Tonight's show took a lot away from two comments I overheard this week. The first was in an airport:
"I'm from New York. I don't trust anybody."
The other was in Ames, when someone suggested that a man cut in line for the restroom so he could get back to his job sooner. His reply:
"We're from Iowa. We don't do that."
I'm not saying that we're better than people from other parts of the country. There are good people everywhere. But I think it's one of Iowa's true advantages that there really is a sense of honesty and fair play built into our community culture. That's valuable, even if it doesn't show up on a corporate balance sheet anywhere. We should do our best to cultivate and encourage that sense of honesty -- it's a real advantage in our favor.
Thanks for listening this week!