Thumbs up: To Madison Shreve, 11, of Roy, who used her earnings from friendship bracelets she made and sold to help Rich Thompson in his fight against cancer. Thompson is a friend of Madison's dad. Madison originally planned to use her sales proceeds to buy an iPod before finding this more worthy cause.
Thumbs down: To Utah's lax record when it comes to avoiding pollution, which is hard to ignore in these days of inversions. According to a national study, Utah's power plants are among the worse polluters in the nation.
Thumbs up: To Ogden High School's new renovation, which is now on display. It's been a long process, but the architectural renovation has been completed. Millions of dollars were spent, including $9 million from local funds, to renovate the auditorium.
Thumbs down: To the scores of Utahns who were selfish enough to go out driving while drunk during the long New Year's weekend. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, 107 DUI arrests were logged.
Thumbs up: To Weber State University, for its scholarly research on concussions in snow sports. This work, which may protect athletes in the future from injuries, is part of what a quality university such as WSU offers.
Thumbs down: To Lance Armstrong, cyclist "champion." After denying strong evidence of steroids use that has gotten him banned from competition, the athlete is, according to reports, plotting to launch his "comeback" by confessing his misdeeds to Oprah Winfrey. The kitsch of it all is appalling; what's worse is it all may work.