Thumbs up: To State Superintendent Martell Menlove, who takes his responsibility overseeing Utah schools seriously. Menlove has been an active figure of late, serving on a panel in Ogden that addressed educational issues and taking a bus ride with students in North Salt Lake as part of National School Bus Safety Week.
Thumbs down: To not knowing your own endurance on the trails. A Davis County man has twice hiked the Great Western Trail and twice has needed to be rescued, at considerable expense to taxpayers.
Thumbs up: To screen legend Robert Redford, who will be honored on Nov. 9 by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert for helping to promote Utah globally through the celebrated Sundance Film Festival, part of which is in Ogden.
Thumbs down: To threatening phone scammers, who, we are happy to say, did not con a Fruit Heights woman, Jennifer Morris, 22, when a scammer called and attempted to extort money from her, claiming he would kill her parents. She confirmed that her parents were safe.
Thumbs up: To Top of Utahn Laura Warburton, of Huntsville, who has secured several locations for persons to donate warm clothing for homeless youths. Some of the sites are Weber High School, Snowcrest Junior High and Valley Market, in Eden. For more information, email email@example.com.
Thumbs down: To the continued failure of the federal exchange website for the Affordable Care Act. Using experts from the private sector, it's hoped the bugs will be fixed by December. Its shoddy construction by the fed's contractor is a black eye for government.