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• Onions to…
• the occupants of the house on the east side for having garbage on the front porch and overflowing out of the garage, making the value of surrounding homes decrease.
• drivers who cruise through the stop sign at County Road 525 and Goeller Boulevard, especially northbound.
• tenants of the rental house in the Caldwell Addition for leaving trash and tree limbs spilling into the alley.
• joggers who jog on the city golf course instead of using the People Trail, which goes right by the golf course.
• the county office for putting me on hold for 30 minutes then hanging up on me.
• any politician who has to hire a personality coach to help them.
• those who cannot understand that disagreeing with Obama’s policies has nothing to do with race.
• apartment residents that do not put their trash in the Toters, letting it blow into neighboring backyards.
• those who preach and write about freedom of speech but criticize others with different political viewpoints.
• the person who filed a false police report over the weekend.
• the small town athletics department for corruption.
• the organization for paying people to collect donations instead of asking or requiring those who receive their benefits to donate their time.
• those responsible for spending $3 million on school sports improvements and ignoring the $250,000 that could save the International School.
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