Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs Up: To Zions Bank by giving back to the community through its annual Paint-a-Thon. It’s great to see community members giving their time and resources to people who need it.

Thumbs up: The sculptures featured at Hogle Zoo that are made entirely of plastic recovered from beaches and oceans. They’re amazing works of art that serve as a heartfelt reminder of the importance of living more sustainably and trying to live without single-use plastics to save the sea creatures, among other things!

THUMBS DOWN: We’ve had a rash of tragic news from accidents lately, whether it’s 50 people being treated at hospitals from chlorine poisoning after an accident at a Pleasant Grove public pool, to hang gliders who have died in north Utah County. As the weather gets warmer and people start doing more activities outside, remember to stay safe. That includes wearing sunscreen, a helmet and a life jacket.

Thumbs Up: To Ivory Homes and its Workforce Housing Initiative launched in February with Gov. Gary Herbert. Ivory is reserving its most affordable homes for teachers, public safety professionals, veterans and members of the military, home construction workers and first time home buyers. These people work hard for the community at a fairly mediocre wage. Ivory not only has sold 60 of 200 homes available this year, but fully landscapes and also provides $2,000 for closing costs and other items for the home. These basic homes are throughout the Ivory Homes subdivisions including Broadview Shores in Provo and in Eagle Mountain.

Thumbs Up: To the Provo City School District which gave unanimous consent to purchase the Timp Kiwanis Park for $2.3 million from Provo. In return, Provo parks and recreation will take that purchase money and buy land from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just off Lakeview Parkway east of the Provo Airport for a regional athletic park, trails and playgrounds. The athletic park is set to bring in numerous competitions and championship tournament opportunities that will bring economic boosts to Provo.

Thumbs Up: One of the best things about Utah is a shaved ice in the summer. I love how the Polynesian culture has been so well adopted to popularize this treat. I look forward, every year, to a soft, smooth shaved ice. So few places do it right, and when they do, man is it good.

Thumbs Down: I feel like Utah’s state color is orange with all of the construction going on. Between the Interstate 15 construction in Lehi, the project on State Street in Provo, and the Bulldog Boulevard renovations, it is a nightmare getting in and out of Utah County sometimes. I understand it’ll all be for the better, but man, it’s a rough road leading up to it.

Thumbs Down: To former Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves for continuing to remind us that he was once our county commissioner. He should feel ashamed for making a woman, whom he sexually abused, relieve the trauma. Suing your past colleagues is embarrassing.

Thumbs Up: This late spring has made for some beautiful mountains! It’s a solid reminder that Utah is a lovely state and continually makes me question the statement that we live in a desert.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down includes submissions from the entire Daily Herald staff, and are not necessarily the opinion of the Daily Herald.