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Orchids & Onions (June 5, 2014)

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Orchids to…

• Richard Gold for his excellent letter on state of the city, from Kenneth Van Liew.

• the gentleman on the black Harley who tried to save the baby ducks on Taylor Road.

• Fallen Saturday for a great performance at the Relay for Life on Saturday, from a big fan.

• those who are willing to speak up in support of public gun safety.

• Barb and Gordon Schnadinger for bringing me the two lovely flower baskets, from Jenny.

• Doris, Sam and Ms. Tonya for all you do and helping teach Landon, from Landon’s parents.

• David and Peggy Loyd for your help fixing my mower and for all you do for us and Dewey, from Jesse and Cheri Caudill.

• the staff at Richards Elevator and Maggie for offering me and my 3-month-old daughter shelter when my car broke down during the downpour early Wednesday morning, and for taking the time out of your busy day to get my car back in working order, from Sonia.

• the Schmitt crossing guards for keeping our kids safe all school year.

• Laura at Petco pet grooming for extra special service for Daisy, from Daisy and her mother.

• Leslie Burton for making the dean’s list again, from mom, Dad, Mamaw and Papaw.

• Chuck Wilt for being the voice of Columbus residents, from Luretta Clark.

• Atterbury Reunion picnic organizers, especially the Nevilles, the Browns and the military for another great gathering of former residents.

• Mayor Brown for all the good she does.

• the Columbus Post Office for providing off-street parking for customers of the post office.

• Culinary Arts students, Whitney, Kenny, Donna, and Brian and their instructor, Carrie Douglas, for a wonderful service on Saturday and Sunday, from the Lasting Impressions.

• Joey Leo and Eastside Community Center for their inspiring community garden project, from Eric Riddle.

• Hillary McCloskey for being initiated into The National Political Science Honor Society, from your family.

• Onions…

• the driver of the maroon minivan who went straight from a clearly marked left-turn-only lane at Second and Washington streets almost causing an accident.

• the employee at the post office for always being incredibly rude to customers.

• all the rude and snobby people in this town.

• the radio station that is obsessed with The Band Perry.

• the article about raising taxes that only gives examples for property with exemptions and not for rental property, which would have the increase passed on to the lowest income residents of Columbus.

• women who support poor leadership in other women just because they are women.

• the rude man in the parking lot of a local store that would not move out of the handicapped parking spot so a truly handicapped person could park there.

• those who accuse others of sending orchids to themselves.

• the city for not fixing the ongoing water problem on Marr Road behind Columbus Center.

• homeowners who have not mowed their yard in weeks.

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