Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 21, 2012

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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! Three decades of service. The United World College is celebrating 30 years of bringing the best and the brightest students to the campus. The college — the only such school in the United States — was founded by wealthy entrepreneur Armand Hammer in 1982 and counts Prince Charles among its distinguished patrons and visitors.

THUMBS DOWN! Losing a vital service. The Salvation Army thrift store is scheduled to close down today, Sept. 21. Most of its patrons will doubtless agree that the store served a vital service, in addition to being a business anchor of sorts for downtown. Plans are to continue to provide auxiliary services, such as the food pantry, but the store itself will cease to operate. Here’s hoping the public will find a replacement business to allow it to deliver and purchase goods. We’ve grown accustomed to the efficient, courteous service provided by the staff: Rose Martinez, Evelyn Duran, Mae Erickson, Dorothi Garcia and Carmen Gress; and volunteers Al Flores and Bobbi Wheat. We appreciate all they have done.

THUMBS UP! Good choice for superintendent. It didn’t take long for the West Las Vegas school board to choose Gene Parson as superintendent to fill the void created by Ruben Cordova, who resigned the top post earlier this month. Parsons is a well-liked and proven administrator who we feel confident will fill his new job well.

THUMBS DOWN! Ouch! It hurts when all three local football teams — the Highlands Cowboys, the  Robertson Cardinals and the West Las Vegas Dons — all go down in defeat after looking at promising gridiron campaigns. We have confidence all three teams will be back. Soon.

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“I hope they walk away with compassion for others and for a sense of our common humanity despite our difference and for a real sense of both their opportunity and responsibility to have a positive impact in the world.”
— Lisa Darling, president of UWC-USA, about what she hopes the college’s students leave the school with.