Thumbs up to the newest member of the Davenport School Board, Clyde Mayfield.
The small-business owner overwhelmingly won Tuesday's election. Mayfield campaigned on the sentiment that too many haven't been adequately represented, particularly in the poorer neighborhoods.
We urge Mayfield to shirk the board's ridiculous embargo policy and speak for himself. Board leadership has, for some time now, barred members from talking to the press. It's an absurd method of quelling dissent.
School board members are elected officials. As such, they have a duty to have a voice. Mayfield should lead the way.
Thumbs down to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley for waffling on filling deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's seat.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last week, initially parroted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his calls to block anyone appointed by President Barack Obama. Grassley appeared to realize his severe constitutional error and backed off a few days later. And then, on Thursday, he circled back to his claim that the president shouldn't do his job and nominate Scalia's successor.
Republicans want this to be a presidential issue. They want the specter of another Democratic appointee on the Supreme Court to drive voters to the polls in November. They've politicized the issue while acting as if Obama wasn't twice elected.
Thumbs down to awful voter turnout.
Just 2.65 percent of eligible voters bothered to show up in Tuesday's school board election, which Mayfield so easily won.
It's symbolic of an embarrassing level of apathy.
Thumbs up to the return of Mississippi Valley Blues Festival.
The decades-old festival was on hiatus last year due to financial troubles. It's back on in 2016, organizers said, and slated for July 1-2.