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Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022
Good Thursday morning to you!

“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

Those were the words of Casey Kasem when he would close out each episode of his American Top 40 radio show. I agree. Human beings have no business in the sky. That’s probably not what Casey had in mind when he coined the phrase, but that’s my interpretation… and here’s why.

I have long believed that humans were made to roam the land. If we were intended to be in the sky, we would have wings. We don’t, but that hasn’t stopped generations of humans from trying to get into the air. Flying in an airplane is unnerving to me, but it is now an acceptable means of transportation for me and for most people. Damn those Wright brothers.

Oh, well. I get it, and I do fly in commercial planes. But skydiving? Bungee jumping? Paragliding? The margin for error in these activities is slim. Casey was right. Reaching for the stars is fine, but keep your feet on the ground, for crying out loud.

Meanwhile, about 2.8 million skydives are made in the U.S. each year. The United States Parachute Association, which has 40,000 members, recorded 11 fatal skydiving accidents in 2020, a rate of 0.39 fatalities per 100,000 jumps. They contrast that with a 1 in 6,000 chance of dying in a car wreck for those who drive 10,000 miles or more per year. I’m not debating their math, but I still like my personal odds better in an automobile.

The thought of landing on the ground in a parachute makes my back ache. My skydiving friends tell me that the impact is similar to jumping off a garage, which, to be honest, doesn’t sound appealing either. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for supporting the 73,000 or so chiropractors in the U.S., but I prefer to avoid activities that compress my spine.

So, yes, I am choosing to keep my feet on the ground. And those stars? Well, I will keep reaching.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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A wind chill advisory is in effect until noon today. Expect wind chills of 20 to 30 below today and 15 to 25 below overnight into Friday, when we will top out with a temperature near 17. Twenties are ahead Saturday into Monday. We may also see a few snowflakes Saturday, Sunday and again late on Monday. Colder air moves back in on Tuesday.

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Things To Do

Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. (exhibit runs Jan. 17 - Feb. 25)
Awards show for “Double Exposure”
At: Polk County Heritage Gallery, 111 Court Ave., Des Moines
Info: “From the first camera obscura to the original Kodak, from Polaroids to DSLRs, photographers’ methods have evolved again and again,” writes Polk County Heritage Gallery. “But what hasn’t changed is the power of the resulting image.” Photography continues to be a potent form of artistic expression, and this year’s installment of this annual juried photo show honors both the strength of the medium and its ever-changing technique. “Double Exposure” features still photography shot exclusively with film cameras and with camera phones. The juxtaposition of film and phone photography represents both tradition and innovation.

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FROM KCCI: 5G rollout will not impact Des Moines International Airport

DES MOINES, Iowa — Verizon and AT&T rolled out their new 5G service nationwide Wednesday. The rollout comes after several delays due to safety concerns and a warning from the aviation industry that the signal could seriously disrupt airplane navigation systems. Despite those concerns, Des Moines International Airport spokesperson Kayla Kovarna said there weren't any 5G-related problems as the new service launched. That's because the type of 5G coverage that rolled out Wednesday is not being deployed in Iowa. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 1 killed after SUV is hit by train at rural Iowa crossing

MONROE COUNTY, IOWA — A woman was killed Wednesday morning when her SUV was hit by an Amtrak passenger train. It happened around 10:30 a.m. on 695th Avenue near the town of Avery. The Iowa State Patrol says an Amtrak train was eastbound when it hit the vehicle as it crossed the tracks. The driver of the SUV, 58-year old Melinda Stewart of Albia, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on board the train was injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa DOT experimenting with recycled plastics to increase the lifespan of asphalt

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is integrating a recycled plastic mix into asphalt in hopes that it can help roads last longer.
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CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

The polls have closed, the results have been tallied, and the 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices will be announced soon! Watch for results in the February issue of CITYVIEW!


A woodland retreat in the middle of Adel:
Leininger replicates a Colorado feeling.

By Marsha Fisher

Born and raised in Adel, Dennis Leininger openly expresses his feelings for his hometown.

“I love living in Adel,” says Dennis. “Whenever I cross that Raccoon River bridge coming into town, I know I’m home. ‘Growing up Adel’ was an incredible experience. We could play all over town and always knew the other parents in town were looking after us, and we were safe.”

Leininger was away from Adel for about 20 years while he attended college and then worked and lived in Des Moines. In the late 1990s, he moved to the River Valley Golf Course.

However, after driving by his current home in town and missing the opportunity to buy it, he later jumped at the chance when it became available again in 2007.


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