Thumbs up -To Brigham Young University for sticking to its guns.
When the school learned that basketball player Brandon Davies had had sexual relations with his girlfriend, it suspended him from the nation’s third-ranked basketball team.
At most other schools, officials wouldn’t have blinked an eye. But BYU is a private school affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, and requires its students — athletes and non-athletes alike — to agree to adhere to its honor code.
The code requires students to be honest, live chaste and virtuous lives, obey the law, respect others, abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse, attend church services regularly and observe the dress code.
Davies’ suspension means he cannot represent the school or play on the team. However, he may accompany his teammates on campus and watch practices.
Rules are rules, and Davies agreed he would follow them. He broke his word. BYU officials kept theirs.
Thumbs up - To Wednesday’s Read Across America Day.
The 14th annual event sponsored by the National Education Association kicked off at the Library of Congress, where First Lady Michelle Obama and a number of notables read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to children. Across the nation, thousands of others did the same, all to encourage a love of reading.
The NEA and accompanying sponsors promote reading year-round, but the March 2 event coincides with the birthday of the late Theodor Geisel, better known to young and old as Dr. Seuss.
Thumbs up - To the Blue Angels 10K Fun Run on Saturday.
More than 160 people participated in the inaugural event, which started at Sunbeam Lake and ended at Naval Air Facility El Centro.
Thumbs up to the Navy Base for opening its gates to runners, bikers and walkers. At the finish line there were inflated jumpers, music and drawings for those who participated in the Fun Run. It was apparently such a success that plans have already begun for next year.