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Our View Thumbs up, thumbs down - Ogden Clinic provided source, Standard-Examiner 12/13/2013

(Standard-Examiner) OGDEN -Thumbs up: To Ogden Clinic personnel. For the second year of what is planned as an annual program, kids from Ogden-Weber Head Start were able to "Shop with a Doc," receive a gift card to spend on gifts, a holiday stocking, and also learn to be comfortable with doctors.

Thumbs down: To the shortfall of funding for the Lantern House. The 34,000-square-foot shelter is planned to be at 33rd Street and Pacific Avenue in Ogden. Still, $1 million is needed. To donate, go to

Thumbs up: To free classes at Weber County Library's Main Branch in Ogden, in which English as a Second Language students are taught about U.S. Customs, culture and communication. On Saturdays, volunteers provide their expertise by teaching.

Thumbs down: To the dangers of meningitis. According to the CDC, there is an outbreak of a serogroup B type meningococcal disease. It has occurred on both coasts of the nation, and physicians are warned to look for it in patients. In Utah, there are several strains of the disease discovered this year.

Thumbs up: To Ogden city's decision to raise fees for large, organized athletic events at Mount Ogden Park. The competitions wear on the park, and require a lot of preservation work. The fees, although higher, are still very reasonable.

Thumbs down: To Utahn Gilbert Prado, former staffer to U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is accused of lying about being injured in the Iraq war and receiving $18,000 in disability payments. He faces a 15-count indictment.