Thumbs up: To the death of a plan that would have stored high-level nuclear waste in Utah. Private Fuel Storage has canceled its efforts to store the dangerous waste in Tooele County.
Thumbs down: To Russian President Vladimir Putin, for signing a bill that threatens adoptions of Russian children. It was a petty move that overrides a deal that Russia had with the U.S.; something that unfortunately can be expected from an anti-democratic leader such as Putin.
Thumbs up: To Ogden's wishes for RAMP funds. The RAMP Tax Advisory Board meets next month, and we hope that some of Ogden's wishes are granted, including funds for the high adventure park and pool covers for city pools.
Thumbs down: To Randy Horiuchi, member of the Salt Lake County Council and lobbyist for Utah Transit Authority. Horiuchi has disclosed, long after he should have, that he voted on issues involving UTA without disclosing his lobbying role.
Thumbs up: To Roy city, which used federal grant funds to hire an advocate for victims of domestic violence. The part-time employee will be an advocate from the time of the crime through the entire court process.
Thumbs down: To Utah's increase in gun deaths. From 2007 to 2011, there were 23 percent more gun deaths in the state than in 2001 to 2005. Suicides account for much of the increase.