U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks at a town hall meeting Thursday in Charles City, Iowa.

ARIAN SCHUESSLER, The (Mason City) Globe Gazette

Thumbs up to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley who, after a slew of nasty town hall meetings, stood up for constituents amid attempts by the White House to delegitimize them.

Grassley initially hedged when the Trump administration blamed the firestorm facing members of Congress on "paid protesters," merely saying he hadn't seen evidence to support the White House claim.

But, in the days since, Grassley has more forcefully rejected the White House assertion, even though it's directed at many of his political opponents. We hope his pushback becomes more vocal, especially in Washington. 

That's more like the Grassley we've come to know. 

Thumbs down to cell phones and civil liability.

OK. Both are important. But the baseball purists among us can't help but cringe as nets are installed at Modern Woodmen Park. The nets, installed after league officials advised doing so, will run the length of both foul lines. It's the direct result of people not paying attention and getting hit by balls and bats.

The nets protect teams and leagues against lawsuits. But they'll most certainly disrupt immersion. 

Thumbs up to Mayor Frank Klipsch for offering several common-sense revisions to his proposed changes that would replace Davenport Levee Improvement Commission.

Klipsch has increased the number of regular meetings for the would-be replacement committee that would oversee parks, the riverfront and Adler Theatre. He'd also give the otherwise advisory panel some teeth by requiring a majority vote of the City Council in order to override it.