Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs down to Robert Kekaula, a Hawaiian TV sports announcer, for insulting Fresno at the end of the broadcast of the Fresno State-Hawaii football game. He concluded the game, which Fresno State won 28-21, with a cheap shot: “Good night from the armpit of America.” After viewers who felt the comment was inappropriate complained, Fresno State received a letter of apology from the announcer, which has been accepted.

Thumbs down to the White House Rural Council, which this week picked places around the country to help people provide local food for communities in need. In California, the council picked little, rural Los Angeles. Why not the San Joaquin Valley, which actually has rural communities and local food sources that need to hook up?

Thumbs up to the southwest Fresno police officers for hosting the 11th annual Spirit of Christmas event today 4:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m., then again Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 4:30-8:30 p.m. at 1211 Fresno St. in the Foodmaxx Shopping Center. The children will be treated to photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a stuffed bear and warm clothing. These may seem like small gestures, but they foster a good relationship between the police force and the community it serves.

Thumbs up to Dr. Jennifer Randles, Fresno State sociology professor, for her work studying low-income fathers in Fresno. She has recently received two national awards from the American Sociological Association.

The Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) Grant Award from the Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy will support her research on engaged and positive paternal involvement among low-income fathers in Fresno.

The Article of the Year Award for 2014 by the ASA Sociology of the Family Section was presented for her article, “Repackaging the ‘Package Deal’: Promoting Marriage for Low-Income Families by Targeting Paternal Identity and Reframing Marital Masculinity.” We are fortunate to have someone gathering information that may help the community build up strong fathers.