Thumbs up: To Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, who possesses the wisdom to understand that some epileptic children can benefit from a cannabis treatment, and is using his influence and talents to try to get that treatment legalized in our state.
Thumbs down: To a flesh-eating drug that has found a presence in Utah. An emergency room in Utah has discovered cases that involve the drug krokodil, which has side effects that include large open sores and scaly skin for its unfortunate users.
Thumbs up: To the Utah Quilt Guild, which has made large comfort quilts for local law enforcement authorities. Syracuse police received 20 handmade quilts. The quilts are used to comfort distressed children who are in an accident or crime scene.
Thumbs down: To roiling gasoline prices in Utah. They've dropped a bit, which is nice although the price is still outrageous. And, as sure as daylight savings time arrives, we know gas prices will go up again.
Thumbs up: To Madalyn Allred of West Weber. The Weber State University student and Roy Complex swim teacher trains 15 to 20 hours a week for grueling Xterra competitions. That hard work has paid. She's headed to the world Xterra competition in Hawaii.
Thumbs down: To more school shootings. In Nevada, a 12-year-old killed a teacher and wounded two of his fellow students before killing himself. The shooter got the gun from home. In Massachusetts a 14-year-old boy allegedly murdered a teacher. It's tragic but must leave us with a resolve to better protect our children and school personnel.