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Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Good morning to you!

Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Many decades later, Will Rogers added, “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” Both are unfortunately accurate. Meanwhile, our knowledge of the tax code — and taxes itself — is often quite limited. Let’s see how many of these five tax questions from CITYVIEW’s monthly trivia contest you can answer correctly. Follow the link to see all 10 questions.

1. Which U.S. president gave us federal income tax?
a. Joe Biden
b. John Quincy Adams
c. Abraham Lincoln
d. Richard Nixon

2. What is the average amount of time that taxpayers spend doing record-keeping, tax planning, form submission, and other tax-related activities, according to the IRS?
a. 7 hours
b. 11 hours
c. 17 hours
d. 29 hours

3. How much does the average American get back in a tax refund each year?
a. About $15,000
b. About $12,000
c. About $6,400
d. About $3,000

4. Which country music star made an album to cover his tax debts?
a. Garth Brooks
b. Waylon Jennings
c. Johnny Cash.
d. Willie Nelson

5. Which famous gangster was ultimately taken down over taxes?
a. Al Capone
b. John Dillinger
c. Bugsy Siegel
d. Lucky Luciano

Answers: 1) c; 2) b; 3) d; 4) d; and 5) a.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

A nice week ahead temperature-wise. A cooler day Thursday with a rain chance. Warming this weekend.

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

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Ice Cream or Gelato Shop

1. Black Cat Ice Cream

2. Home Sweet Cone Ice Cream

2. The Outside Scoop

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From the April issue of Winterset Living magazine

The gift of a future
Residents share their stories of organ transplants.

By Chantel Boyd

Cathy Simon is a big proponent of organ transplants, and for good reason. She received a kidney transplant in June of 2023.

“I am active in the National Kidney Foundation. I was in D.C. at the Kidney Summit advocating for kidney-related legislation,” she says.

Cathy is passionate about the topic, as she has been a recipient twice in her lifetime.

“My first transplant was 30 years ago from my mom, Susan Anderson,” she says. “My second was last June from a deceased donor after I spent two years on dialysis.”


Cheery cherries. This year’s cherry blossom festival brought a $7.5 billion bump to Tokyo’s economy, double that of last year. The difference has been ascribed to the strength of the dollar to the yen. Foreign tourism is up more than 30% this year as visitors take advantage of the best values in Japan for more than 30 years. Foreigners spend five times more per day visiting Tokyo than Japanese tourists do. (Newsroom Tokyo)

In coastal and hill country Texas, this year's bluebonnet season, "The world's Biggest Flower Show," was one of the best ever after a hot summer and rainy winter. TNWD predicted that it might have brought as many tourists to Texas as the total eclipse did. (Newsroom Tokyo)

Deals of the day. Dairy Queen is promoting new Blizzard flavor releases with a "buy-one-get-one" until April 14. The deal is available from the DQ mobile app... Tuesday brings $4.99 gyros to Opa! (2800 University Ave. West Des Moines)... Kid’s meals are half priced all day Tuesdays at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale).

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: $18 million exhibit expansion projects will create more space for animals at Blank Park Zoo

DES MOINES, Iowa — Blank Park Zoo announced the construction of two major exhibits to add space for a handful of animals. The Ruan Foundation Wild Iowa exhibit will feature larger areas for river otters, bald eagles and bobcats to roam....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Car crashes into Des Moines home, teen charged with OWI

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines teen was accused of being intoxicated when she crashed into a home on the city’s south side late Sunday night. At around 11:40 p.m. the Des Moines Police Department and Des Moines Fire Department responded to a home in the 1200 block of Emma Avenue on a report of a car that crashed into a home...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: ESPN releases viewership numbers for Iowa vs. South Carolina title game

Iowa's Final Four victory over UConn was previously the most-watched hoops game, men's or women's, in ESPN history at 14.2 million viewers.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Tim Daugherty!

These celebrities were born on this date: Albert Hammond Jr., Arlen Escarpeta, Charlie Hunnam, Cynthia Nixon, Dennis Quaid, Doug Ducey, Elle Fanning, Lil Nas X, Kristen Stewart

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

How does a short cow in tall grass feel? UDDERLY TICKLED! - Joint effort from Shane Goodman and Celeste Tilton, Gail Tomlinson, John Zeitler, Dennis Porter. Or, UDDERLY LOST! - William Snyder. Other answers from  Carolyn Rogers, Judy Anderson.

Today's riddle

Why was the guy slumped over his lawn mower and crying?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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