Thumbs up to Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins for this week reversing a clearly unconstitutional "prior restraint" order imposed on the Des Moines Register.
Earlier this month, Wiggins barred the Register from publishing legal documents that that been public for months. His ruling came after attorney Jaysen McCleary sued the newspaper to stop its publication of information gleaned from documents pertaining to a court battle McCleary had waged with the city of Des Moines.
Wiggins' initial order clearly violated decades of precedent established in U.S. Supreme Court. This week, Wiggins said in his ruling that his intent was only to give all the parties time to submit arguments.
Wiggins' reversal is a win for a free press and the First Amendment.
Thumbs down to the loss of United Neighbors, Inc.
After more than a year of lawsuits, investigations and allegations of rampant misuse of public and private funds, the region's oldest social service agency announced this week that it's closing its doors.
This story has no happy ending.
Thumbs up to all the donors who undertook good works this holiday season.
Arconic employees filled hundreds of food baskets. An anonymous Samaritan stuffed Red Kettles with gold coins. And we were humbled by all those throughout Quad-Cities who gave to our annual Quad-City Times Wish List program.
There's been no lack of charity this year.