Orchids to …
• Scott and Stephanie for your much-appreciated help with the printout quality of the daily crossword in The Republic, from Naples.
• people who paid attention in civics class and understand that America was founded with three separate and distinct branches of government, specifically designed to serve as a system of checks and balances.
• Republic carrier Tim Riggle for always putting our paper on the porch, next to the door, from retirees on Robbins Street.
• the Elizabethtown postal worker for answering all my questions and the help regarding large mailings on Tuesday.
• Lily Davis and her mother for their “Birthday Acts of Kindness” because it should be an inspiration to the rest of us to do the same, not only on birthdays but every day.
• the person in the black truck who paid for my Starbucks this morning because it made my day.
• Aaron Miller for his column on the negative stereotypes of millennials, from a hardworking millennial.
• Liberty Tax Services for giving people jobs to make extra money and for their honesty.
• Lily Davis for her inspirational 10th birthday story.
• PIO Doug Wilson of the Columbus Fire Department for his warm and gracious aid and assistance in the photo shoot commemorating our 60th wedding anniversary, from Stuart and Jan.
• Cassie at Genoa Pharmacy for being the best pharmacy tech and for going above and beyond her job to ensure I got my medication.
• the very nice driver in the burgundy Ford Explorer who let me out of Griffa Avenue on Wednesday morning, from the lady in the silver Impala.
• Denny Kubal for his thoughtful letter explaining his decision to join the Washington Women’s March.
• Columbus Regional Hospital surgeon Daniel Davis and both day and night nurses on the fifth floor for the excellent care they gave me after surgery Friday, from Thelma.
Onions to …
• anyone who takes advantage of a church’s meal for its own members.
• those who believe party lines are more important than our children’s education.
• drivers who speed well above the speed limit to cut in front of other vehicles to get in a line instead of dropping behind the vehicle and getting in line.
• the nonprofit organization that has to have pitch-ins every time you turn around and to people who never bring anything, but are always first in line to eat.
• the newspaper for printing news articles two to three days after they actually occurred, making it old news.
Happy Birthday to …
• Betty Holder, from Donna.
• Victor Sandefur, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.
• Joy Lux and Claire Dodd, from friends at the Moravian Church.
• Cambria Sims.
• Nicholas Parker White.
• Sydney Elizabeth White.
• Betty Holder, from the gang.
• Judy Freeman, from your neighbor and friends the Dayhoffs.
• Chase Dayhoff on No. 20, with love from Grandpa and Grandma.
Happy Belated Birthday to …
• Theodore Vance Tapke.