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Good Tuesday morning to you!

My friend Terri says I don’t drink enough water. And she may be right. I have explained to her that, when I am thirsty, I go to the faucet and drink a full glass of water. I don’t carry around a half-gallon with me at all times like she does, but to each her own. Meanwhile, she sees drinking water as the solution to most everything. Have a headache? Drink more water. Feet itch? Drink more water. Kidney stones? Drink more water. Global warming? OK, maybe not that one — maybe.
     Although I don’t hoard H20, I do value it. As a high school and college wrestler who cut his share of weight, I clearly understand water balance and real thirst. And on a related note, as a kid who worked on farms in rural Iowa, I saw the magnitude of chemicals and livestock manure that found their way into rural streams and rivers.
     Yes, I do value our water, and I am concerned about it. Thanks to the work of people like the late Bill Stowe (former Des Moines Water Works CEO) and the inquisitive Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times editor, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author), we have all become more aware of the importance of clean water. The situation has improved, but we can — and must — do better. I, for one, would like to continue to go to the faucet and fill up my glass. And Terri, of course, wants to keep toting that half-gallon.
     Have a terrific Tuesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

Tuesday History Tidbit


On March 23, 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

During the late 1830s, it was a favorite practice among younger, educated circles to misspell words intentionally, then abbreviate them and use them as slang when talking to one another. Just as teenagers today have their own slang based on distortions of common words, such as “kewl” for “cool” or “DZ” for “these,” the “in crowd” of the 1830s had a whole host of slang terms they abbreviated. Popular abbreviations included “KY” for “No use” (“know yuse”), “KG” for “No go” (“Know go”), and “OW” for all right (“oll wright”).



Des Moines Weather
High 58 and low of 46. Rain for sure. Thunderstorm maybe. Quick. Name 3 rain songs. "Here Comes the Rain Again" by the Eurythmics 1983. "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" by BJ Thomas, 1969. "Umbrella" by Rihanna 2008. Which is stuck in your head now?
The Score

ISU Women 79, MSU 75

Ashley Joens poured in 33 points as 7th-seeded ISU took down 10th-seeded MSU 79-75 Monday night in Round One of the NCAA Women’s Tournament.


Iowa Wild 1, Rockford IceHogs, 6

Iowa Wild (4-8-2-0; 10 pts.) couldn’t recover from three goals against in the opening nine minutes of play as the Rockford IceHogs (6-9-1-0; 13 pts.) topped Iowa 6-1 Monday night in Rockford, Ill.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Bill easing Iowa's gun law moves to Gov. Reynolds' desk

DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill to end the requirement that Iowans obtain a permit to buy a gun is on its way to Gov. Kim Reynolds’s desk. The Iowa Senate passed the bill Monday afternoon 31 - 17. House File 756 eliminates the requirement for a permit to purchase a handgun, but federal background checks would still be required by licensed dealers. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines Mother and Son Charged for Their Roles in the US Capitol Riot on January 6th

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Des Moines man is facing 13 federal charges for his alleged role in the January 6th riot in the US Capitol while his mother is facing five federal charges of her own. Deborah and Salvador Sandoval, Jr were indicted last week in federal court in Washington, D.C. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Statewide tornado drill in Iowa set for Wednesday at 11 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Although winter has just barely ended, it will be severe weather season in Iowa in just a short matter of time. Peak severe weather season for the state is normally May through July, but storms are possible at any point during the spring, summer and fall. … 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 Place To Bowl
1. Great Escape
2. Warrior Lanes
3. Air Lanes


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Joe's Extra

March madness
By Joe Weeg

“Weeg,” my eighth-grade basketball coach yelled, “go in for Brown.”

Sure. Behind by 30 points, the coach thinks it’s safe for me to enter the game.

But is it really?

First, doesn’t the coach know that I don’t want to touch the basketball? Duh. Once you touch the ball, there are expectations. People expect you to do something. I can’t dribble. I can’t pass. I can’t shoot. My options are limited. I could always just throw the ball away, but then I usually get yelled at — even by my teammates. Perhaps the bench is where I belong?


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Things To Do
Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Iowa Songwriter Showcase featuring Angela Meyer
At: Stephens Auditorium stage, Ames, or online
Info: www.center.iastate.edu/events/angelameyer
From small town Iowa, country music artist Angela Meyer will perform on the Stephens Auditorium stage. Meyer is a country music artist based in Eastern Iowa in the tiny town of McCausland. She has played professionally around the QC area for more than a decade and has traveled far beyond to play shows anywhere from New Mexico to New York. Along the way she has graced stages of all sizes including the National Finals Rodeo events in Las Vegas.
Tables with seating for up to 4 people are available for $40 each. Tables are available online and must be purchased in advance. Livestream links are available for $10 for a single stream and $20 for a group stream. Purchase a table or livestream link(s) here: www.center.iastate.edu/events/angelameyer.


The Center Street Bridge. — Photo by Paul Houston

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Celebrity Birthdays

Actor Joan Crawford, Singer Chaka Khan, Basketball Player Kyrie Irving, Blogger Perez Hilton, Actor Randall Park; Princess Eugenia


Poll of the Week

How many greeting cards do you mail per year?
100 or more

Were you spanked as a child?
Yes 87%
No 13%

Morning Chuckle
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