Thumbs down to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for its attempt to restrict medical marijuana gardens with exorbitant penalties. Odds are, the county will collect few of the $1,000-per-plant fines. Furthermore, fining land owners who report plants grown by their tenants to the sheriff's office — as happened in one recent case — makes no sense at all. The supervisors should adopt regulations that allow medical pot to be grown in a responsible manner.
Thumbs up to Fresno County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Noemi Rodriguez-Paredes for advancing out of the Northern California Youth of the Year competition. Rodriguez- Paredes is a Fresno State freshman liberal studies major. She now moves on to the state finals.
Thumbs up to the Clovis Old Town Farmers Market, which celebrated the beginning of its 25th season Friday night.
Thumbs up to California farmers. According to the national Census of Agriculture, growers in the Golden State are the leading users of renewable energy in the nation. Energy-production systems are on 5,845 California farms, with solar the most common installation.
Thumbs up to Roosevelt High School students Emma De Zubiria, Catherine Evangelho, Sabrina Lopez, Lucas McKeever, Cailen Fu and Isaac Lopez. All took home top awards from the Mother Lode Theater Festival in Sutter Creek.