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Good Monday morning to you!

My body has plenty of aches and pains. I take ibuprofen, and most of those pains go away. It's incredible. But I also know that taking too much ibuprofen will cause problems for my body, too. The same could be said about our nation’s ongoing debt — or what we are now calling “stimulus packages.” Most of us can’t get our arms around what $1.9 trillion looks like, and that’s part of the problem. It is so massive that we dismiss it as no big deal. But it is a big deal— a HUGE deal. And it will have to be repaid somehow, some way, some day. A stimulus was certainly needed to help combat COVID-19-related issues, especially for struggling families and unemployed Americans, but I don’t know if any of us could justify $1.9 trillion.
So where is all this stimulus money going? We are specifically told it will provide $1,400 stimulus payments for most taxpayers and $300 weekly federal jobless aid through early September. We are also told — not so specifically — that it will provide funding for vaccine distribution and testing, an expansion of the child tax credit, and money for state and local governments.
   That’s a monster with a lot of heads, but that’s how federal funding seems to work today with everyone seemingly wanting and getting their piece. The whole process makes my body ache. Now where’s the ibuprofen?
   Have a marvelous Monday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

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The Score
Iowa Wild (3-7-2-0; 8 pts.) dropped game two of the weekend against the Chicago Wolves (10-2-0-1; 21 pts.) by a final score of 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa, Drake to go dancing in the NCAA tournament

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Both the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Drake Bulldogs will be competing in NCAA tournament. The Iowa Hawkeyes are second seed in the west region and will play Grand Canyon on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Drake Bulldogs will be playing Wichita State on Thursday for the opportunity to be the 11th seed. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Car Crashes into Home in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Police are investigating after a car crashed through a home in West Des Moines Sunday morning. The crash happened at a home at the intersection of EP True Parkway and Maple Street around 9 a.m. The driver of the car, 25-year-old Jordan Howes of Kansas City, Missouri, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. Howes was the only person in the car. No one in the home was injured, police said.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Organizers look forward to bringing back Iowa favorite events

DES MOINES, Iowa — More than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Iowa. And on Thursday, President Biden called for vaccines to be available to every adult in the country. As the course of the fight against the pandemic changes, local events and venues are having to decide how to move forward. … 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 Marketing Agency
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Meet Taylor Schmitt: Navigating new challenges during COVID-19.

Growing up in West Des Moines, Taylor Schmitt attended the Waukee Community School District before earning a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College, where she participated in track and field. Today, Schmitt is a fourth-grade educator for Lakewood Elementary School.
    “I've always loved having an influence on kids and being able to watch them learn and grow as students and individuals. I enjoy preparing kids for their life beyond fourth grade. Math and science are both great subjects for me to teach real-world problem solving and curiosity about the world in which we live,” Schmitt says.


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Things To Do
Shovel... and one last snowman (maybe)
As in the latest snowfall. But don't get put too much effort into it. Above-freezing temperatures will help get rid of the stuff. Meanwhile, maybe one last snowman or snowball fight is in order.

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