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Good Thursday morning to you!

I recently attended a funeral of a close friend, and the pastor made an accurate comment about him, stating that most everything in his world was either black or white, right or wrong. That was part of what so many of us liked about him, but it could also be divisive.
    Those of you who read CITYVIEW know that it is full of opinions on politics, food, books, film, music and much more. My goal when I bought CITYVIEW was to fill it with all kinds of views. As a result, a day rarely goes by when I don’t receive a comment from a reader stating that he or she does not agree with something that we published. I often respond, when appropriate, that I don’t happen to agree with it either. The immediate response is then, “Well, then why would you publish that?” The answer is two-fold. First, if CITYVIEW was only filled with my opinions, it would be really boring. And second, I want to be challenged with varying views and opinions, and I hope that you do, too.
     Opinions are based on life experiences, and unless people have walked in your exact shoes their entire lives, they are bound to have different opinions than you. That’s a good thing, and we celebrate those varying views.
   I realize that this approach is not typical in today’s often slanted news coverage, but our Big Green Umbrella Media publications have thrived for years on being independent, and you can continue to expect that.
   Have a wonderful Thursday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Under the Umbrella

Jeff Pitts joined Big Green Umbrella Media in January of 2016 as a staff writer. He now works as CITYVIEW’s managing editor.
When he isn’t working or attending to his duties as a husband and a dad, he’s probably losing at fantasy football or puzzling over Mark 8:34-35. Jeff attended the University of Iowa and has no pets.

Des Moines Weather
High 52. Low 26. Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
The Score
Bulldogs coach Darian DeVries agrees to 8-year contract extension

DES MOINES, Iowa — St. Patrick’s Day is extra lucky for the Drake Bulldogs. Drake University announced Wednesday that it agreed to an eight-year contract extension with head men’s basketball coach Darian DeVries. DeVries contract extends through the 2028-2029 basketball season.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI:  Reynolds to open vaccines to all Iowans starting April 5

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that all adult Iowans will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination starting April 5. During her weekly news conference, the governor said so long as vaccine supplies from the federal government keep up with demand, she expects all Iowans to be eligible for the vaccine. She said the White House believes vaccine shipments to Iowa will double from about 100,000 per week to about 200,000 per week soon. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa Asian Alliance Needs Everyone To Speak Out Against Hate

DES MOINES, Iowa — Eight people are dead, six of which are Asian women, after a killing spree in Georgia. The sudden tragedy has left many Asians across the country feeling scared. While police remain uncertain on whether or not the killings in Atlanta were racially motivated local leaders in the Iowa Asian community say it points to an exponential increase in harm towards their population over the past year right here in Iowa.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Authorities: Pursuit ends near Prospect Park; man jumps into river

DES MOINES, Iowa — Law enforcement said Wednesday night they're investigating a pursuit that ended at a Des Moines Park, with a man jumping out of car and going into the river. Authorities were called to Prospect Park. The Des Moines Fire Department sent in a couple of boats in, searching a quarter mile of the river. They said there has been no recovery so far.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Community to Live In
1. Ankeny
2. Waukee
3. Beaverdale


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Meet Emily Henry: Creating harmony to build bright futures.

The month of March brings about thoughts of warmer weather… and spring break. But for those who enjoy teaching music, March is National Music in Our Schools Month, which celebrates educators, students, and the importance of high-quality music-education programs.
Emily Henry, who teaches elementary music at both Wilder and Whitter, knows that music does more than get the toes tapping or lift spirits — there are a lot of other benefits.
“Music is important to help students use their whole brains,” she says. “We can teach math and reading all day long, but it is so important to give students the opportunity to engage in other areas because, for some of them, it’s the most positive part of their school experience. Or, like me, they could love it and decide that’s what they want to do when they grow up.”


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Things To Do
Thursday, March 18, tipoff is at 5:27 p.m.
Wichita State vs Drake - NCAA Tournament Men’s Basketball
At: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana - TBS
Info: Cheer for the Bulldogs as Drake returns to the big dance and takes on the Shockers of Wichita State.

"Cozy is defined as a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation." — Photo by Paul Houston, West Des Moines.

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Digital Editions
Jordan Creek Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the Jordan Creek neighborhood of West Des Moines. This month's cover story shares residents' stories about their home improvement projects. Each issue includes community photos, recipe, calendar, features and informational articles. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's Jordan Creek Living  digital edition  here.

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Singer Adam Levine; Actor Queen Latifah; Actor Vanessa Williams; President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908); Author John Updike (1932-2009); Guitarist Bobby Steele.

Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday on their big day? Email name and birth month and day to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.

Poll of the Week

Were you spanked as a child?



Should apes receive COVID-19 vaccinations before humans?
Yes - 15%

No -77%

Not sure - 8%

Morning Chuckle
How do you know a leprechaun is having a good time?
He is DUBLIN over in laughter!

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