Thumbs up: To students at Ogden's Shadow Valley Elementary School, who are recycling their food scraps into compost. Lunch has become an opportunity for recycling for students.
Thumbs down: To the air in Utah, which flunked a major test. The American Lung Association's 2012 report noted some clean-air gains, but still gives Utah an "F."
Thumbs up: To local residents who spent time spiffing up Junction City on Earth Day. Volunteers walked eight blocks on the parkway, picking up trash.
Thumbs down: To those who stopped five- and six-year-olds from playing a soccer game on a Saturday morning in West Bountiful. It seems ridiculous that a police presence was needed to stop a game over a simple misunderstanding. The field would not have suffered an hour's use by the kids, who were disappointed.
Thumbs up: To those who helped raise funds to assist a Clearfield church. Youth at Clearfield Community Church saw hopes to go on a mission dashed due to a fire. Residents worked to make up the funds with a rummage and bake sale.
Thumbs down: To the U.S. Congress, and its weaseling over the Affordable Care Act. According to Politico, congressional leaders in both parties are trying to get themselves and staff exempt from the ObamaCare exchanges. We're not surprised at this latest example of hypocrisy.