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Monday, July 4, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

What does the Fourth of July mean to you? A day off from work? Barbecues? Fireworks? As the anniversary of the birth of America — the greatest nation in the world — it means much more than that, at least to me.

I am a proud American. Not a proud Irish-American, or a proud German-American, or a proud French-American, or a proud Native American. I am a proud American. Yes, my heritage lies in each of those four (and likely more), but I don’t get caught up in that. I take pride in being an American, and I truly believe this is the best country in the world. This didn’t happen by accident but only by the sacrifices that so many made — and continue to make — to ensure that our country is free. Yes, freedom still rings in America, but we have to listen.

The haters will hate. They hate our military. They hate our police. They hate our government. Until they need any of them, of course. They want to drive a wedge deep between us by focusing on how we are different. None of those organizations — or the people in them — are perfect. Neither am I. Neither are the haters (and if we are being honest, we are all haters, to some degree). We all can make this great country even greater. Whether we do that — or spread hatred — is up to each one of us.

I was 7 years old in 1976 when our country celebrated its 200-year anniversary. It was an incredible time of celebration. The red, white and blue was everywhere, even promoted in our public schools. It was a time in our country shortly after dealings with war, protests, rampant drug use, a presidential impeachment, and more. An oil crisis and a farm crisis both loomed. But American pride was strong, even in this 7-year-old kid.

Today, our country seems more divided than ever, as we dwell on subjects we disagree on like abortion and guns and debt. Maybe on this one day — July 4 — we can set aside those differences, join hands and focus on what we have in common.

We are Americans.

Have a fantastic Fourth of July, and thanks for reading.

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will be with us this morning and again late tonight into Tuesday morning as temperatures heat up in your outlook. Our next good rain chance comes on Wednesday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

July 4 Trivia

Three U.S. presidents have died on the 4th of July.
James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all died on the patriotic day. (Adams and Jefferson passed in 1826, and Monroe passed five years later in 1831.)

John Adams thought Independence Day should be celebrated on July 2.
He had a point, given that the Continental Congress did declare its freedom from Great Britain on July 2, 1776. However, an official document explaining this move to the public wasn't published until two days later, on July 4, 1776.

See more Fourth of July Trivia
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FROM KCCI: Des Moines family forgives drunk driver for killing mother, wife in 2020 crash

DES MOINES, Iowa — "When she didn't call me back right away, I knew something was very wrong," said Stephanie Bartles, Linda Vander Hart's daughter. A Des Moines family is recounting one of their worst nightmares. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: One adult, two kids injured after crash with train

BUTLER COUNTY, Iowa — One adult and two children were injured after their car crashed into a train on Sunday. Emergency crews responded to a report of a crash at 3:55 p.m. at the 2nd Street railroad crossing in Parkersburg. According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, Aleshia Meeks, 28, failed to yield for a train that was traveling westbound. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa woman undergoes IORT surgery at MercyOne

"This is the first time that intraoperative radiation has been used in the state outside of breast cancer," said one medical expert..… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Insurance Agent
1. Cody Crumes - American Republic
2. Ben Buenzow - Buenzow Insurance Group
3. Blake Newton - Country Financial


Community, house hold fond memories for Hill

By Lindsey Giardino

When Joe Hill grew up in a house across the street from the nursing home in Norwalk, he was surrounded by family. His grandparents lived next door, and his uncle was just a few houses down the road.

He recalls being outside all day, riding bikes around the neighborhood and delivering the newspaper — both the morning and afternoon editions — around town with his siblings.

“It was a neat place to grow up,” Hill says.
He lived in his hometown until he married. After, Hill and his wife, Sharon, moved to Des Moines for awhile before they started having kids. That’s when they moved back to the community he loved — in 1990, to be exact.

Upon their return, the Hills built a home on E. 13th Street and lived there for nine years.

Then, one day, Sharon was on a walk and strolled by a house three doors down from the one Hill was raised in. The 1920 home was one she had admired, and Hill was convinced to purchase it.

The family moved in 20-some years ago and has lived there ever since.

From the June issue of  Norwalk  Living magazine.

MLB, July 3: Phillies 4 Cardinals 0, White Sox 13 Giants 4, Red Sox 4 Cubs 0, Orioles 3 Twins 1, Brewers 2 Pirates 0, Royals 7 Tigers 4 ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs, July 3: Columbus 9 Iowa Cubs 6
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Post Malone, Gina Lollobrigida, Geraldo Rivera, Mike Sorrentino, Andrew Zimmern, Safaree, Josh McCown

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Who are the two guys above a window?
CURT AND ROD! Got it Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Russ Cerniglia, Sherrie Colbert and Markie Harper


What sound does a cow make when it runs out of milk?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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