Sylvan Island bridge

General Constructors Inc. of Bettendorf will begin removing this 145-year-old bridge to Sylvan Island next month. Workers plan to replace the crossing with a new 200-foot-long steel span in October, about 4½ years after the city of Moline closed the original structure.

Thumbs up to Davenport police officers. 

The city's law enforcement is under significant pressure following a rash of shootings, several of them fatal. Police have said that they suspect gang violence and retaliation is part of the sudden spate of shootings.

This week, Davenport City Council recognized the round-the-clock effort of its police force. And we thought it was appropriate to follow suit.

Many of the investigations are ongoing. It's too early to say precisely what is at the heart of sudden violence. And, as history has shown, knee-jerk reactions by policy makers often do as much, if not more, harm than good, especially in poor, black communities.

There might not be a lot of good answers right now. But Davenport's police force has done an admirable job holding up its end. 

Thumbs down to devastating cuts to Iowa's primary advocate for the elderly and disabled.

Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman has eliminated most of its staff, The Des Moines Register reported on Friday. It's the ultimate result of $500,000 in cuts, a massive portion of its $1.3 million budget that took effect last month.

The cuts have resulted in the elimination of almost all travel, a necessary component for a watchdog that visits nursing homes.

It's just another example of slash-and-burn policy that will damage the lives of Iowans. 

Thumbs up to the rehab of Sylvan Island Bridge. 

For more than four years, outdoor enthusiasts lived without access to Sylvan Island, a key component of the hiking culture in the Quad-Cities. That's because the bridge was left to decay and Moline officials fenced it off at the behest of engineers.

Next month, crews are scheduled to tear down the 145-year-old bridge. In October, construction is slated to begin on its replacement that will again link the island with Great River Trail.

Also, kudos to Friends of Off-Road Cycling for prepping the trails in anticipation of the new span. 

Outdoor activities are a necessary component of Quad-Cities' effort to be vibrant and hip. To that end, it's good news that Moline is plugging the gap in the trail network. 

We wish it had happened sooner.


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