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Friday, Dec. 22, 2023
Good 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.

“You stated, ‘Social media has been gasoline in this political fire…’ (Political endorsements, Dec. 13, 2023). Truth. In the good old days, political rhetoric was heated, but most people didn’t even know it. BTW, since I cannot gain your endorsement, I’ve decided to steer clear of the political arena.” - Brian

Thank you, Senator. - Shane

“Hello, Shane. I appreciate your position on a business not taking a political stand (Political endorsements, Dec. 13, 2023). Also, I would refrain from taking a business position on social issues or religion. We are a country of diverse ideas and philosophies. As you said, do not anger one-third to one-half of your customers. Some large companies based in this country are finding out the hard way that you are right. A business owner or a CEO should focus on leveraging the company’s assets to make a profit and improve the company's value.” - H Ross

I don't mind if a business wants to take a stand. I simply don’t want to hear them whine about the fallout later. - Shane

“You are right on spot on the hats (Hats off, Dec. 5, 2023). It's a pet peeve of mine. Take them off inside.” - Brian

Hats off to you as well, my friend. - Shane

“When HD TV began, an antenna was often necessary, even locally in Des Moines (Antennaes, Dec. 18, 2023). We have a couple of weird ones to use when cable or satellite go out or there is a contract dispute and a channel gets dropped. My CB antenna must have had a better magnet than yours because it never blew off the car. Your mention of rooftop antennas caused me to recall summers at relatives in northern Iowa where reorienting the rooftop antenna was necessary because the three network stations were in towns in different directions. Some relatives literally had to climb up on the roof and manually change the antenna direction. One uncle would make the family pick a single network for the evening and then redirect the antenna, if the roof wasn’t icy. Fortunately, my grandparents had a rotor and could change the direction from inside the house.” - Chuck

And today we think we have a problem when we can’t locate the remote control. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.

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Zoetis CEO Kristin Peck lobbied with Fox Business host Liz Claman for extended vaccination of livestock, particularly birds. Problem is that China does not accept U.S. products that have been vaccinated. "In future world we will need twice as much food on half as much land to sustain population growth. Vaccine is only way to do it," Peck said.

Greater Reno suffered 12 horses killed by cars or trucks in one week. Reno is desperately looking for solutions. One prominent suggestion is to restore old fashioned lighting. Reno's new "green streets lights" don't lend much visibility at night.

The Triple Crown Buffet, the most popular ever in Iowa, remains closed. Hibachi Grill will be open Christmas with huge choices.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Dozens come together to honor and spread awareness of homeless Iowans who died in 2023

More than 35 names were read Thursday night, along with what information organizers could find about those who had died.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Court Center Building heralds new chapter for Court Avenue

DES MOINES, Iowa — It has been one year since the City of Des Moines’ Zoning Board restricted the hours that businesses in the Court Center Building could serve alcohol in response to a rise in crime stemming from the building. Now the building is vacant and ready to accept new tenants....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines Public Schools superintendent shares how district is navigating 'book ban' law

Under Senate File 496, school districts or school employees who violate certain restrictions on books and classroom materials will be penalized starting Jan. 1.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Des Moines Performing Arts. “Cirque Dreams Holidaze.” Dec. 22-23.

Pura Social Club. I am elated to announce our cast and talented vocalists, who will be sharing holiday classics for our Holiday Cabaret – Dec. 23 from 6-9 p.m.! Let’s have a fun night of celebrating our theater friendships on Christmas Eve Eve! Incredible theater veterans and friends from all over Des Moines and the surrounding areas. 

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz

Sign of... December?

"Gotta love what Mother Nature gives us in December. This year, on Dec. 13, I found two of these along with a fluffy white just waiting for wind to spread it’s seeds!" - Diane Ferguson

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Meghan Trainor, DaBaby, Joshua Bassett, Latto, Jordin Sparks, Ralph Fiennes

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:


Today's riddle

What's the most fitting name of a TV news reporter?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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