Thumbs up: To the Weber-Morgan Health Department for featuring Ogden-area youths in its bus ads promoting smoke-free public places. The Utah Transit Authority was presented with the health department's Friend of Public Health Award to recognize the worthy campaign.
Thumbs down: To the lack of civility demonstrated by some elected officials to each other in North Ogden, Syracuse and Brigham City. Issues can be debated at city council meetings without resorting to threats or name-calling. Those elected to leadership in their communities should be professional in their conduct at all times.
Thumbs up: To the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling that human genes cannot be patented. This will prevent companies from monopolizing research and testing, limiting doctors' options in treating patients. The court did correctly rule that synthetically created DNA strands are "patent eligible." That research is creative in nature and should be protected.
Thumbs down: To the Utah Boy Scout leaders wearing their uniforms while marching in the Utah Pride Parade. While we support their right to march in the parade, and believe the Scouts should be inclusive, wearing their uniforms was a clear violation of Scout policy. The policy is in place to keep Scouts and their leaders from appearing to endorse political positions. This situation was no different from the Scout troop that greeted Mitt Romney in uniform while he was running for president. In that case, the Scout leaders were chastised by the national organization.
Thumbs up: To Utah residents and government for making the state's economy the envy of many. A recent survey compiled by the National Association of State Budget Officers shows Utah's economy continues to project a more stable economic picture than most other states.
Thumbs up: To Weber State University's football program for recently hosting 21 families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Players and coaches ran the kids through a variety of drills with the intent of involving everyone, including those in wheelchairs.