R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

R. Richard (Dick) Bittner, center, cuts the ribbon Monday, officially opening the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport.

Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Thumbs up to Scott County supervisors who, this week, rightly sought some oversight of tax increment financing projects.

Supervisors are drafting a request that state legislators grant counties and school districts veto power over city-level TIF proposals. Scott County's move comes in the wake of the fiasco in Riverdale, which is nothing but a taxpayer-funded handout to a residential developer.

We urge state lawmakers to take seriously Scott County's gripe. Such a system would, finally, empower all taxpayers being asked to foot the bill. 

Thumbs down to Sen. Chuck Grassley for, perhaps, the flimsiest defense of the latest GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Granted, unfiltered honesty from a public official is often refreshing. And Grassley has a history of saying exactly what he thinks. But his quote when asked about Graham-Cassidy legislation detailed everything wrong with the push to kill Obamacare at any cost.

“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” Grassley told reporters this week. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.”

Let's translate: It's a terrible bill, but Republicans are cornered by seven years of rhetoric and beholden to their base to actually draft decent legislation. 

It was easy to suspect that Republicans were acting out of political expedience in their rush to ram through anything that killed ACA. Grassley just came out and said it. And, in so doing, he exposed the fundamental flaw in a party that's yet to show it can govern. 

Thumbs up to Palmer College of Chiropractic, which this week cut the ribbon at R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center.

The new athletic venue spent years on the drawing board. On Monday, the $15 million overhaul of Alumni Auditorium was finally complete.

Palmer reinvestment in its campus, and the support from benefactors is certainly noteworthy. 

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