OUR VIEW: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Jul 6 2012 - 5:30pm

Thumbs up to Ogden and Weber County firefighters for their quick response and effective way they battled a fast-moving brush fire Tuesday morning at the mouth of Ogden Canyon. Their efforts prevented the fire from being much worse under such extreme conditions. No structures were damaged, and the effective and prompt manner in which residents were evacuated prevented any injuries.

Thumbs down to irresponsible gun owners who seemed oblivious to the mounting fire danger and continued to go out target shooting on public lands with bullets that created sparks. As a result of their carelessness, more than 20 wildfires were ignited in Utah over the last two months. This created a dilemma for politicians and responsible gun owners who had to deal with the necessity of supporting a ban on target shooting during the fire season.

Thumbs up to Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson for spearheading an effort to get area gun ranges to provide free access to shooters during the fire season. Ranges in Centerville, Bountiful and Fruit Heights are considering the proposal.

Thumbs down to the tagger who defaced seven murals at Ogden's Pioneer Stadium last week. The obscene and bigoted graffiti marred the beautiful murals that reflect the community's diversity.

Thumbs up to Ogden city parks crews who quickly cleaned up the defaced murals before the Hot Rock'n 4th celebration in the stadium. The city plans to contact some of the volunteer artists who created the murals to paint over graffiti that couldn't be removed. The city is offering a $100 reward for information on the identity of the tagger. The
Standard-Examiner will add another $100 to double the reward. Anyone
with information is asked to call
Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley at
801-629-8210.

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