* Winner/loser: For a brief period filmgoers in American Fork got to see the blockbuster movie "Titanic" without nudity and sexually charged scenes. Towne Cinema owner Carol Allred edited the film to offer an alternative to parents leery of allowing their children to see the steamy scenes.
But the steam that was removed quickly found its way to Hollywood where Paramount, the studio that produced the film, ordered Allred to pull the plug. "We had a lot of disappointed kids," Allred said Tuesday morning. Many familes had driven from Salt Lake City on Monday to see the film without the sexual scenes. Allred wishes there was a way to show edited movies, just as they're shown on television or on airline flights. It would be nice if her wish came true.* Winner: "Happy trails" may soon be the theme song for Summit County. Recreation planners are developing a 70-mile network of pedestrian and bike trails there that could remind recreational enthusiasts of Sun Valley's elaborate trail system. The master plan calls for a series of north-south and east-west trails, reaching from Jeremy Ranch to Deer Valley Resort and Jordanelle State Park. In Park City, work will soon begin to finish a 12-foot wide paved bicycle and pedestrian trail along the west side of U-224. Residents and visitors alike will soon be able to enjoy the outdoors even more in this scenic county.
* Winner: While strict, at least new rules on fraternization in the military provide some much-needed uniformity. Wednesday the Pentagon announced prohibitions on close or intimate relationships between officers and enlisted troops throughout all branches of the military.
The Army, where superiors and subordinates in many cases may now date and marry, will be affected the most. The Marines, Air Force and Navy already ban most relationships between officers and those they command. More and more women are joining the military. Women comprise 14 percent of the 1.4 million force compared with 1 percent 30 years ago.
Those who violate the policy face a maximum two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for enlisted personnel and dismissal from the military for officers. Makes sense.
Loser: The disturbing trend of couples living together without getting married continues. The number of unmarried couples topped the 4 million mark for the first time according to this week's Census Bureau report. The bureau estimated there were 4,130,000 unwed couples as of March 1997, up from 3,958,000 a year earlier. In 1960, there were fewer than a half-million unmarried couples. The total topped 1 million in 1978, passed 2 million in 1986 and reached 3 million in 1991. Of the unwed couples, 1,470,000, or about 36 percent, had a child under age 15.
Next, someone needs to tally the overall costs of this mess to society.