For Wayne's Jorge Ona is tagged out at home by the River Bandits' Chuckie Robinson in the fourth inning of Thursday's Midwest League's Championship Series at Parkview Field.

Michelle Davies, The Journal Gazette

Thumbs up to United Township High School students Van Thang and Riley Gomez.

The pair this week were rightly honored for their actions during a sad set of events.

In June, Malik A. Williams, 25, drowned while trying to save his 6 year old son who had fallen into the Mississippi River in Moline. Unable to swim, Williams drowned. Thang saved the boy.

Gomez had taken a photo of the Williams fishing on the dock just before the incident. She provided the Williams family with the image as a gift.

Thumbs down to continued efforts to revive Iowa's experimental Medicaid program, which is already in full arrest.

Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven told officials this week that seriously disabled Iowans might soon be exempted from the privatized program. Pushing out that high-cost patient pool is, apparently, part of the ongoing negotiations between the state and three private firms hired last year to run Iowa's now privatized system. It's just the latest blow to Iowa's failing Medicaid program.

The firms have, repeatedly, claimed they're losing money on the program.

Then Gov. Terry Branstad rushed through his program, even as professionals and federal regulators urged him to slow down. To Branstad, it was about political ideology, not providing service to poor Iowans.

Predictably, the rush-job isn't providing even middling results.

Thumbs up to the Quad-Cities River Bandits.

Tonight, the Bandits have a shot at sweeping the Midwest League Championship Series. The Bandits took both games in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to open the best-of-five series.

It's been a good year for the Houston Astros class A affiliate. And the Bandits have succeeded even as talent came and went due to needs at higher levels of the Houston organization. 

There's significant young talent at Modern Woodmen Park. As much as we love local baseball, an end to the season tonight would be something to celebrate. 


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