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July 14, 2018

Each week the Standard-Examiner hashes out issues large and small and takes a thumbs-up, thumbs-down stance. Have a thumbs-up or thumbs-down you’d like to give? Email a submission of 100 words or less to jmccabe@standard.net.

Here’s what we recommend this week for praise and criticism:

THUMBS UP: To the Utah chapter of March for Our Lives, which late this week secured a venue in Salt Lake City for today’s town hall with Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors.

The group had planned to use the Megaplex Theaters for the event, but that contract was canceled days before the event. The town hall will now take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Mountain America Expo Center, 90 South West Temple in Salt Lake City.

Those who had tickets for the town hall at the movie theater in South Jordan will automatically have tickets at the new venue.

Tickets can be obtained online through Eventbrite. Attendees are encouraged to bring identification.

The town hall is part of the “Road to Change” bus tour, a nationwide event launched June 15 in Chicago by the school shooting survivors and March for Our Lives organizers, including Emma González, David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky.

They were expected to join local activists at the Megaplex Theatres in South Jordan.

On Wednesday, Megaplex Theatres canceled the town hall in South Jordan citing security concerns after Utah Gun Exchange, an online gun marketplace, was encouraging its members to attend the town hall in South Jordan. The Utah Gun Exchange has been following the “Road to Change” tour throughout the country, holding counter-rallies advocating for gun rights.

THUMBS UP: To the Weber County commissioners, who this week appropriated $1.29 million in grant money for continued development of existing or planned recreational facilities.

The funds, which come from the county’s .1-percent sales tax earmarked for recreation, arts, museums and parks development, will go to new parks taking shape in South Ogden and Pleasant View, along with the Barker Park Amphitheater in North Ogden and the Spence Eccles Ogden Community Sports Complex at 1950 Monroe Blvd.

THUMBS UP: To the Ogden Pioneer Days, as we learned this week that the rodeo’s rickety old bleachers on the north side of Ogden Pioneer Stadium, 668 17th St., have been replaced with new individual chair seating — courtesy of the Utah Jazz NBA team. Early this year, the Jazz gifted 7,500 of its green stadium seats to the city of Ogden. The iconic green seats had been removed during renovations to the Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the state’s professional basketball team.

“It’s fabulous,” said Craig Bielik, director of marketing for Ogden Pioneer Days. “It changes the whole look of the arena. The nice green color matches nicely with the background and the trees. They’re shiny and new, and they look safe.”

And not only do the new seats look safe, they are safe.

Dave Halverson, Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo director, said for more than 50 years the bleachers on the north side of the stadium were essentially the stuff of wooden planks and metal poles.

Overall, there are a few fewer seats in the stadium, but not many.

This year’s Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo begins July 19 and continues nightly — except Sunday — through Pioneer Day, July 24. Tickets range from $7 to $30, available through smithstix.com.

THUMBS UP: To U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and others who are moving to allow states to have more leeway in deciding on daylight savings time.

Bishop, a Republican from Brigham City, introduced the Daylight Act, which would give states authority to maintain daylight saving time hours or standard time year-round. He sees it as a states’ rights issue.

“For any student of federalism, this is a no-brainer,” Bishop said. “The range of industry and lifestyle is so varied across our country, it only makes sense for states to have the ability to set their watches the way they best see fit.”

Per his measure, states would be able to stick with the status quo, recognizing standard time in the fall and winter and springing an hour forward to daylight saving time in the spring and summer. They would also be able to stick with daylight saving time year-round, which is currently not allowed.

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