Cheers and Jeers is a collection of quick hits of praise and comments on local, state and national issues. The Sun encourages readers to submit their own Cheers and Jeers. Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Cheers to the Promise Center board and the decision to rename the center after board president Fred Aguilar. Aguilar is a visible member of the community and works hard for the benefit of others. It was an incredible, thoughtful gesture by the board and could not have gone to a more deserving person.
• Cheers to Jim Ferris and the work he performed to bring relief to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas. At his own expense, Ferris flew much needed supplies in his plane with fellow pilot Tennessee Garvey. Those who know Ferris are the last to be surprised by his acts of kindness and humanity. The pictures he shared also helped bring better understanding to a tragedy from miles away.
• Cheers to the Baytown Symphony Orchestra for kicking off another season this past weekend. The orchestra began its 52nd season fresh off a year of uncertainty thanks to finances. Those that want to help can attend a mixer at Yepez Vineyard that has been rescheduled to Oct. 27. Whether it is through a financial donation or attendance at a concert, be sure and support BSO as it continues to be one of the things that make the Baytown community unique.
• Jeers to the NBA and China debacle begun with a tweet supporting protests. Funny how Darryl Morey kicked this humdinger off with a tweet in support of protests in Hong Kong. Morey, like many others in the country, supports democracy. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly issued a sharp rebuke along with the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Houston. Before you know it, the NBA is also on Morey’s case about the tweet. Apparently it is OK for players and coaches to voice their opinion about American politics, but address the oppressive stance of a communist regime and all Hades breaks loose. China is jumping off the deep end with hurt feelings, canceling deals and putting its business relationship with the NBA on the rocks. The NBA has since revised its stance to state it supported Morey’s right to freedom of expression and would live with the economic consequences of the tweet. Maybe it’s learned a lesson. As for Morey, maybe someone can give him a civics award or something.