Around Town – February 7

Orchids to …

• Rovene Quigley for bringing John Mellencamp to the Crump Theatre in 2008.

• Eric McDonald, James West and Ray King of the Columbus Free Methodist church for their kindness, from a disabled person.

• Columbus Free Methodist Church, for an awesome fellowship lunch on Sunday.

• Local clergy for the excellent letter condemning ethnic and religious discrimination under the transparently false pretense of national security.

• Dennis and JoAnne Anness for their gift.

• the Columbus North girls basketball team for winning the sectional, from John Tinkey.

• Columbus North girls basketball team for setting the standard of excellence by earning its sixth consecutive sectional championship.

• 84 Lumber for the most amazing Super Bowl ad ever (the full version, not the edited one).

• Not On Our Ice attendees and supporters, from Turning Point.

• Kota Benjamin and family for taking on Not On Our Ice as your senior project, from Turning Point.

• Alan Trisler, Sarah Cannon, Zach Greiner and Mike Ward for volunteering your time to support Kota’s Not On Our Ice event and senior project, from Turning Point.

• Chris Harrison for his letter to the editor Sunday and Tom Nowak for his column Sunday.

• lawmakers who reject simplistic answers to complex issues.

• Richard Gold for his excellent letter to the editor praising the common good above divisive language from our top officials.

• all of the folks who travel up and down County Road 265N without littering.

• Gloria Stillabower for the lovely afghan blanket you knitted for us, from Sharon and Ray.

• journalists, who play a vital role in protecting us by constantly demanding the truth and accountability from the new administration.

Onions to …

• those who don’t realize that most radio stations are obligated by contract to cover sporting events.

• people who are still complaining about roundabouts.

• those who are still complaining about the president and vice president.

• the lady at a local bank drive-up lane who was smoking in a car with the windows rolled up and three little girls inside.

• the city of Columbus for allowing a new “junk yard” on a high-traffic street where trees were cut to expose the junk vehicles.

• the progressive party who sadly believes giving all of our assets to the world will protect us from evil and enable the USA to live in harmony.

• those adding to the original architectural landscape at the public building as it is insulting to the original architects.

• The Republic for the paper they use now to print the paper as it won’t lay flat.

• the newspaper for having two sections of half sheets cut either vertically or horizontally which make it impossible to read without it falling apart in your lap.

• people who haven’t figured out that any federal money is taxpayer money.

• bicycle riders who ride against traffic when the law is to ride in the direction of it.

• any medical facility that allocates funds toward unnecessary literature instead of toward lowering patient bills.

• any retirement homes that put locks on the thermostats, especially when they have severe drafts from windows and doors.

• businesses that don’t answer the phone on Saturday or Sunday when they are supposed to be open.

• The Republic for making Saturday’s paper a chopped up mess.

• the center that served cottage cheese and pineapple for breakfast.

• those who praise a cheater for winning.

Happy Birthday to …

• Logan Cline, from your family and Donna.

• Luretta Clark, from Ron and Sally.

• Jeanie Wheeler, from your family and Donna.

• Anisha Vulagonda, from Mrs. Erickson.

• James Pitney, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Tracy Cowan, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Trebor Clark, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Ken Holt, from Bob, Jeri, Bonnie, Kassie and the rest of your family.

• Shaylie Grace Fouts on No. 10, from mom, dad, Shelbie, Branson, Kighler, Great-grandma Sharon, Papaw Jim, Grandpa Greg in heaven and all your other family members and friends.

• Julia Greene, with love from mom and dad.

• Joe Fleetwood on No. 5, from Mommy, Daddy, the Fleetwoods, the Comptons, the Snyders and the St. Clairs.

• Gabe Schoettner, from Mom, Dad, Grandma Joan and Grandma Jean.

• Julie Greene, from Grandma Judy and Pappaw Tom.

• Patsy Hitch Battin, from Jayson, Brandon, Rylan, Kyler, Kamry, Mom and Dad Hitch, Betty, Kirt, Marilyn, John, Penny, Charlie, Donny, Sammy, Sisco and all the rest of your family and friends.

• Ambra Burns, from Isabella, Joe, Mommy, Ashley, J.C., Orie, Jarett, Lyla, Mammaw and Pappaw Vannice, Granny and Pap Hitch, Royce, Taylor, Marilyn, John, Patsy, Penny, Charlie, Donny, Sammy and all the rest of your family and friends.

Happy Anniversary to …

• J.B. and Jeanette Freeman, from your friends at St. Bartholomew County Catholic Parish.

• J.B. and Jeanette Freeman, on No. 58, from Marian, Imojene, the Millers and the Kirbys.

ANOTHER beautiful morning