Thumbs up: To Emery Young, an eighth-grade student at Mount Ogden Junior High. Emery's efforts to save the jobs of Ogden School District media specialists netted her an interview with Superintendent Brad Smith, the man who plans to fire the teachers.
Thumbs down: To Tooele County commissioners, who are planning to fill a $4 million hole by cutting the health insurance of county employees who are retired or planning to retire. Promises matter little, it seems.
Thumbs up: To Weber State University, which announced the founding of the Boyd K. and Donna S. Packer Center for Family and Community Education. It will support and strengthen eight community and community outreach programs.
Thumbs down: To a wrong-way driver, who was arrested for suspicion of DUI after traveling north on a south freeway. At one point, a courageous UHP officer tried to stop the driver, Axel Garcia, of West Jordan, via a head-on collision. Both were unhurt.
Thumbs up: To Christel and Averi Thompson of Riverdale, who are paying it forward by raising money to help families, via selling homemade goods, at Good Foundations Academy. The academy helped their family when dad Rick had pancreatic cancer.
Thumbs down: To Utah's ranking of eighth in the nation for middle-aged suicides. There were 220 suicides by persons ages 35-64 in 2010. In 1999 there were only 131 suicides in that age group. The rise mirrors a national rise in suicides among that age group.