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Orchids & Onions (June 13, 2014)

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Orchids to…

• Jacob Taylor on winning a gold and silver medal at the Special Olympics State Track and Field competition, from Candy and Alan Hilderbrand.

• Lt. Matt Myers for his help in transporting children to St. Peter’s Lutheran vacation Bible school.

• Cody Rothrock for being a wonderful son, from Dad.

• Charlena at Mutt Tubs for my cute summer cut, from Zipper.

• 8-year-old Charles and his mother for paying for our supper Wednesday and Charles for the lovely note, from Betty and Jim Welch.

• Kroger service station for being willing to pump gas for those who are handicapped.

• Betty Johnson for her letter speaking out for all of us wanting to hold on to our independence, from Margaret Rominger.

• Roxie Garber and the Rev. Wendy Manley for helping with my birthday party, from Rebecca Fenske.

• Dr. Newton at Hope Veterinary Clinic for being so kind and caring with Shadow, from Stacy and Addison.

Onions to…

• drivers who pull out of on-street parking spaces without checking to see if there are cars on the street alongside them.

• City Council for not having leadership skills.

• the business owner who does not take care of his members or most loyal employees.

• the front counter man at a tire shop who is rude to customers.

• the city for not adding the abandoned offices behind Burger King in Everroad Park to the blight control list.

• people who nitpick everything their neighbors do and never take time for self-examination.

• people who expect society to make life less difficult for them instead of adapting and solving problems on their own.

• drivers who never use their turn signals.

• the apartment building that has a tenant that gives it a bad name.

• gas stations on the west side of town that are 30 cents higher than elsewhere.

• The Republic for writing about other mayors.

• the driver of the yard company truck that sped up to run a light that was already red at the intersection of U.S. 31 and 25th Street.

• the driver of the white car for speeding every evening in a local subdivision close to the school.

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