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Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Good morning to you!

The Fourth of July brings about a sense of patriotism for me that is unmatched any other time of year. By design, that is supposed to happen. I love my country, and I get goosebumps when the national anthem plays and the American flag waves in the sky. Unfortunately, during presidential campaign season, this sense of patriotism can wither as the mudslinging ensues and the divisions occur. Maybe that is natural, too, but it is unfortunate. Times like this remind me that we need to turn off the TV, get off social media and make a purposeful effort to find ways to unite with others rather than focus on our differences. But don’t take my word for it. Here are few great quotes about patriotism, liberty and freedom from some people you may have heard of:

“We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something — for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these things are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” - Ronald Reagan.

When President Reagan referred to fighting, he didn’t mean with fellow Americans but with those who wish to take away our liberties and freedoms. Those who choose to do that are, by no means, true Americans.

“What we need are critical lovers of America — patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.” - Hubert Humphrey

Complaining may be the easiest thing in this world to do, and we certainly have plenty of participants to prove it. President Humphrey wanted us to know that being part of the solution is work, and fully committing to that improvement is the American way.

“We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.” - Barack Obama

We may certainly disagree with each other on many subjects, but President Obama encouraged us to treat each other with respect and avoid hatred. He understood the fault in dividing a nation and then trying to govern it.

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.” - Theodore Roosevelt

President Roosevelt was right. We do not need to stand by someone we did not choose as our president, but we should still show respect for the office and an appreciation for the views of others, even when they may not match our own. Who knows? We might even learn something.

In the meantime, enjoy the Fourth of July… and let freedom ring.

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

More storms will come our way after midnight and during the day today, ending this evening. Wednesday looks dry, then storm chances return for the Fourth of July.

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

From the June issue of CITYVIEW 

The Cemetery Guy

By Cyote Williams

Kelly Penman Jr. receives help from several friends during his work on stone cleanings, replacements and settings.
Kelly Penman Jr. is a nurse by day and a cemetery repair guy by, well, also day. He grew up in Des Moines, but, like most in the U.S., has ancestral ties to countries overseas. Nine years ago, Penman was looking for a family member’s headstone in Scotland.

“It had fallen down when I located it, so we put it back up. As I looked around that same cemetery, it looked terrible because they were all down,” Penman said.

Penman says finding time to balance this practice and his nursing job isn’t as difficult as it may seem.


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


Best Beaverdale Area Bar

1. The Dam Pub

2. Beaver Tap

3. Cooney’s Tavern

Read all the results now!

Explore Des Moines

CITYVIEW's seasonal guide for activities and things to do in Central Iowa

EXPLORE: Local Events

By Cyote Williams

The best of the rest. Festivals, farmers markets, parades, you name it, central Iowa’s got it.


"Almonds don't lactate."
The dairy industry is fighting back against a flood of alternatives to milk — almond, oat, coconut, rice, flax, hemp, soy, algae and what not. Often with good humor. “I saw a tree, and I asked myself, ‘Can I drink this?’" says actress Aubrey Plaza in one video. “As it turns out, the answer is yes,” she says before taking a stomach-turning sip. That Milk Processor Education Program ad has collected 5.7 million views. Queen Latifah stars in another pro-dairy video: “Milk. Most Americans have tried it at least once. But recently, dairy deniers all over America are subjecting them to milk shaming.” Milk producers and their allies are lobbying to scrub “milk” off the labels of plant-based rivals. Their position is: If it doesn’t come from a lactating animal, it isn’t milk. “An almond doesn’t lactate,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb famously observed. (WSJ)

Tuesday touts. Softshell crab season is in full swing. Considering how difficult it is to pick meat out of hard shell crabs, these delicacies are treasured. They were a Wednesday special recently at Waterfront and will be again this summer-fall... "India: The Cookbook," by Pushpesh Pant covers the food-dazzling subcontinent's cuisine in 960 pages, 235 illustrations and 1,000-plus recipes. It is written by a lifelong food scholar, not a movie star. It explains the diverse regional distinctions in which dishes are made in a country with somewhere between 121 and 19,000 mother languages and dialects. The quail recipes alone are worth the $55 suggested price... Wall Street Journal reports that house flipping Americans are shifting away from black and white paint jobs for home exteriors. They are now "craving less-severe, nature-inspired hues—olives, bronzes, taupes and dreamy creams."

