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Pleasant Valley's McKenzie Yanek shakes hands with the crowd after winning the 3,000 on Thursday at the Drake Relays.

Thumbs up, grudgingly, to local transportation officials for this week discontinuing The Loop bus service.

The state grants ran dry, and taxpayers couldn't be asked to pick up the tab. Commission members made the responsible fiduciary decision.

That said, it's too bad. The Loop -- dubbed the "vomit comet' by some -- kept drunken drivers off our roads, while offering a fun night throughout the Quad-Cities.

Perhaps, DUI fund receipts could someday bring it back. 

Thumbs down to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's "gamble."

Yes, there's a risk to holding a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court for GOP front-runner Donald Trump, Grassley admitted this week. After all, Trump's policy is, let's just say, less than fleshed out. And yes, Grassley's refusal to hold hearings for Obama nominee Merrick Garland could blow up in the GOP's collective faces, if Democrat Hillary Clinton takes the White House and brings a Democratic Senate majority with her. 

It's a "gamble" Grassley said he's willing to take. But Grassley isn't just making bets with his own political capital.

He's playing with house money and each and every one of us might pick up the tab.

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Thumbs up to Pleasant Valley senior McKenzie Yanek, who turned in a blazing 9 minutes, 35.98 seconds time in this week's 3,000-meter race at the Drake Relays.

Yanek's time is the second-fastest in the nation this spring and third fastest in Iowa history. 

She's going to make us proud next year while running for University at Alabama. 

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