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Trail connection is set to open

Still another important community trail connection will officially open to the public next week, The Journal reported on Thursday.

Primarily an overpass bridge over railroad tracks, the $1.23 million connection links the Floyd and Outer Drive Trails.

Trails speak to the many benefits of living healthier lives. Trails speak to overall community quality of life and quality of life is a crucial ingredient for economic growth and prosperity.

As we have said many times before in this space, money invested in trails is money well spent.

Marshal Thorp

Frank Thorp, a retired Navy admiral who chairs the USS Sioux City Commissioning Committee, will serve as grand marshal of this year's River-Cade parade, scheduled for July 18, The Journal reported on Thursday.

Commissioning of the USS Sioux City, planned for sometime this year on a date to be decided, will take place in Annapolis, Maryland. The planning committee hopes to raise between $800,000 and $1 million to pay for the weeklong event and establish an endowment to pay for education opportunities for crew members and their families for the 30-year life of the vessel.

The River-Cade invitation to Thorp and the admiral's acceptance provides more evidence of the strengthening bond between our community and the Navy littoral combat ship bearing its name.

Heroic rescue

In what arguably is the feel-good story of this year so far, 12 members of a youth soccer team ages 11 to 16 and their coach were rescued from deep inside a largely flooded cave in Thailand between Sunday and Tuesday.

Developed by an international team of experts under building pressures with the world watching, a complex strategy fraught with dangers and performed by experienced divers resulted in the words on Tuesday we all wanted to hear: "Everyone is safe."

The boys and coach were trapped in the cave on June 23 when heavy rain flooded their exit route.

'Swamp' drains a little

Plagued by a long list of scandals, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt finally did something right and resigned on July 5.

Talking to reporters on Air Force One the same day, President Trump praised Pruitt and said he didn't ask for his resignation. For someone who campaigned on a promise to "drain the swamp," we can only wonder why.

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Trade conflict escalates

On Tuesday, the Trump administration proposed a second round of tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods, escalating a troubling trade war between the U.S. and China of particular concern to agriculture states like Iowa.

China vowed "firm and forceful measures" in retaliation.

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