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Thursday, March 2, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Welcome to another edition of the Friday mailbag a day early. We have so many great letters, and I can’t fit them all in on Friday. Below you will find some sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity. Look for more tomorrow.

“I want to thank you for your insightful and thoughtful letters from the editor in our Waukee Living magazines. I always enjoy reading them, and the latest issue celebrating couples with long-lived marriages was no exception. Both your words at the beginning, the advice you had solicited through the years, and your honesty about the joys...and trials...of growing old with someone else were very timely. My husband and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary, and our union is so much richer than we could ever have imagined in our earlier years. Blessings to you.” - Natalie

Happy anniversary, Natalie, and thank you for the kind words. - Shane

“The following is from the book ‘Lake Wobegon Virus’ by Garrison Keillor, Arcade Publishing, 2020, pages 51-52 (Politics in schools, Feb. 21, 2023): ‘Schools are run by the government, and they teach you what they want you to know. Goddamn government is a gang of collectivists who send the USDA and the milk inspectors in to regulate every tiny detail of life along with the liquor laws and zoning regulations and the weed control people and drug laws, to where it gets so that  a man can't breathe, can't turn around without there's somebody there saying which foot to put in front of the other. Young kids grow up nowadays with no idea of freedom. None. They're like cattle in the chute. People who stand up for their rights, we're a dying breed. Big corporations, big government, it's all the same psychology, and it's meant for poultry, it isn't meant for me or you. Anyway, that's how I see it, and when you're on my land, then you can see it that way too.’ I always believe in presenting alternative opinions.” - Gary

Lake Wobegon, here we come. I will pick you up at 7. - Shane

“I take issue with your assertion that the response to the pandemic was motivated primarily by a hatred of former President Trump and a desire to vote him out of office (Politics and education, Feb. 21, 2023). In the early days of COVID-19, we didn’t know what was causing it and how it was being spread. What we did know was that people were dying of it by the thousands. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it may be that some closures and restrictions were excessive and unnecessary. But they may have also saved countless lives, and, in the end, that should outweigh any economic or educational considerations. I very much agree with you, however, that hatred and polarization has had a very toxic, destructive effect on our society, and that we would be far better served by approaches that seek consensus and compromise, rather than swinging wildly from one extreme to the other.” - Elizabeth

Primarily? No. But for an alarming number of people, the response to the pandemic was motivated by a hatred of former President Trump. I simply cited two examples. I agree that, for most, it wasn’t. Even so, we still have a lot of work to do to find any type of consensus or compromise. Beware of swinging pendulums. - Shane

“All I got to say is we spend more money on education than any country, and we are now 37th and 39th in math and science in the world (Education and politics, Feb. 21, 2023). We were first in both 30 years ago! Throwing money at it for years hasn’t helped!” - Richard

From what I can see, we are still going to be throwing a lot of money at education, just to different catchers. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

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


CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Gluten-Free Food

1. Louie’s Wine Dive

2. Thistle’s Summit

3. Fresko Natural Food


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Donuts or croissants? You don't have to choose anymore. Chu Chu Donuts, 580 S.W. Ninth in Des Moines, sells cronuts, insanely good croissants that have been deep fried like donuts. It's an art form from the former French Indo China, now Cambodia. Actually, Chu Chu has insanely good traditional donuts, too, and apple fritters, etc.

Dzo is a new Korean steakhouse at 2611 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines, but its name comes from the donkey of the cattle kingdom. A dzo is a cross between a cow and a yak. And what a strange looking beast it is.

—Jim Duncan

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Breezy conditions stay with us throughout the forecast, though temperatures stay on the mild side given the time of year. It now appears that most of the precipitation from the Thursday/Friday system will miss Des Moines to the southeast. Next chance of precipitation comes as rain Sunday night into Monday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Featured Home For Sale
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On March 2 ...

1944: A train stops in a tunnel near Salerno, Italy, and more than 500 people on board suffocate and die. Occurring in the midst of World War II, the details of this incident were not revealed at the time and remain somewhat murky.

1962: Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points against the New York Knicks during a home game in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was the first time that a professional basketball player had scored 100 points in a single contest; the previous record, 78, had been set by Chamberlain earlier in the season. During the game, Chamberlain sank 36 field goals and 28 foul shots, both league records.

1978: In one of history’s most famous cases of body-snatching, two men steal the corpse of the revered film actor Sir Charles Chaplin from a cemetery in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey, located in the hills above Lake Geneva, near Lausanne, Switzerland.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: 'We say gay’: Proposed LGBTQ bills prompt school walkouts in Iowa

URBANDALE, Iowa — Students at schools across the metro are walking out on Wednesday over proposed LGBTQ bills working through the Iowa Legislature. Students from Urbandale High School, Johnston High School, and East High School in Des Moines  had walkouts. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Suburban syrup: Entrepreneurs tap into residential maple trees, get delicious results

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ecclesiastes will tell you, “for everything, there is a season.” Even late winter–a time when the rest of us are over it — the Francois boys are getting something out of it. Something kinda wonderful. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Caleb Grill done at ISU 'due to a failure to meet the program’s expectations'

The senior guard is no longer a Cyclone "due to a failure to meet the program’s expectations," the school said in a release. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


From 0-50

Couples reflect on 50 and more years of marriage.

In the 1960s, Krista and Jim Bowersox were teenagers and still in high school when they met. Krista was from Slater, while Jim was from Polk City. Jim and a friend were attending a ball game when they saw two girls walking down the street.

Krista’s cousin knew who Jim was, so she felt it was safe enough to talk to the young man who approached them. After that, the two enjoyed a summertime romance.

“We were inseparable that summer,” recalls Krista.

“I was driving my '53 Chevy, and she liked my boyish charm,” adds Jim.

... Read more in the February issue of North Polk  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Dave Jordan and Aaron Rector.

These celebrities were born on this date: Daniel Craig, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Martin, Rebel Wilson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Bon Jovi, Method Man, Reggie Bush, Blake Anderson

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What kind of ship has two mates but no captain? A FRIEND-SHIP, COURT-SHIP, or RELATION-SHIP! - Carolyn Rogers, Rex Post,  Brendan Comito, Nick Noah, Rich Hoidahl, Gary Shaw, Gail Tomlinson, Lori Bluml, William Snyder, Susan Scharnberg, Ron Sinnwell, Lori Lovett, Mike Chiston

Today's Riddle

What invention lets you look right through a wall?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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