Around Town – March 17

Orchids to …

• David, for your patience doing my taxes Thursday at Mill Race Center, from Paula Jarrett.

• the owner of the well-constructed fence at the corner of Taylor Road and South Drive — well done!

• to the city council for understanding that recreational activities attract people to a city short on labor that dies if it does not grow.

• Super Dave of Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. for finding our leak, from the Foleys.

• all the people at Bob Evans that helped when my brother became ill, and a big thank-you to the woman who paid our check.

• Terry Brock for his spot-on letter on school shootings.

• high school students for demonstrating the common sense and backbone so many adults obviously lack.

• the FedEx driver who helped two women load the huge rock Thursday.

• Tom Lane for the powerful letter.

• the two women at Target who helped me with my low tire Wednesday.

• Edie Smith, from Sharon Larson.

• all the students across the nation who let their voices be heard in a variety of ways as they try to make their schools safe.

• Lori Rowan, for helping me when I totaled my car, from Peggy Dunlevy.

Onions to …

• everyone who believes in life experience as a great educator but opposes students exercising their First Amendment right to protect their right to life.

• to the City of Columbus for its restrictive, unfair downtown parking ordinance.

• the current administration for trying to tax our way to prosperity.

• those wanting to offer criminals yoga classes and not offering day spas and pedicures as well.

• those who don’t see that a résumé that has embellishment, spotty work history and murky business dealings are excellent qualifications for congressional office.

• people who think a 17-minute walkout is destroying children’s education.

• those decrying public figures with police protection when the police are the only ones who should be carrying weapons.

• to state legislators who spent time to make the firefly the official state insect but didn’t even vote on a hate-crime law.

• the Indiana legislature for their top achievement, making it easier to get drunk on Sunday.

• anyone who manufactures plastic.

• state government for representing people who are living here illegally.

Happy Birthday to …

• Mike Irwin, from your family and Donna.

• Karen Streeval, from your family and Donna.

• Patty Newmister, from friends and family.

• Gammie, with love from Wyatt and Marika.

• Allen Heck, from the Heck family, the Gates family and the Morrow family.

• Steve Epperson, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Shawn Hendershot, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Scott Poffenberger, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Janie Norberg.

• Kara Marie Bratton.

• Wayne Downey.

• Pal Ballard, from Juanita Bray.

• Isaac Shafer, from Mark, Kim, and Grandma Jean and Grandma Joan.

Belated Happy Birthday to …

• Jean Patrick, March 15, from Alice Purtlebaugh.