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Medals are seen being handed out to kids racing during the Kwik Star Criterium in the Village of East Davenport on Monday, May 29, 2017. Formerly known as the Quad-Cities Criterium, the gathering of cyclists marked the 52nd annual iteration of the event.

Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Thumbs up to organizers for the Kwik Star Criterium for taking a huge step toward gender equality that few are willing to make.

The organizers of last week's event in the Village of East Davenport unveiled that female pro cyclists who make the podium would receive the same prize money as the men. Unsurprisingly, the number of women competing in the race doubled this year.

In too many cases, women make far less than their male counterparts in sport. But gender inequality persists throughout society, from CEOs to blue-collar work. Social scientists cite the requirements of motherhood as one reason women often have gaps in their resumes.

The move by the local Criterium speaks to a sweeping movement throughout sport to normalize pay between the sexes. It won't fix the overall parental leave problem, but it's the type of systematic change that's needed throughout society. 

Thumbs down to Govs. Kim Reynolds and Bruce Rauner for remaining silent while their peers acted on climate change.

Governors in New York and California — two of the nation's largest economies — pledged to abide by standards outlined the Paris Climate Accord, from which President Donald Trump this week walked away.

Trump's goals are obvious, if incredibly myopic: Appease his base and stick it to his predecessor. But the two Republican governors aren't bound by such partisan spiteful small-mindedness.

Both Iowa and Illinois benefit from the technological advances that are remaking how Americans produce energy. Wind power is big in the Hawkeye State and growing. Same goes for Illinois, which also last year bolstered its commitment to nuclear energy. 

Coal is going the way of the dodo, regardless of what government does or doesn't do. Accepting that fact would be good for Iowans, Illinoisans and the planet. 

Thumbs up to Lyn Cochran, the incoming president of Scott Community College.

Cochran will replace Teresa Paper, who is retiring in August, college officials announced this week. She's an administrator at Iowa State University Extension. That experience should translate well into the realm of being the face of a community college. 

Paper has done a yeoman's job throughout her five years atop SCC. We wish Paper well as she heads into retirement. And Cochran looks a fine choice to assume the mission Paper leaves behind.

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