Thumbs up: To Gov. Gary Herbert, who reiterated that Utah has every intention of following federal gun laws. It's an important reminder that none of the laws being debated on Capitol Hill infringe on an individual's Second Amendment rights.
Thumbs down: To the Utah State Legislature, for killing a proposal that would have restricted straight party voting. To vote is a privilege, and it would be nice if serious thought and perusal of candidates was endorsed by the legislative majority.
Thumbs up: To Allegiant Air, which provides commercial service to Ogden's airport. The company is planning to expand its fleet of jets, and that expansion may portend additional business to Ogden-Hinckley Airport.
Thumbs down: To the death of another man due to being tased twice by law enforcement and security personnel. A Logan man was tased once by police and again by a hospital security officer at Logan Regional Hospital. After the second tasing, he died.
Thumbs up: To those individuals who take the time to donate blood. It's important and highly appreciated. According to the Red Cross, 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
Thumbs down: To a new method of nickel-and-diming consumers. A recent settlement, wanted by the banks, allows retailers to tack on a 1.5 percent to 3 percent surcharge on credit card purchases. However, the deal does not apply to debit cards.