up, thumbs down

July 27, 2013 

Thumbs up to Central California Asian Pacfic Women, who have been helping San Joaquin Valley communities since 1980, for awarding $10,000 in college scholarships at its July 20 luncheon. The scholarship recipients: Manny Vanh Lee, Pa Nhia Xiong, Kashifa Ahmed, Annabelle Tam-Ha Lolinco, Christine Saechao, Pakou Thao, Chelsea Naomi Wells and Nancy Yang.

Thumbs up to city of Fresno garbage truck driver Frank Diaz for befriending Greyson Kelly, a 4-year-old with autism. What began as a weekly wave between Diaz and Greyson, who sat every Wednesday at the curb waiting for the truck, has turned into a friendship. Last month, Greyson spoke the first sentence of his life -- "I want truck" -- as Diaz's vehicle approached. If you missed Sunday's story by The Bee's Barbara Anderson, you can read it online at fblinks.com/greyson.

Thumbs down to Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, for not publicly saying that his family owns dairy land along one proposed high-speed rail route through Kings County and other parcels within a mile of route options. Valadao has opposed California's high-speed rail plan from his time in the state Assembly. As a congressman, he introduced legislation that could delay or block the project. The rub is, he should have publicly stated long ago how high-speed rail could affect his family's business. After his family's land holdings were written about in a July 14 story in The Bee, the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Valadao.

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