Thumbs up: To the idea of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to become Speaker of the House. The idea (link) was offered by columnist Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post. The speaker need not be a member of the House, and Huntsman would certainly provide a bipartisan spirit and willingness to compromise for the public good.
Thumbs down: To former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, for his return to Washington D.C. to be a lobbyist. Not only is Bennett leaving Utah, he recently complained that he had to wait two years, as the law dictates, to return to D.C. to be a lobbyist. So much for the reputation that the former senator was a reformer while in office.
Thumbs up: To the Ogden Clinic and a young boy, both with the Christmas spirit, which recently had an event called "Shop with a Doc." Besides providing needy children with a Christmas shopping trip to Target, the clinic also helped a boy they encountered at the store, who had had his bike stolen, by providing him money for gifts. Instead of using the money for himself, the boy bought gifts for his parents. Impressed, the clinic later bought the boy a new bike.
Thumbs down: To students and others who think it's fun to call in bomb hoaxes. It isn't, and we hope that those who do that are punished swiftly and severely.
Thumbs up: To Weber County officials, for keeping taxes under control. Taxes will either lower or stay the same for county residents.
Thumbs down: To the school children, and some of their parents, who took advantage of unfounded rumors of danger to stay away from school on Dec. 21. We suspect the majority of those who played hooky were fully aware there was no danger.