A need for compassion • Banning smoking inside government-subsidized housing units is a reasonable way to cut the costs of maintenance and cleaning, and it could prevent fires. But a Layton housing manager is going too far by banning smoking anywhere inside, or outside, in the apartment complex for low-income people. Other subsidized-housing managers in Utah have provided places outside where residents can smoke and be sheltered from the weather, but apparently the Slyline View Apartments manager hopes to induce residents to quit smoking by forcing them out of their homes. That isn't likely to work, and a forced move will be expensive for people who can't afford more expenses. Compassion may be more in line.
A matter of responsibility • People driving Utah highways with improperly secured loads have left everything including a kitchen sink in traffic lanes where they cause sometimes fatal accidents for other motorists. In 2012, items that had fallen from vehicles caused 710 accidents and one death a motorcyclist who hit a mattress on Interstate 15 in Box Elder County. That destruction is utterly preventable as well as illegal. Those who throw litter onto the highways or fail to adequately secure loads of trash or other items are liable for at least a $200 fine on a first offense. Commercial drivers can be fined at least $500. The debris can damage vehicles, whether or not it causes an accident. And it's a dangerous proposition for officers to remove it from a highway where vehicles are hurtling past at 80 mph. If you think something will somehow stay in a truck or trailer without being tied down, you're wrong.