MORNING BUZZ: Ingersoll TIFF, NATO and Penny

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Good Morning!

I hope you had a good weekend and that you are enjoying the beautiful late spring weather.


The City of Des Moines is working to extend the success its had in the Western Gateway to the Ingersoll and Grand corridor between 42nd and 15th.  The idea is to get more business…I would think especially along Ingersoll.  I remember when we moved here you couldn’t get someone to walk down the street between downtown and the station.  It’s starting to be a place where you can eat, live and work.  


So there were thousands of people protesting in Chicago this weekend for the NATO summit.  They all seemed to have differing agendas and while the vast majority were peaceful…it seems there were more than a few who wanted to be like the last drunk kid in a College bar…just lookin’ for someone to fight.

I support these people’s right to protest…but their grievances against NATO seemed to center on the fact that NATO exists.  I want a world where we don’t have to have military alliances too…but that’s not the real world.

 I read a quote from a guy who said NATO existed to keep the 1% in control of the 99%.  How many situations is that going to apply to?  Is it even starting to sound crazy to people who supported the Occupy movement?  NATO countries don’t give a rip about what is going on in the US.  They’ve got their own issues right now.  And while we’re on the subject of the 99%.  How is it possible that the 99% are sick and tired of the wealthy 1%, when the same people are advocating a tax on the highest 3% of earners?…Are people who make more than 100k but less than 250k part of the 99%.  I doubt people who make that much money feel under anyone’s thumb.  The math is making my head explode…but I think the answer is…A train is leaving Chicago filled with the same 1% of the population that would protest just about anything.  The rest of the 96% were ready to get back to work.

I love this clip from West Wing:



1 in 4 American kids have diabetes?  When the H-E-double hockey sticks did that happen?    It seems we’re getting our arms wrapped around our children’s newly found girth and remembering that if you cut gym class then kids may never get any physical activity.  

College or $100,000

So Jeriann saw a story on 60 minutes last night where a guy out in Silicon Valley is giving promising college students $100,000 to quit college and venture out to follow their dreams.  We had a talk about this during the breaks and Jeriann made the point that the best education she got was her first job.  I can’t say I disagree with that.  College isn’t for everyone…and we have turned it into a societal expectation…as if something is wrong with you if you don’t go.  My Dad took over his family’s business and didn’t need a four-year degree to do it.  I knew what I wanted to do and went to a school that offered training in that  skill.  If you have an idea of what you’d like to do…find a University that will help forward that goal.  if you don’t…maybe a couple years at a local CC would help get you focused on a career.  I also think we could do a little more to teach kids to grown up a little sooner.  We’ve become a society that treats kids like their Grandma’s china…how about pushing kids to figure out what it is they are going to use to make a living?  It’s OK if that isn’t in an office…or if you don’t need a traditional four-year degree to do it…but treating kids as if they can take as much time as they want to make a decision isn’t healthy either.  Life has deadlines and this is one of them.  Careers don’t have to start at 21.  Paying the rent does.    


Sally’s Grandma Penny passed away this weekend.  She was a true family Matriarch and a wonderful woman.  She was 93 and still walked the beach, went to the ballet, had a regular bridge game and a standing Sunday date at Taco Bell with her friends.  She raised three sons that anyone would be proud to call their friend and had a lot to offer a group of grandchildren with a wide variety of personalities and passions. People who met Penny usually walked away with a smile.  I know I did.

Have a good day!


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