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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Opinions. Everyone has them, or so the saying goes.

I bought a newspaper in Guthrie County earlier this month, and I have been flooded with positive comments and support from local residents. A specific question has come up a few times, and it deals with opinions. Some of the readers of the newspaper want to know where I lean politically, and if I will use the paper to push an agenda. That is a fair question, and an interesting one, especially in the divided country we now live in. (For what it’s worth, I blame social media for driving the wedge, not newspapers or TV or radio. The negative energy pools that Facebook, Twitter, Next Door and others have become spur hatred without consequences. If any of us in traditional media allowed the comments that show up regularly in those mediums, we would be in court fighting libel and slander suits. That’s not an opinion. That’s a fact.)

There are thousands of places where people can find and follow ideology that supports their opinions. Personally, I want my opinions challenged, and I want to think outside of the box that I put myself in. On the flip side, I am convinced that most people today don’t want others’ opinions forced down their throats.

For decades, newspaper editors felt publishing strong opinion pieces was their duty, their responsibility. For a time, that may have been true. Some editors still hold on to this perspective and continue to push their agendas in ink and then wonder why they have alienated half or more of their audience.

There is a time and place for opinions. In CITYVIEW, we publish many about food, music, books, movies, politics and more. CITYVIEW readers expect those opinions, and we deliver a wide range. But a community newspaper is different.

Using a community newspaper to push an agenda just doesn’t make good business sense today, as many editors and publishers are discovering. A newspaper should be about the people, places and events in the communities it serves, not the judgments of the persons who own or operate it.

Through this daily column, I have learned that making people smile is much more fun than making people angry. That makes good sense in business… and in life — in my opinion.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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

From the Food Dude

Micheal Lavalle has resigned his position as head of Embassy Club kitchen. Michael Bailey is now in charge. — Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll again be, you guessed it, hot and breezy into the weekend. We have rain chances Friday and Sunday, and the Sunday rain chance looks to knock temps down a little bit to the upper 80s and lower 90s.

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

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FROM KCCI: YSS announces new facility plans

CAMBRIDGE, Iowa — Better mental health services are on the way for Iowa's youngest as YSS, a youth nonprofit, announced its new youth recovery campus, called Ember, on Tuesday. The 50-acre campus will be near Cambridge, which is between Ames and Des Moines. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: New foods announced for 2022 Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IOWA — The countdown to the arrival of the 2022 Iowa State Fair has reached 22 days. On Tuesday one of the biggest pre-Fair announcements was made: the list of new foods on the Fairgrounds this year and the three that will compete to be the champion.  ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines City Council approves basic income pilot program

DES MOINES, Iowa — 110 people in the metro will receive $500 a month under a basic income pilot program approved by Des Moines City Council Monday night. The focus will be on individuals with low incomes. The program is headed by the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, with the Harkin Institute and Des Moines University assisting with research.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

A pair of mourning doves have been regular visitors to my yard. Photo by Tammy Pearson
Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.
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 Fine Dining
1. Gastro Grub & Pub
2. 801 Chophouse
3. Simon’s


Meet Linda Withers

Bringing magic into the classroom

By T.K. West

Linda Withers joined the Johnston Community School District three years ago after her husband accepted a job in the Des Moines area. Living most of her childhood in Winona, Minnesota, Withers graduated from Winona State University with a degree in elementary education and speech communication/theater arts and holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Northern Iowa.

Throughout her career, Withers has taught various grade levels ranging from preschool art to second, third, fifth, and sixth graders as well as university students at both Wartburg College and the University of Northern Iowa. Today, Withers is a third-grade educator at Wallace Elementary School.

... Read More From the July issue of Johnston Living.

MLB All Stars Game: American League 3 National League 2
Iowa Cubs face Omaha July 22 in Omaha.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Mona Bond!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Chris Cornell, Gisele Bündchen, Sandra Oh, Julianne Hough, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Carlos Santana, Judy Greer, Josh Holloway, Omar Epps, Ray Allen, Paige Hurd, John Francis Daley, Dean Winters, Terri Irwin, Joey Bragg

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
My friend has a therapy dog she takes to visit patients in the hospital. I have a therapy opossum. We are banned from visiting patients. Why?
IT UPSET THEM WHEN IT PLAYED DEAD. I didn't think I would get many guesses since I made this one up, but Brent Antisdel and Gail Tomlinson guessed what I had in mind.


Why did I quit taking my therapy turtle to visit the senior living center?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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