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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

I don’t know the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. I have never met her, and I probably never will. I do know what she supports and what she doesn’t. I agree with her sometimes, and I disagree with her others. Many of you reading this are probably in the same boat. That should be expected.

What should not be expected are unprovoked violent attacks on those whom we do not agree with. I realize these acts have been going on since human life began, as Jefferson columnist Rick Morain pointed out wonderfully here, but we are supposed to be growing as human beings, not resorting to caveman tactics.

What makes matters worse is that the attacker, whom I refuse to give any notoriety to by naming, didn’t even assault the person he had issues with. He attacked her 82-year-old husband, Paul, who has plenty of problems on his own without this incident.

I have written, said and done some silly things in my life, many that deserve criticism. But to attack my spouse is not only illogical, it’s immoral. To do so to an elected official’s spouse is even worse.

Imagine if someone had broken into the home of Paul Ryan and attacked his spouse for something he said or did. Or Tip O’Neill’s spouse? Or one of Newt Gingrich’s spouses? It sounds absurd, and all of us — Republican, Democrat or Independent — should be appalled. I am up for a good joke as much as anyone, but unprovoked physical attacks are not funny and should never be used for comedy fodder.

So what do we do now? Being an elected official is no walk in the park. And, as such, many who could be great leaders refrain from politics to avoid the scrutiny, the criticism and, unfortunately, the physical attacks. Can you blame them?

If we want great leaders, we need to protect them from harm. That starts by prosecuting the Pelosi attacker to the fullest extent of the law. The next step is to increase the penalties so they are as severe as humanly possible. Our elected officials from all parties shouldn’t have to debate much to make this happen.

You may be wondering, do elected officials deserve more protection than the average person? If we want effective leaders, that answer is yes.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

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


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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!

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2. Miyabi 9
3. Ohana Steakhouse



Skating evolution

Chen has a deep love of the sport

By Darren Tromblay

At the young age of just 2, Ankeny’s Chloe Jones Chen, now 7, took notice of some older kids in her neighborhood roller-blading in her then home of China. It was intriguing enough to her that she asked her mother for a pair of roller blades. And the rest is history in the making.

“She started practicing on her own at home and fell many times, but it didn’t seem to bother her, and she kept trying,” her mother, Yanting Huang, says. “Within a couple weeks, she became the smallest kid roller blading in the neighborhood. She loved it.”

... Read More In the October issue of Ankeny  Living magazine.

From the Food Dude

King crab and snow crab seasons have ended. There are still some supplies at Waterfront, Fresh Thyme and Whole Foods, but when they are gone, they are gone till next year.

— Jim Duncan


Warrior Run Golf Course, Oct. 25, Norwalk, Iowa. — Photo by Brent Hess

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy belated birthday to Tami Wilson and Shayne McGaughy who both celebrated yesterday!

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call it when a politician takes his or her spouse out for a sweet treat?
A CANDY-DATE! Thanks for answers Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson
Apologies Rex Post for neglecting to credit your correct answer yesterday!
Today's Riddle
What was the pasta chef trying to do by stuffing the ballot boxes at a big Broadway awards show?
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