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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023
Good morning to you!

What does it mean to truly be sick? If you don’t know, go visit someone who is dealing with cancer. That’s more than being sick. That’s a pain and a suffering and a toughness that the rest of us can't truly comprehend and, hopefully, won’t have to ever endure personally.

Meanwhile, many of us complain about headaches and sniffles and upset stomachs and allergy symptoms. Reality check? Maybe a dose of our own medicine.

A 2023 report was published at www.statista.com on the number of sick days taken from work or school among adults in the U.S. from 2020-2023. Among the roughly 80% of adult respondents who worked or studied, more than three-fourths took sick leave in the last 12 months.

We most all know someone who seemingly never takes sick time. I worked with an incredibly loyal man at a printing plant I managed a few decades ago who never took a sick day. If he ever was sick, none of us heard about it. He took great pride in being dependable to his employer and his co-workers.

I also knew a young man in his senior year of high school who had perfect attendance throughout all his years. He was a good student and a good athlete, but he was equally proud of his attendance record. He became severely ill one day and was unable to come to school. He was deeply disappointed, as he, too, took great pride in being dependable.

What changed? Some say COVID impacted our views on spreading sickness. Others say today’s sick-time policies encourage employees to stay home. The most critical ones say we are simply a softer generation looking for excuses not to work.

Unfortunately, we all know some folks who take every sick hour available year after year. You have likely heard the comments. “They owe me!” “I have it coming, so I am taking it!” “I am entitled to it!” Inevitably, some of these folks use all their sick days early in the year with the sniffles and end up being truly sick in the latter part of the year and have to use vacation days or time without pay or, worse yet, come to work sick and expose others.

The U.S. Department of Labor says Federal law does not require companies to offer sick leave. But, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 78% of civilian workers do have access to paid sick leave benefits. Put another way, 22% don’t.

So, if you are fortunate enough to work for an employer who provides sick time, be thankful — and hope you don’t ever have a reason to use it.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

View Shane Goodman's archived columns from past issues here.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The polls have closed and a record number of readers have cast their votes in the latest CITYVIEW'S Best Of Des Moines readers' poll — the metro's original and largest poll of its kind.
Winners will be announced in the February 2024 issue of CITYVIEW!

Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Great warm weather sticks with us through Thursday, though it will be breezy at times. We cool a bit into the weekend, and we have an actual rain chance late Sunday.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

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FROM KCCI: Des Moines police identify couple killed in crash on E. University

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police identified the couple that was killed Sunday in a crash at E. 27th Street and E. University Avenue.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Adel tow-truck driver hit and killed, semi driver charged with vehicular homicide

URBANDALE, Iowa — Officials say a semi-truck driver was under the influence when his semi struck and killed a tow-truck driver Sunday night on I-80 in Urbandale. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa moves up to No. 2 in women's AP Top 25

South Carolina, who were sixth in the preseason poll, received 23 first-place votes from the 36-member national media panel. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Newsroom Tokyo reports that Japan has acquired a taste for Louisiana crawfish and French bullfrogs. Both were considered invasive species until restaurants started selling them. Now they are raised as food. Crawfish ramen was described as particularly popular and delicious.

Chipotle founder Steve Ells announced he was opening Kernel, his faux meat restaurant, in New York City. The restaurant will be mostly operated by robots.

99 Counties and Hy Vee have two radically different Thanksgiving Day packages. 99 Counties offers a free-range and certified organic turkey, a 7-8 lb. boneless ham, 25 oz. of pork lard for pie crusts, a pound of bacon ends, and spice seasonings. Hy Vee offers a turkey, canned beans, canned soup, turkey gravy, a bag of potatoes, heat and serve rolls, jelled cranberry sauce, and stuffing mix. Fareway offers a free turkey with $50 of spending.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Featured in CITYVIEW
Whatever happened to…?

By Jim Duncan

Des Moines is considered a small market, at least for media, entertainment and designers. That’s changing now in a world flash-shrunk by the Internet. Before the last 20 years, most Iowa artists with ambition left the state, usually for New York. Iowa was more famous for the people who left and made it there — Halston, Larry Zox, Andy Williams, Johnny Carson, Donna Reed, Glenn Miller, Bix Beiderbecke, Ashton Kutcher — than the people who stayed.

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Darren Tromblay!

These celebrities were born on this date: Patrick Warburton, Olga Kurylenko, Josh Duhamel, Vanessa Bayer, James Young, Yanni, Reverend Run, Brian Yale, Travis Barker, Brian Dietzen, Tobin Esperance, Graham Patrick Martin

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Where do bison go to the bathroom at the zoo in London? THE BUFFA - LOO! - Mike Chiston, Brent Antisdel, Shelly Adams, Irving Stone, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Peri Van Tassel, Carolyn Rogers, John Zeitler, Sara Kinley, Lori Bluml, William Snyder

And, slipping my mind until just now, Beckham Miller had Friday's riddle answer!

Today's riddle

Which kind of reptile runs the jumbotron at the ballpark?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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