Who deserves praise and criticism this week in Northern Utah?

Monday , April 09, 2018 - 4:30 AM

Standard-Examiner Editorial Board

THUMBS DOWN: To those who don’t know or knowingly violate crosswalk rules.

The rule is generally to yield to pedestrians wherever a crosswalk is posted or painted, particularly at stop signs and at busy throughways, such as the ones marked between 26th and 22nd streets on Washington Boulevard.

Ogden and Weber County has its fair share of hit-and-run cases. Some of them are still unsolved years later.

There’s nothing urgent enough, no driver important enough, to put pedestrian lives at risk. Know the laws and obey them.

THUMBS UP: To the loved ones who dreamed up “Operation Blankie” to help a little boy in Kaysville.

Zach Skaggs is 4-years-old and has autism. He’s smart and sweet, but struggles verbally and socially. As many tiny humans do, he relies on “blankie” for comfort. The blanket is worn and faded. His mother, Haylee Skaggs, began to dread the day when it could no longer be patched and repaired, particularly because production of the same “blankie” has stopped.

Enter seven friends of Zach’s mom, Haylee Skaggs, who worked together to secure 10 more versions of the same bedding. It was a small gesture but one what will provide years of comfort to a very special boy.

THUMBS UP: To the woman suing the LDS Church after she says an MTC president attempted to rape her in the 1980s.

She claims the church didn’t handle her reports of the abuse appropriately and wants the institution to change the way it handles allegations of assault, according to reporting by the Associated Press.

McKenna Denson, 55, believes reports of abuse should be given to police, not just a church hotline as currently directed, according to Craig Vernon, who is Denson’s attorney.

While Denson deserves to be believed, we’re not here to tell you how to think about that. Instead, consider the pervasive cover-ups of sexual abuse that have plagued the Catholic Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other religions. And of course Denson’s claim isn’t the first time such abuse of power has been shown in the LDS Church.

More transparency, support and change to address past crimes and prevent future abuses would be a good thing for all.

THUMBS DOWN: To Utah State University for staying complacent for years as reports of horrific sexual abuse came from its piano program.

There’s almost too much going wrong in this program to specifically name, according to Salt Lake Tribune reporting, but it appears allegations of sexual abuse were brought against at least four instructors and the university essentially looked the other way.

A pervasive culture of undervaluing and abusing women was perpetuated and promoted by Gary Amano, head piano instructor.

While the university should be pursuing a criminal investigation against the accused, they instead announced Friday Amano has “retired.” They also offered feeble plans to change/expand the university’s Title IX office and create a task force to examine gender discrimination campuswide.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced in September 2017 that it will conduct an investigation into how the university handles sexual assault complaints, according to the Utah Statesman.

Students, donors to the school and alumni should be seriously considering how they can compel the university to clean up its leadership and its unacceptable behavior — clearly, they’re not interested in doing it on their own accord.

Have a thumbs up or thumbs down you’d like to give? Email an idea of 100 words or less to managing editor Anne Christnovich at achristnovich@standard.net.

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