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June 06, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Stray Thoughts

Our nation needs to focus on the greater good

Middle ground seems to have disappeared in the United States, and that’s unfortunate. These days, there’s no appetite for the give-and-take that leads to compromise. Regardless of the side you [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in The Culture Buzz

Greetings, Cultural Catalysts:

From the dynamic MainFrame Studios Building at 900 Keosauqua Way in Des Moines, Iowa comes your Listener-supported Community Voice, the Award-Winning independent radio station KFMG-LP 98.9 FM, bringing you music, literature & cultural news from the American [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Morain

Most gun laws result from policy, not constitutionality

America is very good at mourning its victims of mass shootings. Should be — we get plenty of practice. Local, state and national leaders express their heartfelt condolences to the [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Feature 1

Hit the road: The finest and quirkiest road trip destinations Iowa has to offer

One summer, my dad took our family across the state on a road-trip frenzy. Every weekend brought us to a new destination. We visited the Field of Dreams, where the [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Feature 2

‘Death Moans’ no more: Food and civic esteem in Des Moines

Webster defines pride as “a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Business Feature

Cutting the cord: Are central Iowa consumers ready to drop cable and satellite forever?

Leading cable and satellite TV providers in the Des Moines metro are losing subscribers. Fast. Company-wide, Dish Network lost 583,000 pay-TV subscribers in 2021. Mediacom lost 71,000. DirecTV does not [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Civic Skinny

Traditional parking meters on the out. Political campaign contributions on the rise.

As more employees return to the office and in-person events are scheduled, the City of Des Moines is nearing the completion of its transition away from traditional parking meters. The [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Political Mercury

It’s common sense, non-partisan Iowa group says of reforming cannabis laws

Political Mercury’s Douglas Burns recently conducted an interview with Bradley Knott, the founder of the Campaign for Sensible Cannabis laws. This week, Knott and his team launched the website FreetheweedIowa.org. Knott is a veteran political consultant [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Film Review

‘The Bad Guys’ enlivens a story familiar to cartoon fans young and old

“We may be bad, but we’re so good at it.” Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), the lupine leader of the larcenous critters at the center of the animated comedy “The Bad [...]

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June 01, 2022 by Beckham Miller in Food Dude

The Reinhardt Room is for showing off

Four decades ago, the wise men of Des Moines invited architect and prophet Mario Gandelsonas of Princeton to town. Gandelsonas presented a vision of a future Des Moines that predicted [...]

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