To your health: People, horses, planets and the West Valley City Police Department ...
Published: August 20, 2013 12:57PM
Updated: August 20, 2013 01:29PM
Courtesy of Jeremy Beckham Jerry, a 13-year-old horse, lies in a downtown street after collapsing on Aug. 17. Jerry later died.
Too many prescriptions — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial
According to the University of Utah School of Medicine researchers, too many doctors are prescribing strong antibiotics to patients when the patients don’t even need the antibiotic. ...... there is a downside to overprescribing antibiotics when the infection does not call for it. As Dr. Adam L. Hersh, senior author of the University of Utah study, says, bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics if they are put into our bodies too often. If that happens, the antibiotics won’t work as well when they are needed. Dr. Hersh suggests that doctors should consider holding off on antibiotics to see if a patient’s body can heal on its own.

WSU and alcohol: ‘Cougs looking out for Cougs’ — Seattle Times Editorial
Washington State University has launched an aggressive program to reduce alcohol abuse on campus, with a focus on incoming freshman.

Rules for horses: Animal workers deserve protection — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
The scene on a busy downtown street Saturday was sad and upsetting for the human tourists and Utahns who witnessed it. For Jerry, a 13-year-old carriage horse, it was potentially life-threatening.
Jerry collapsed in the near-100-degree heat of the afternoon near South Temple and State Street while pulling visitors seated in an ornate carriage around Salt Lake streets. He didn’t get up. [He's better now.]...
... There are questions that Salt Lake City officials must answer: Is it safe for horses to continue working in the hottest part of the day when the temperatures hover around 100 degrees? How does the heat, which matched record extremes this summer, affect horses, and what requirements should the city establish for the care of these hard-working beasts? ...

Denver should approve 5-cent disposable bag fee — Denver Post Editorial
... the disposable bags create an epic amount of trash, especially plastic ones, which float through cities like airborne jellyfish and get trapped in storm sewer grates, trees and creeks. ...

Trust and confidence — Deseret News Editorial
The determination by the Salt Lake County district attorney that police officers in West Valley City were not justified in the shooting death of 21-year-old Danielle Willard was the result of a fair, thorough and tenacious investigation — exactly what the law demands and what the citizens of the county deserve.
Critics of the ruling by District Attorney Sim Gill say it shows a lack of support for police officers. We believe it shows precisely the opposite.
For law enforcement to function effectively, officers must have the trust and confidence of the public. And such trust comes only when citizens know that police operate under clear rules and standards, particularly when deadly force is involved. ...