The Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio
Brian Gongol

So the French have shot down the EU Constitution like the Hindenburg...which can't be all bad for the US.

West Des Moines is in a fight with Wal-Mart over the hours they can keep their planned Jordan Creek store open. Since it's wrong to get in the way of a particular business just because you might not like them (heck, I can't stand coffee shops, but that doesn't make it reasonable to ban them), what can a town like WDM do about setting rules for stores like Wal-Mart? One suggestion: Build in a city ordinance requiring a certain amount of money to be put away in trust so that if/when a big-box store like a Wal-Mart closes, there's money on hand to either tear it down or at least keep it from becoming an eyesore.

And, finally, why America is a commercial culture above all else -- and why that's a good thing.