Thumbs up: To Maria Easton of the Roy Fire Department. Easton made history recently by becoming the first female fire captain for the Top of Utah city.
Thumbs down: To efforts in the Utah Legislature to enact an online sales tax. It's not a smart bill for the state to embrace. If we're going to end up with Internet taxation, it's best debated within the U.S. Congress.
Thumbs up: To South Ogden's National Guard armory, which is all spiffed up. The 54-year-old building recently received a yearlong remodeling project at its 625 E. 5300 South location.
Thumbs down: To the bureaucratic hurdles that will accompany Americans wanting to apply for benefits under Obamacare. As of Oct. 1, a 15-page application awaits. Congress needs to do its job and make this easier.
Thumbs up: To Jared Nielson, a Roy nurse who used his expertise to help those injured in an automobile wreck. Nielson, who works at McKay-Dee Hospital, used his expertise to help at the scene of a wreck on 31st Street in Ogden.
Thumbs down: To the Utah State Senate, that wasted time on an unnecessary gun bill that Gov. Gary Herbert will likely veto. HB76 allows a person to openly carrying a firearm to cover the weapon with a coat without being in violation of state law if they lack a concealed carry permit.