Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson confers with her attorney William J. Sueppel during Thursday’s hearing to remove her from office inside the council chambers in City Hall in Muscatine.


Thumbs down to Muscatine City Council, which ousted Mayor Diana Broderson Thursday without discussion.

In just three minutes, the council came to order, unanimously voted to remove Broderson from office and adjourned. 

It's not believable to think that a council took such a weighty, almost unprecedented action without hashing it out. So, where, exactly, did these conversations among council members actually occur?

That's just one of the many questions posed by this charade.

For now, Muscatine City Council got its way. But there's little doubt it's not over. Lawsuits can get expensive.

Thumbs up to Bettendorf and Isle of Capri, a partnership that will soon yield a new riverfront park. 

The city will contribute about a quarter of the $1.1 million cost for demolition, construction and landscaping. The casino will spearhead the construction while the city will assume maintenance responsibilities going forward. 

Public access to Bettendorf's riverfront has often times proven difficult as much of it is privately owned. Easement talks have started and stopped throughout the years.

But the new park is a real step forward. 

Thumbs down to U.S. Rep. Rod Blum.

The Iowa Republican had a tough week, all of his own making. He required ID checks prior to in-district town halls. Even then, the crowd pounded him for his recent vote in support of a terrible health care bill.

He stormed out of a television interview when asked a question he didn't like about those very ID checks. The video went viral.

The firing of former FBI Director James Comey took some of the heat off. But, still, Blum proved he can't take the heat. In Congress, that's the job. 

Thumbs up to law enforcement.

Earlier this month, memorial services were held throughout the Quad-Cities for fallen officers. It's an appropriate reminder of how tough and potentially dangerous the job can be for those tasked with enforcing the laws that they don't write. The Davenport Police Department's Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the department, 416 N. Harrison St.