Around Town – February 17

Orchids to …

• Annette Howell for sharing her thoughts in a recent letter to the editor, from one of many who agree with her.

• Arnold Bates on his retirement from Columbus Transit, from a fellow bus rider.

• Curtis and Kylee from the library’s Digital Underground for helping me with Adobe Photoshop, from Chris at Just Friends Adult Day Services.

• Roy for the thoughtful Valentine’s Day flowers, from the staff at Just Friends Adult Day Services.

• Bartholomew County Indivisible for keeping us updated on House Bill 1014.

• Kathleen Smith for her excellent, thought-provoking letter to the editor concerning war victims.

• Kenneth and Judy Lee for the good food for supper.

• Kristy Carothers and Dolores and Tom Nielsen for all your help with the Turning Point mailing.

• Shorty Whittington for the awesome meal at Scooter’s on Thursday.

• the Kroger employee who was helping me find a dairy-free margarine, and when we thought there wasn’t one for looking further and bringing it to me in the checkout line, from Kim.

• concerned citizens who are not only alarmed by covert communications with Russian operatives, but who are also willing to speak out.

Onions to …

• to our representatives who are not listening to the people on House Bill 1014.

• those who don’t realize that opposition to medical marijuana is because federal law prohibits marijuana in all cases.

• those who charge kids almost $300 for a T-shirt and a hoodie to play a sport.

• employers who have hired illegal immigrants and are now getting what they deserve as their employees walk out from work to protest.

• the paper for editing Orchids and Onions.

• The Republic for publishing Onions in the paper which causes problems between people.

• people who have three or four dogs on each side of their neighbors and cause them to bark.

• the newspaper for recognizing Columbus but not the rest of the state after the girls basketball regional over the weekend.

• the local funeral home that is rude to people when they call for service information.

• the selfish single person who wants Valentine’s Day banned because it is hurtful and offensive even though that person — and others — could enjoy the holiday by giving valentines to lonely or ill persons.

• those who speak excessively about a pregnancy at inappropriate times.

• those who haven’t accepted the outcome of the presidential election when we accepted the outcome of the previous one for eight years.

Happy Birthday to …

• Bill Smith, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Bridgette Wheeler, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Monica Steinke, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Louise Long, from the Noblitts and the Mitchells.

• David Golden, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Dave Spangler, from Elsie.

• Katie Lovins.

• Jill Sigman.

• Amanda Lee West.

• Eddie Loweth, from your family.

• Joe Petro, from Mom and Aunt Doll.

• RueAnn Cave, from your friends, Beat, Pat and Lucy.

Happy Anniversary to …

• Greg and Sherry Wheeler, from Pastor Lewis Burton and The Who So Ever Will Community Church.