Beehive to Rep. John Dougall, R-Highland, for going out on a high note. After 10 years in office and a productive 2012 session, Dougall announced that he will not run for the Legislature again. If he runs for some other office, he should have momentum after proposing and supporting numerous bills this session aimed at government openness. We'd like to see him pursue a state office where he can continue watching out for taxpayers.
Beehive to Tom Hawkins, a sophomore at UVU, who reacted thoughtfully and civilly after an anonymous email was sent to students ripping him for being gay. He is running as a candidate for the vice president of clubs and organizations. Hawkins said the focus should be on his campaign and ideas for student government, not his sexual orientation. He also acknowledged other viewpoints and discouraged students from retaliating against those who liked the email. Regardless of how the vote tally goes, Hawkins looks like a winner in the campus elections. He's at least mature.
Buffalo Chip to Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups, whose lackadaisical management of his chamber's business on Capitol Hill resulted in bill backlogs, poor prioritizing, and at times confusion. Waddoups has announced that he won't be returning to the Legislature next year. That will provide an opportunity for somebody more interested in conducting the people's business efficiently to rise to the president's chair.
Beehive to Jeanne Whitmore, an American Fork mother who saw a need and set about filling it. A few years ago, she thought her son needed more personal attention to succeed in school. Most parents would give more help with homework or seek a tutor. Whitmore decided to start a charter school. That takes spine. She says her aim is to serve students from low-income homes. Winning state approval took nearly three years, but Aristotle Academy is now just a few months from opening, and it is drawing big interest: nearly 200 families and hundreds of teachers have applied. Here's to correctly perceiving a need and thinking big.