Thumbs down to Fresno City Council Members Lee Brand, Paul Caprioglio and Clint Olivier for opposing the acceptance of $1 million in grant money for a master plan to maximize the value of a high-speed rail station in downtown. Their votes were sufficient to reject the grant. This was yet another example of local leaders living in the past and genuflecting to Republican/tea party talking points.
Thumbs up to the Fresno pastors who flew to Ferguson, Mo., to help calm violence. D.J. Criner, Booker T. Lewis II and Bryson White are among the Faith in Community contingent dispatched to the St. Louis suburb. It's apparent there are plenty of outside agitators eager to inflame the situation, and it would be constructive if an equal number of outside peacemakers would show up as well.
Thumbs up to Mayo and Karlene Ryan of Fresno for providing 1,813 backpacks with supplies to students at King, Kirk, Lincoln and Columbia elementary schools during the first two days of school. The gifts are a project of the Timothy Ryan Memorial Fund, set up after the 1986 accidental death of their son.
Thumbs up to the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for waiving all adoption fees on cats and dogs through Aug. 31. Check out the free pets online at ccspca.com or at the Adoption Center located at 103 S. Hughes Ave. in Fresno. The CCSPCA has a goal of adopting out 2,800 pets this summer.