Be your own boss • Employed Utah women earn less compared with men than do other American women. That disparity could be part of the reason for a surge in the number of women who've gone into business for themselves. Utah is ranked seventh nationally in the number of woman-owned businesses added in the past 16 years, increasing by 157 percent and putting women-owned businesses fifth in the nation in growth. The healthy number of companies owned and run by women 72,800 at last count means jobs for 58,300 people and $13 billion in sales. Best of all, women who work for themselves have more control over their schedules and their working lives and are less at the mercy of employers and bosses.
Be more honest • It's unconscionable that the University of Utah and other universities conducted research on premature babies without disclosing to their parents the level of risk to the infants. The 1,300 babies were given varying amounts of oxygen, even though previous research had shown that low oxygen could cause death and higher levels could lead to eye damage. The watchdog Public Citizen rightly demanded an apology from the National Institutes of Health, which funded the study. The university researchers should also make amends for the lack of disclosure in getting parents' consent to have their infants subjected to the experiments. The U. researchers are reviewing the consent forms used. What a good idea.