Around Town – June 20

Orchids to …

• the kind lady who gave us two tickets to Sonya’s Dance Zone show Friday, from a Seymour grandma.

• Chad at Otter Creek for a great first lesson for my daughter-in-law, from friend of Otter Creek Golf Course.

• stay-at-home moms and dads.

• the mandatory workforce event for the much-needed rest and relaxation away from work.

• the great article on Grant Hale and his family.

• everyone who voted for me for princess at the Hartsville Fireman’s Fish Fry, from Ella.

• Columbus Free Methodist Church for the goody bag for Father’s Day.

• Teresa, manager at Walgreens on Beam Road, for her help with a big problem.

Onions to …

• friends who talk and talk about their own children and never think to ask about yours.

• the driver who disregarded the “do not turn on red light” sign when going from Washington onto Fourth Street on Thursday afternoon.

• people who think their health care costs should be my children’s tax burden.

• those who worry about sidewalks to nowhere instead of water quality.

• those who think if you buy beer or wine to-go Sunday, such as from a brewery or winery, that you’re worshiping it rather than just consuming it.

• the driver who drove the wrong way on Third Street, the driver who ran the stop sign at Seventh Street and the driver who did a U-turn in the middle of a four-way stop at 11th Street.

• people who don’t understand that the law as it is written is no guarantee of justice.

• those responsible for not notifying the people of Columbus about the presence of E. coli in our water when it was first found and instead letting us drink it for 48 hours.

• the housing manager who knew but did not inform residents of the E. coli situation on Friday.

• the city for allowing our drinking water to be contaminated with E. coli.

• city officials who should be held accountable for their ineptitude.

• anyone thinking a contaminated water supply is a “low level of concern, but a huge inconvenience.”

• those not doing their job to keep our city safe, especially when we pay taxes for that reason.

• the city that promotes its architecture but whose water supply gets contaminated with E. coli.

• the city for the 260 teams that didn’t have any public drinking water this weekend while playing softball.

• those responsible for the poor handling regarding the boil water advisory and for late notification on the emergency alert system.

• the entire city administration as none of them are qualified to run a city.

• those getting praised for staying home with their kids because they can afford it when most people long to be with their children but cannot afford it.

• the city for a lack of leadership and decision-making skills that became apparent during our water crisis.

• whoever thinks social media is a great way to notify the public in a crisis situation.

• local officials for showing tax dollars at work as most of the plants that were planted during the Indiana Avenue beautification project have been ripped up and thrown into dump trucks.

• this overly sensitive community that has to have a coalition about everything.

• city officials for not enough responsible decisions regarding the E. coli incident and public safety.

• those that recommended a tax increase when they will not be the one paying the tax.

• people in Columbus who do not open doors for people in wheelchairs.

Happy Birthday to …

• Christi Irvin, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Aubree Walker, from your family and Donna.

• Bernie Smith, from your family, JoAnn and Donna.

• Ralph Black, from the Who So Ever Will Community Church.

• Eunice Low, from Joseph Hart Chapter DAR.

• Daegan Hull.

• Zach Fugate.

• Pokie Crawhorn and Linda Dial, from Pastor Marvin Brown and Trinity Baptist Church.

• Ora Manning, from Roger and Nancy.

Happy Anniversary to …

• John and Lori Shaw, from friends at the Moravian Church.