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Good Thursday morning to you!

The Department of Defense should not go on the offense.

That’s a strong feeling I have had for most of my adult life, and it is why I changed my political affiliation to independent in the 1990s. I support having a strong military and the financing to make sure of it, as one of the key responsibilities of our leaders is to protect American citizens. But when we send our soldiers, equipment and money to other countries, it should be for sound reasons — and the end goal must be crystal clear.

Years ago, when I was managing a printing plant in Nebraska, I was working late and went up to the local diner for a sandwich. The place was mostly empty, so I struck up a conversation with a young man there. He told me that he was a soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan. I thanked him for his service, and he then explained to me that he reenlisted and was heading back to Afghanistan the following week. I asked him what prompted this, and he sternly replied, “We have a job to finish.” I was amazed at his loyalty and allegiance to our country. That commitment may be rare in many people today, but it was as strong as steel in this American soldier. I thought of him recently when I learned of the Taliban recapturing key cities in Afghanistan since the U.S. evacuation began.

Nearly 2,500 American service members died in America’s longest war, more than 20,000 have been wounded, and nearly $2 trillion has been spent in this debt-financed effort. Generations of Americans will remember the human losses and be burdened with the cost of paying off the financial debt.

I realize the war was unpopular. I realize it was costly in lives and money. And I realize it needed to come to an end at some point. But I worry about what we left there and what will become of it. I worry about the soldiers who gave so much of their lives in a commitment to finish what they started in that region. And, most of all, I worry about what is to come if the Taliban continues to grow.

Any meaningful goal must be measurable, regardless of how significant or insignificant it is, because, ultimately, there must be a way to determine if it was accomplished or not. The young soldier I talked with that evening wanted to finish the job, complete the mission. Unfortunately, I am not sure if anyone knew what the end goal truly was. Regardless, when they were asked to go on the offense, they did. He and his fellow soldiers are American heroes, and I am truly thankful for their service.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Another hot day today with Friday being warm as well. Rain chances ramp up Friday evening and last into Saturday morning. Saturday will feel cooler with dewpoints dropping to near 50. Another rain chance comes our way Sunday night into Monday. A third chance comes late Tuesday into a cooler Wednesday.

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A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: 'We'd love to have them here': Ernst, Reynolds hope to resettle Afghan refugees in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa would welcome refugees from Afghanistan who want to resettle, saying their situation is much different from the immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border Reynolds refused to accept in April. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Hy-Vee hints at return of IndyCar series to Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Big news is coming for local racings fans. The IndyCar Series and Hy-Vee will hold a press conference Thursday morning to announce “a major sporting event that will be coming” to Iowa..  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: COVID-19 outbreak among DMPS staff forces district to close some buildings

DES MOINES, Iowa — With classes set to start in just one week, Des Moines Public Schools announced an outbreak among staff forced the district to close two buildings through "at least Monday." .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (40-51) scored six runs in the final two innings to take an 11-7 victory over the St. Paul Saints (50-41), evening the series at one game apiece, Wednesday at CHS Field. ... READ MORE
MLB: Cubs 7 Reds 1, Twins 8 Indians 7, Royals 3 Astros 2, Brewers 6 Cardinals 4, White Sox 3 Athletics 2 ...READ MORE
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Grocery Store
1. Hy-Vee
2. Fareway
3. Gateway Market


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Community rallies behind cancer survivor

By Lindsey Giardino

Rhonda Johnson is nearly a lifelong Johnston resident.

She grew up in neighboring Saylorville, and her first job at the age of 16 was at the original Johnston Hy-Vee, which eventually became home to City Hall. When Hy-Vee built its new facility in town in the mid-1980s, Johnson was one of the first checkers to work there. She even remembers when 86th Street was just farmland and there were only a few businesses in town.

So when she was a bit older, and it was time to start her own life, Johnson chose to move to Johnston and plant her roots even deeper.
Johnson and her husband, Jon, have three children, the youngest of whom just graduated from Johnston High School. She says it was fun to have her kids involved in sports and see them make new friends, while she and Jon became friends with their parents as well.


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Jason Brown at the MidAmerican stage at the Iowa State Fair. — Photo by Scott Tilton

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Shelli Pulley! Enjoy your special day!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Matthew Perry, Bill Clinton, Coco Chanel, John Stamos, Melissa Fumero, Ethan Cutkosky, Kyra Sedgwick, Fat Joe, Michelle Borth, Jonathan Frakes, Romeo Miller, Gerald McRaney, Erika Christensen, Jill St. John, Gene Roddenberry, Kirk Cousins, Kirk Herbstreit

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When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

A day ago
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Results of last week's poll:

Do you know how to swim?

Yes - 81%
No - 19%

Morning Chuckle
When does a horse talk?
WHINNY FEELS LIKE IT! - Shirley Petersen and Judy Anderson. OR When his name is Mr Ed - Gail Tomlinson. OR When it’s saddled with regrets - William Snyder. OR When Mr. Ed provided words of wisdom to Wilbur - Larry Herren.

What did the horse say when it fell?

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