Thumbs up to U.S. Reps. Dave Loebsack and Cheri Bustos for attending Friday's presidential inauguration, while still committing to protest against President Donald Trump's most divisive policies.

A slew of Democrats refused to attend Trump's inauguration. Not only is it petty, but it disrespects the office.

Loebsack and Bustos will both march in protests today. They've taken a balanced approach that simultaneously nods to the peaceful transition of power and expresses displeasure with what Trump has said.

Thumbs down to the Chicago Cubs trophy tour. No. Not like that.

The Commissioner's Trophy is slated to pass through Davenport Jan. 30, a big event for thousands of Quad-Cities Cubs fans who waited generations for a World Series championship.

But the trophy will be on display at River Music Experience for only 90 minutes. Thousands are likely to show up. Hundreds are likely to go home without getting their moment with the trophy.

Thumbs up to Iowa Rep. Ken Rizer, R-Cedar Rapids, for his proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would, at least locally, defend the Fourth Amendment.

Rizer's amendment would add "electronic communications and data" to items protected against unreasonable search and seizure during state investigations.

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While doing nothing to quell the national surveillance state — and its distaste for constitutional protections — Rizer's amendment would bar Iowa law enforcement officials from adopting the federal approach.

It passed last year in the House but died in the Senate. We hope this year, Rizer's amendment gets traction and starts the long journey that ends with adoption to the state Constitution.

Thumbs up to Buffalo Elementary's use of cutting edge technology.

Virtual reality will bring far away worlds and microbial organisms to digital life for the school's science students.

The future is now.