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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Duck and cover. That may sound like a country music duo, but it’s not. At least I don’t think so. Those three words were a technique used in air raid drills that many of you who attended public schools in the 1950s and 1960s may recall. It was part of a preparation for U.S. citizens to survive being bombed by the Soviet Union.

Duck and cover. Students were instructed to get under their school desks or get on their knees and cover their heads. Mandatory drills were in place to have kids practice the technique, handouts were sent home with students, and President Kennedy was telling Americans to build nuclear fallout shelters in their backyards. Congress allocated $169 million to identify suitable public buildings, erect fallout shelter signs on them, and stock them with supplies. It was a time of immense fear about something we were told was deadly and imminent, and even the silliest of precautionary efforts that were promoted by the government were taken seriously.

Duck and cover. The nuclear fallout shelters were to be stocked with water (at least one gallon of water per person, per day), canned food and a supply of potassium iodide tablets to help protect from cancer caused by radioactive fallout. We now know that these shelters would have been mostly useless in cities that were attacked and of limited benefit in outlying areas. What were the survivors to do when they eventually had to leave the shelter after five days or 30 days or whatever the nightly news said and be exposed to the nuclear fallout? OK, so maybe all the details weren’t pieced together to survive a nuclear attack. They still aren’t, at least not for us commoners. But in the 1960s, President Kennedy was attempting to persuade the Soviet Union that we were prepared and indestructible. Do you think Khrushchev was convinced?

Duck and cover. I was too young for this drill. The practice, along with the stocking and use of the nuclear fallout shelters, had mostly disappeared by the 1970s when I was in elementary school. But those nuclear fallout shelter signs with the three yellow triangles in a black circle were still posted, and my friends and I wondered what they were for. A few of these signs can still be seen in banks, hotels, libraries, post offices, schools and hospitals. The fear of nuclear war subsided in the 1970s but reared its ugly head again in the 1980s. Unfortunately, it all feels a bit too real again today.

Duck and cover.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be a great day today with a breezy high near 71 expected. A slight chance of rain is ahead on a cooler Thursday, with another rain chance Friday. We get back into the 60s on Saturday and Sunday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do
Wednesday, March 16, 6-9 p.m.
Schaffer The Darklord with LEX The Lexicon Artist
Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave.
Schäffer the Darklord is a New York City-based rapper and comedian.
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FROM KCCI: Preparations underway for St. Patrick's Day parade, celebrations

It's been two years since the public has been able to celebrate this holiday without any restrictions ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Drop in graduation rate has Iowa educators reflecting on students’ needs

DES MOINES, Iowa — According to the Iowa Department of Education, during the 2021 school year, 90.2% of students graduated from high school. That’s a 1.6 percent drop from the state’s recent high set in 2020, which is likely a result of the ongoing pandemic.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPD: Woman shot while waiting at traffic light

Police said pieces of bullet and glass likely hit her face. She suffered a minor injury and drove herself to the hospital . … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's 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!

Best Local Vet Clinic
1. Oaks Veterinary Clinic
2. Value Vet
3. Starch Pet Hospital


Enriching lives with community theater:
Local talent shines on Winterset Stage.

By TK West

With roots tracing back to The Apple Tree Players, who performed in the early 1970s, Cindy and Jason Stanbro launched the Winterset Stage in 2010 after a period without an organized theater group. At first, the vision of the theater was to have semi-professional productions with actors paid a stipend for their work. However, when the Stanbros relocated, the Winterset Stage Board decided to return to a true community theater format with volunteers from the Winterset area.

Board President Scott Smith says they knew there was a lot of talent in the greater Winterset area and that they could continue with their mission of building community through the arts to entertain, to enrich, and to provide avenues of artistic development for all ages.



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A pair of Burring Owls. They either excavate their homes themselves or, quite frequently, take over underground shelters from larger rodents. These owls will gather dung of other animals and spread it out like a welcome mat around the entrances to their den to attract dung beetles and other juicy insects. It’s just like placing a call to DoorDash. Photo by Paul Houston
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Alexandra Daddario, Lauren Graham, Alan Tudyk, Blake Griffin, Brooke Burns, Flavor Flav, Victor Garber, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Wolfgang Van Halen, Erik Estrada, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nancy Wilson

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Poll of the Week
Do/Did you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Will you continue to wear a mask in public?
Yes - 37%
No - 55%
Not sure - 8%

Morning Chuckle
What is the difference between a dressmaker and a farmer?
ONE SEWS WHAT IS GATHERED AND THE OTHER GATHERS WHAT IS SOWED. Getting the sew/sow connection were John Zeitler, Peri Van Tassel, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Rex Post, Diane Doro


What kind of cars do eggs drive?

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