The weekend papers were particularly rich in subjects to comment on:
* The story Saturday about Layton homeowner Clare B. Niederhauser, who was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, is drawing a lot of comment on our website, www.standard.net.
Niederhauser was arrested because he used his pistol to take a couple shots at a burglar he saw leaving his house. Several of his neighbors told us they feel he was unjustly busted, because he was just defending his home.
Niederhauser has the right to defend his home, but shooting at a guy who is running away and presenting no physical threat is a no-no. Spraying lead around the neighborhood is even worse.
Police are trained to look beyond who they are shooting at to make sure there's nobody there. People whose weapons training consists of "Dirty Harry" movies might not know how important that is.
Here's the thing: Nobody has any idea where Niederhauser's bullets went. If they had hit a car, or dog, or child, the neighbors supporting Niederhauser might be feeling differently.
* Speaking of guns, a belated shout-out to Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, for trying to clarify the state law on what constitutes "disorderly conduct" when people are carrying guns around in public.
Until the NRA comes up with a system of coded T-shirts so the "bad guys with guns" are easy to spot, we're all better off if people just leave their dangerous toys at home.
* Kudos to Alan Hall for donating $3.5 million to Weber State University to set up a sales education center. Alan and his wife, Jeannie, have used the money they made building and selling MarketStar to pay the community back in more ways than I can count, and this is just one more.
* Monday's "Red and Rover" cartoon referred to Walt Disney's "Donald in Mathmagic Land."
I saw that cartoon in the movie theater when it came out in 1959 -- it accompanied "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" -- and always felt it was the perfect blend of entertainment and education. It shows how mathematics applies to all aspects of daily life, including music, nature, building design and art.
A quick computer search shows "Donald in Mathmagic Land" is used in schools today. If any local teachers haven't tried it yet, there are lots of teacher guides and worksheets aimed at fifth- through 10th-grade students. The film all by itself is lots of fun and educational.
* Thanks to Intermountain Healthcare for donating $10,000 to the Midtown Clinic, so the clinic can provide care for 200 more patients discharged from hospital emergency rooms or in-patient psychiatric units.
This is an excellent example of how a little money spent providing care for people who don't have insurance can save huge hospital costs.
Former President George W. Bush and presidential candidate Mitt Romney both said the U.S. doesn't need to broaden health care access because everyone can go to an emergency room and be treated.
Those guys need to talk to a hospital accountant about how much their advice costs.
My recent visit to the McKay-Dee emergency room for pneumonia -- the hour and date left me no option -- cost me and my insurance company $5,000. If a patient lacks insurance, the hospital spreads that cost to all the other patients.
The math is stark: $5,000 for one person, or $10,000 for 200. I will never understand why people who oppose health care reform refuse to see that.
Fortunately, Intermountain Healthcare and Midtown do.