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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

I received a notice yesterday from the Office of the Iowa Secretary of State stating how Iowa’s absentee voting period begins today. Iowans can vote in person at their county election office now, and auditors can mail absentee ballots to voters who requested them starting today, too.

According to the notice, more than 144,000 Iowans have requested an absentee ballot so far. The deadline to request one via mail is Oct. 24.

“You can vote through the mail, in-person at the county election office, or at the polls on Election Day,” Secretary Pate said. “I encourage you to figure out which option works best for you and take the necessary steps to ensure your vote is counted.”

I don’t think I have ever voted absentee. I continue to appreciate the process of physically going to the polling site, checking in, having a ballot handed to me, marking my choices, and inserting the ballot in the machine. I even check the counter each time I vote, just to be sure it advances one. Call me paranoid, but I want to be sure my vote is counted.

I appreciate long lines at the polls. It shows passion, participation and progress. I am also not concerned when I am the only person at the poll. Passion, participation and progress are not always there, and that’s OK. Vote if you want. Or don’t. It’s your right.

Last week, the Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate mailed a postcard to approximately 47,000 Iowans who are eligible to vote but are not registered. The postcard included instructions on how to register and a QR code the recipient could use to register online. 

“Voting is a civic duty and the best way to make your voice heard,” Secretary Pate said.

Voting is a right, but is it a duty? I choose to vote, but I don't really care if you do or not. In fact, if you are not knowledgeable about the candidates or the issues, it might be best not to vote. Maybe. It’s your choice.

I am uncomfortable having elected officials use tax dollars to encourage — or discourage —voting. Pate says participation in this process helps Iowa election officials improve the accuracy of the voter rolls, register more eligible citizens, and improve efficiencies in the voting process.

That all sounds nice, but one has to wonder what ulterior motives are at play. Once again, you can call me paranoid. Meanwhile, you will find me at the polls on Nov. 8. How about you?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Winds will be diminished today and temperatures a little bit warmer. This tend continues into the weekend, with highs in the 70s by Friday and into a windy Sunday. Rain chances return next Monday.

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

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FROM KCCI: Donations to the homeless stolen off of front porch in Clive

CLIVE, Iowa — Investigators are searching for two people who they believe stole a package off of a front porch in Clive. It happened on Northwest 90th Street and police say the two suspects appear to be children, and the case has been assigned to Clive's School Resource Officer....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines police rescue passenger from burning car after chase, driver arrested

DES MOINES, Iowa – Officers rescued a passenger from a burning car early Tuesday morning in Des Moines after police said the driver led them on a chase that ended in a crash. The pursuit began around 1:01 a.m. after an officer with the Des Moines Police Department tried to pull over a car for traffic violations near Hubbell Ave. and Easton Blvd., said Sgt. Paul Parizek. The driver, 53-year-old Anthony Formaro, took off and crashed just a short distance away near E. 29th St. and Hubbell Ave.....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2 juveniles arrested following reports of gunshots at Lions Park

URBANDALE, Iowa — Two teenagers were arrested in Urbandale after the sound of a gunshot was reported near Lions Park Tuesday afternoon, the Urbandale Police Department said in a press release.  Urbandale Police received the report at around 12:20 p.m. Witnesses at the scene told officers that two individuals were seen leaving the park and heading toward Urbandale High School. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Fall colors at Ledges State Park. Photo taken by Paul Houston.
From the Food Dude

With British economic gurus in full panic over monetary policy, food took the political spotlight in Britain this weekend. Green vandals all over the country attacked supermarkets to pour fresh dairy products on the floor while smashing eggs on walls and floors. They were protesting for "plant based food." At the nation's National Gallery, other protesters attacked Van Gogh's "Sunflowers," which are a plant based food, with tomato soup, which is not when it includes dry milk, as it usually does. President Biden visited an ice cream store in Portland Sunday to defend dairy and egg farmers, or just because he likes ice cream. — Jim Duncan

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 Pediatrician
1. Dr. Brian Waggoner - Waggoner Pediatrics of Central Iowa
2. Dr. Daniel Pelzer - The Iowa Clinic
3. Dr. Rana Al-Durrah - MercyOne Johnston Pediatrics Care Clinic



Meet Jacki Pleggenkuhle

Teaching the importance of communication skills.

By Darren Tromblay

Jacki Pleggenkuhle teaches speech and serves as the high school speech team director for the Waukee Community School District.

What do you do as a speech teacher?
“My goal as a teacher is to meet each student at the door and push them beyond what they ever thought they could do. I encourage students to find their voice and develop the communication and presentation effectiveness needed to have positive relationships and confident performances. You can't get/hold a job or have healthy relationships if you lack communication skills. I currently teach Speech II and the DMACC speech course, Fundamentals of Oral Communication.”

... Read More In the September issue of Waukee  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Lil Durk, Jon Favreau, John Lithgow, Gillian Jacobs, Michael Gambon, Evander Holyfield, Rich Hoidahl,

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How do ghosts search the web?
THEY GHOUL-GLE! Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson
Other answers: With a “web” browser, William Snyder
They use BOOGLE! Chuck Golliher
Today's Riddle
What do you call Ryan Gosling in a mummy costume?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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