Deals today. KFC has a Tuesday special of eight pieces of bone-in chicken for $10. They also have a new two-piece dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy and a biscuit for $4.99...  Mickey's in Yale (217 Main St., Yale) offers breaded pork chop specials on Tuesdays only... Mariscos El Pirata (6050 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines) offers $2 off all tacos on Tuesdays. Check their Facebook page for live dance band news... Abelardo's stores offer five tacos (hard, soft or fried) for $5.99 on Tuesdays... Bianca’s Grill & Vineyard (410 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny) has "family specials" on Tuesday with spaghetti, chicken Alfredo and Cajun Alfredo meals for $25, meatballs extra... Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines) has a Tuesday special of a pound of snow crab, fries and a side for $20... Kids meals are half priced all day Tuesday at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale) and all you can eat classic fried chicken is offered after 3 p.m... Opa! (2800 University Ave., West Des Moines) celebrates the gyros, in many forms, with $4.95 prices 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 — Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the June issue of North Polk Living magazine

A garden oasis
Motsch family’s outdoor space is what dreams are made of.

By Lindsey Giardino

Holly Motsch has a knack for gardening — and it shows.

The Polk City resident gardens all year round.
“I am always messing around with house plants, and I am outside gardening until the ground freezes and back outside as soon as the first crocus pops up in late February,” she says.

She created her first garden bed in 2014 and has continued to add plants and garden elements since.

“I try to give my husband, Joshua, some grass to mow, because that’s what he enjoys, but I plan on adding a few more spaces,” Motsch says. “The garden has changed a lot over the years and probably will continue to change, as my taste is always changing. I have always done my own labor, from putting in a pond to filling it back up after we had kids to putting in patios, paths and trees.”



FROM KCCI: KCCI Investigates: Dozens of schools reject arming teachers in survey of 106 districts

DES MOINES, Iowa — Of 90 Iowa school districts, 40 say they will not let trained teachers bring firearms onto school grounds, despite a new law that allows district leaders to do so. The Iowa Legislature passed HF 2586 during the 2024 legislative session. In April, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed it into law.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: John Deere laying off hundreds of eastern Iowa workers

(NewsNation) — John Deere plans to lay off hundreds of employees across three Midwest factories by the end of next month. Around 600 production workers at factories in East Moline, Illinois, and Davenport and Dubuque, Iowa, will be laid off effective Aug. 30, according to Nexstar’s WHBF.  ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Riverview Park closes brand new restrooms due to 'severe' vandalism

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Parks and Recreation announced in a public post Monday that over the weekend their newest restroom facilities at Riverview Park were severely vandalized with fireworks. Due to the severity of the damage, the facilities were immediately shut down until further notice.  ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Sources: Celtics' Jayson Tatum agrees to 5-year, $314M deal.   ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Welcome to the New College Landscape: How Each Power Four Conference Stacks Up.  ... READ MORE
CBS Sports: Tyreek Hill contract: Dolphins star 'excited' to see where he fits in growing WR market.   ...READ MORE
1964: President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act.  ... READ MORE
2021: U.S. withdraws from Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. ... READ MORE
1937: Amelia Earhart disappears. On July 2, 1937, the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan is reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific. The pair were attempting to fly around the world when they lost their bearings during the most challenging leg of the global journey: Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, a tiny island 2,227 nautical miles away, in the center of the Pacific Ocean.   ... READ MORE
Movie review

“Furiosa” (in theaters)
Writer/Director George Miller extends his Mad Max world to include a prequel to the most recent film (“Fury Road”) with Charlize Theron. In this one, Anya Taylor-Joy (so good in “The Queen’s Gambit”) plays a young version of Theron’s character. Like all the Mad Max films, the action starts almost immediately and doesn’t let up until the film is over. Chris Hemsworth is all but unrecognizable as the leader of the bad guys who endlessly chase this young woman across great spans of desert. This series shows promise. Grade: B

By Michael C. Woody. Woody has been reviewing movies on radio and television since 1986 and can be heard talking movies every Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. on KXn0 106.3 with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales. You can also follow him on Twitter @MrMovieDSM. 

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Margot Robbie, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale, Alex Morgan, Derrick White, Caitlin Carmichael, Vince Staples, Gus Halper, Larry David, Danny Griffin, Geoff Wigington, Elizabeth Reaser

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What was the name of the crime family that took over the wine importing business? THE SIP-RANOS! - Gail Tomlinson. Or THE GAM-VINOS! - Brendan Comito. Or Gotti have it? or Vino Corleone! - Rex Post

Today's riddle

Why should you always give birth in a hospital?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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