Thumbs up: To our nation’s high school graduation rate. According to government estimates, the percentage of public school kids who graduate is at its highest level — 78 percent — in about 40 years.
Thumbs down: To the apparent skepticism of the U.S. Supreme Court on allowing police to order blood tests for DUI suspects. In oral arguments, justices seem to want a warrant to be obtained. In our opinion, an immediate blood test can resolve many DUI disputes, and also prevent law officers from abusing their role in the arrests.
Thumbs up: To the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama to a second term as U.S. president. Our thumbs up is not a belated endorsement of the president, but rather satisfaction that once again, in the U.S., there is a peaceful transition to a presidential term.
Thumbs down: To the death of a rare California condor in Zion National Park. Its death is believed due to eating bullet-riddled carcasses of wild game.
Thumbs up: To a planned resolution in the Utah Legislature, from Rep. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, that would so-called “boxcar bills,” where legislators file empty bills and fill them up later. That’s bad practice for politics, where transparency should be paramount.
Thumbs down: To the unreliable FrontRunner schedule and time arrangements that have occurred since FrontRunner South opened. It’s been a hassle for many commuters who trust UTA to get them where they want to go on time. Other cities don’t have these glitches due to hitting timepoints on schedules.