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Friday, July 14, 2023
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“It was reported the Secret Service does not normally use drug sniffing dogs at the White House (Cocaine, July 10, 2023). Could that be because, regardless of administration, this would create too many PR problems? Lots of other venues have drug-sniffing dogs as part of the routine. You are 100% correct about Shaggy and Scooby having this solved. Faster than camera video, the electronic passes create computer logs with date and time stamps for each point of entry.” - Chuck

As you likely know by now, the Secret Service closed the case. Velma must have lost her glasses. - Shane

Good Morning, Shane. Regarding your piece on finding cocaine in the White House (Cocaine, July 10, 2023), there is virtually no way this was brought in by a tourist, VIP visitor or lower-level staff person. To access the West Wing area of the White House, you go through security just outside the Old Executive Office Building (OEB) west of the White House but within the high security compound. A background check has been run on all visitors prior to arrival. You show a picture ID before emptying your pockets and going through a metal detector. You may/may not have your briefcase swabbed for drugs/explosives residue. You then walk single-file through a narrow hallway with a large fan on one side that blows air past you and toward a drug/bomb-sniffing German Shepherd behind a gate on the opposite wall. After a short wait, you are allowed into the OEB and from there have relative freedom of movement, up to and including the outside entrance to the West Wing. You can only go in if your appointment (or tour) is in that area. I think it's likely that the cocaine was brought in by a high-level staffer or someone who undergoes less scrutiny to access the area. It's insulting for the WH to suggest that a tourist or VIP visitor could be the culprit.” - Tim 

We deserve answers. Unfortunately, it looks like this is being swept under the rug. Nothing to see here. - Shane

“I haven’t followed the cocaine story especially closely, but I can say that on a recent trip to the East Wing we did have to walk past a drug dog (Cocaine, July 10, 2023). I’m sure it’s the same with the West Wing based on my daughter’s description of her recent visit there. So, I don’t assume that the President has a need to be embarrassed. Besides your update, the only place I’ve heard anyone complaining about the time being taken for the investigation is Fox News. I certainly hope the Daily Umbrella isn’t getting insight from that source.” - Susan

President Biden (or any president, for that matter) may not be embarrassed by this incident, but he most certainly should be concerned — at least I hope so. We don’t need a political bias to be concerned about illegal drugs in the White House. - Shane

“My parents, too, live like your mom (Didn’t own much, July 11, 2023). No credit card until late in life, and I had to co-sign also. They never used the card. It was ‘just in case’ when traveling.” - Gail

One has to wonder how long it will be before cash — or coins — will no longer be an option. And then one has to wonder when the day will come when we wish they were available again.” - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

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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 Dive Bar

1. Carl’s Place

2. Toads Tavern

3. Mannings


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Rain chances increase this afternoon and linger into the early evening. We'll get a break from the rain on Saturday before chances return Sunday and Sunday night.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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FROM KCCI: Des Moines man faces charges after road rage incident

DES MOINES, Iowa — Cellphone video captured a bizarre road rage incident Wednesday night in Des Moines. According to a criminal complaint, Daniel Bruck tried to illegally pass Jeff Bates' car, and ended up crashing into it. Bruck then got out of his car and started swearing at Bates.  READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Demolition underway to make room for new 33-story skyscraper in downtown Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Demolition work has begun at the former Kaleidoscope mall to clear the way for a new skyscraper. Tenants in the building moved out in 2018 for a development plan that later fell through. Since then, the building has sat empty for nearly five years. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2023 state baseball: See the full brackets

Class 1A and 2A play at Merchants Park in Carroll, while Class 3A and 4A play at Duane Banks Baseball Stadium in Iowa City. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Saturday from 5-7 p.m., the first 500 people with a ticket to the Des Moines Menace soccer game will be given a free dinner of Berkwood hot dog, brat or pork patty sandwich, with chips and a beer or soft drink. This in the parking lot of Valley Stadium where Heath Allen, formerly with Harry Connick Jr., will play blues while kids play lawn games and paint faces. It's the home finale, and Peoria City is the opponent.

Should you order the second cheapest wine in a restaurant? The Wall Street Journal published a long review of this time-honored strategy and found that most restaurants are so aware of the practice that they now price their worst values in the second-cheapest position. WSJ says South American blends will usually be the best values.

Friday brings $1.99 fish sandwiches to Kwik Star stores in the metro.

— Jim Duncan


Meet Sarah Infante

Sugar Creek PTO president, volunteer

By Jackie Wilson

With a brand new elementary school in the Waukee School District, parent volunteers were needed to take on the new school’s PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).

Sarah Infante of Waukee was just the woman to do that.

Sarah became involved at the Maple Grove PTO when her two kids, Sadie and Eli, first attended school there. When the district rezoned, Eli attended Sugar Creek.

When the former president asked Sarah to be president of the Sugar Creek PTO, she initially resisted.

“I didn't want to talk in front of people or ask them for money,” she recalls. “Then I got over that.”

Read more in the June issue of Waukee Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Michelle Pohlmeyer!

These celebrities were born on this date: Conor McGregor, Jane Lynch, Tommy Mottola, Jackie Earle Haley, Dan Smith, Dan Reynolds, Sara Canning, Matthew Fox

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you get when the weatherman breaks both arms and legs? FOUR CASTS! - Carolyn Rogers, Rex Post

Today's Riddle

What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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