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Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023
Good morning to you!

Political endorsements. Do they make a difference in the results of elections? Many newspaper editors seem to think they do, as they proudly continue to put ink to paper each election cycle, touting who they think will be the best people for the job. Maybe not surprisingly, those choices are typically Democrats. And, maybe not surprisingly, Republicans (and some independents) have grown tiresome of reading those endorsements, and many quit subscribing to newspapers. Regardless of what type of business you are in, if you anger one-third to one-half of your customers, you won’t be around for long.

Professional basketball player Michael Jordan, in his peak of popularity, was approached by U.S. Senate hopeful Harvey Gantt, a Black politician who was running against Jesse Helms in North Carolina, Jordan’s home state. Gantt hoped that Jordan's name would help him defeat Helms, who was regarded by many as a racist. Jordan declined. He said he wasn’t into politics and didn’t know the issues, also stating, “Republicans buy shoes, too.” You may agree or disagree with his reply, but one can’t argue with Jordan’s success on and off the court.

The newspapers and publications I have directly owned or managed through the years have never endorsed political candidates, and we won't be starting now. There are several reasons.

First, our editorial team couldn’t collectively agree on many candidates. We have a wide range of political views, and that’s the way it should be if you want to have an unbiased and unslanted newsroom. Yes, I could force my personal choices into our picks, but I wouldn’t do that, which leads me to my next point.

Second, I know you really don’t care who I think should be elected, and that’s a good thing, too. What makes me the expert? I haven’t walked in your shoes, and you haven’t walked in mine. So, how would either one of us know what is better for the other person? Most all of us get one ballot, and we get to decide how we use it.

Third, and back to my point in the first paragraph, why would I want to alienate a large chunk of our readers or advertisers by forcing my choice of a political candidate down their throats? To be honest, I am sometimes not sure who I am going to vote for until the day I go to the polls. Some of you straight-ticket voters may find that apprehensible. Others of you are clearly in the same boat as me, which is apparent by the mass amount of political advertising being marketed to us in the final weeks before most any major election.

Being a politician at any level for any party is not an easy job in today’s toxic environment. Simply put, the haters will hate. Social media has been gasoline in this political fire, and it is clearly not making us more understanding of each other. So don’t look for political endorsements here or in any of our publications. I have confidence you can make the decision that is best for you on your own.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you 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!

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The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile is coming to Des Moines Hy-Vees this week. Thursday at Ankeny stores, Friday at West Des Moines stores, Saturday in Waukee, Valley Drive S, and Urbandale, Sunday in Grimes and Urbandale, and Monday on Euclid and in Altoona. Wiener whistles will be gifted.

Holiday gift ideas from the editors of Wall Street Journal: Schmoll has a four pound crystal decanter that holds 750-milliliters of booze. $25 at Amazon.

Thursday brings cheeseburger soup specials to Eastside Eddie's (3517 E, 26th St., Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: 'I had guardian angels over me': Adel family begins to clean up home after car crashes into the living room

ADEL, Iowa — A wild crash left a Dallas County house in need of some serious repairs and sent its owner to the hospital. Jessica Hubbard was thrown from the couch onto the front door steps when a car drove into the living room at her mother's house at the intersection of South 10th Street and Greene Street... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 33 animals saved from feces-filled Des Moines home, ARL says

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa rescued 31 dogs and two cockatiels from a cramped, feces filled Des Moines home. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines mixmaster construction: Here's where the project stands

December brought the first of many overnight closures at the east mixmaster as Iowa DOT continues building a new flyover bridge and improved ramps....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


The Walnut

By Jackie Wilson

Buildings constructed nearly a century ago don’t generally survive, unless it was a quality build. For The Walnut, a bar and grill located at 1417 Walnut, it’s like time stood still. The tall, unique windows, heavy, wooden doors and solid brick interior and exterior create an architectural treat and an enjoyable place to sip a cocktail or enjoy a meal.

The place, built in 1928, was formerly the Walnut Tire and Battery Co. It’s nestled halfway between the Pappajohn Sculpture Park and M.L. King Parkway. You won’t find tires or batteries here, but you will find a full cocktail bar with a kitchen.

Read the rest of the story in the December Issue of CITYVIEW!

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, Amy Lee, Steve Buscemi, Dick Van Dyke, Bart Johnson

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you call two people in an ambulance? A PAIR OF MEDICS! - Gail Tomlinson, Jeri Motsick, Brent Hoover.  Thanks for the other answers William Snyder

Today's riddle

What do you call a zoo that only has giraffes?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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