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Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and grandc…

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THUMBS DOWN: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, put a dang mask on already! Utah has seen a dramatic uptick in positive COVID-19 tests in recent weeks, made possible through relaxed state and county health orders. The situation has reached such a concerning level that Dr. Angela D…

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THUMBS UP: Thumbs up to the Multicultural COVID-19 Task Force for Ogden. The group formed recently in response to the higher concentration of COVID-19 cases in Ogden’s Latino community. Latinos make up just 10.9% of the residents in Weber and Morgan counties, but they account for 42.9% of th…

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THUMBS UP: Mail-in ballots went out this past week for Utah’s June 30 primary, and Utah’s election officials say that despite the fear-mongering in other parts of the country, vote-by-mail is “very, very secure.” Utah has had plenty of experience with balloting by mail, a process first emplo…

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THUMBS UP: To everyone — the organizers, the participants, the police officers tasked with keeping all safe — involved in last weekend’s “Take a Knee” rally on the steps of the Ogden City Municipal Building. At a time when protests surrounding the George Floyd killing have often become viole…

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THUMBS UP: To Kaysville residents for not backing down and standing up for their health. In the continuing saga of “Where in the World Will Utah Business Revival and Katie Witt Go to Host Their Constitutionally Protected Collin Raye Concert,” Kaysville residents and the city council answered…

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THUMBS UP: To the Weber, Davis and Box Elder sheriff's offices for working to prevent COVID-19 in their jails. Civil liberties groups Wednesday dropped most Utah counties from a petition before the Utah Supreme Court that asked for accelerated inmate releases. The counties are complying with…

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THUMBS UP: To teachers! Theirs has been an especially difficult occupation these last few months. How do you effectively instruct hordes of pupils from afar while your primary means of interaction is a screen? Such a task would leave us feeling like a wide-eyed kindergartner, but they're mak…

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THUMBS UP: To the prospect of brighter days before us. Leaders from around Weber, Davis and Morgan counties announced Wednesday a plan to begin scaling back certain restrictions brought about by the widespread coronavirus pandemic, starting May 2. That’s welcome news to Utahns who understand…

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THUMBS UP: To the IRS for scaling back operations at its Ogden campus to essential services, thus allowing many workers to stay home, at least until April 20. The agency is a big employer here, and the move safeguards workers and helps guard against the spread of coronavirus around the city …

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THUMBS UP: The Weber State University Dumke College of Health Professions recently donated and delivered medical supplies, including ventilators and N95 face masks, to McKay-Dee Hospital, Midtown Community Health Center and Ogden Clinic to help those facilities prepare for an expected increa…

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THUMBS UP: To the Ogden City Council for considering a resolution to urge Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to enact a 60-day moratorium on evictions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Councilman Rich Hyer rightly brought up concerns about such a measure taking the financial burden from one party (r…

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THUMBS UP: Rocky Mountain Power, Dominion Energy, Ogden City and other local utilities for temporarily suspending non-payment disconnections to support the state of emergency response to COVID-19. Many people will experience disruptions to their regular income during the emergency and it's c…

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THUMBS UP: To those who participated in Tuesday’s presidential primary election. I could go on about how important it is to participate in the democratic process but instead will say that Utah’s contributions on Super Tuesday have increased the state’s importance, attending the rallies being…

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THUMBS UP: Northern Utah’s health departments, private care providers and other institutions continue to do a thorough job of making sure that as many people as possible get flu shots each year. This community-wide effort saves lives and reduces levels of sickness, especially in the most vul…

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THUMBS UP: We’re happy to see the mountains glowing with fresh snow this month. As of Jan. 1, Utah’s snow water equivalent was 29% higher than normal, which is great news after the relatively dry November and December we had. We hope the snow will continue to fall throughout the winter. The …

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THUMBS UP: Happy New Year from the staff at the Standard-Examiner. We hope 2020 is filled with progress on Northern Utah's utmost issues, from insightful planned development to improvement on roads and construction, and uplifting those in our community that are stuck in the cycle of intergen…

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In an article today by Standard-Examiner reporter Tim Vandenack, we learned about a recent push by local residents to help retired first responders — namely retired firefighters in Northern Utah.

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We’ve got a whopping thumbs down this week for air quality. We’re all guilty parties in this, and we literally have to live with it. It was so poor along the Wasatch (Davis and Weber included) that planes were redirected as they couldn’t land in Salt Lake City amidst the trapped fog and smog…