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Orchids & Onions (July 2, 2014)

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Orchids to…

• Grandma and Grandpa Fields, and Debbie and Bill Malone for taking me to the race at Kentucky Speedway, from Mikael Brooks.

• George, Karen and Karen Dutro for letting us use their chairs at Live on the Plaza, from the Crashers.

• the person that set my urns upright after someone turned them over, from the person on Smith Street.

• Harold from Lowe’s for going above and beyond for customer service, from the Kelleys.

• Sue for cutting down a tree and trimming the bushes, from Pam Burton.

• NTN Driveshaft for providing the residents of Columbus with the awesome Black Violin concert promoting music and creativity, from Columbus residents.

• Karen and Jim who came to my rescue at Centra when my tire went flat and to Karen for going home to get a pump to put air in my spare tire, from Rachel Mitchell.

• Jim Dunn and the staff of The Brick for the delicious hamburger and chili meal served at the Orphan Grain Train kick-off meeting in Jonesville last week.

• Carmen, Leah, Dillon and Rent-a-Center staff for always treating me like family not just a customer, from Bobbi Rodriguez.

• Ten-year-old Red Alert 04 girls fast-pitch softball team for placing first in the Columbus state tournament, from a proud grandma.

• Andy at Simply Pottery for returning my lost check, from Linda.

•  the pharmacy tech at the Walgreen’s drive-thru on Beam Road for being patient with me.

• Lannie Knapp for fixing our air conditioner Sunday, from Mike and Pam Clement.

• everyone who helped us search for our dog in the Breckenridge Drive area, from Jeff and Sue Ann Stone.

• Marty H. for her tasty ham salad, from Brian.

• Onions to…

• organizers scheduling a fundraising bicycle ride throughout town at 9 p.m. when sunset is 9:15 p.m.

• people in north Columbus who are constantly letting off fireworks day and night, from someone who is extremely sick and in bed.

• American citizens who don’t stand up for what our country was founded on and want to do their own thing.

• the gas stations on the west side of town for excessively high gas prices.

• Arts Council for cramming the “Flamenco” sculpture on a street corner next to a stoplight pole and other metal poles, and not giving it room.

• people who like ham with their eggs, but hate hogs.

• tow-truck drivers who leave debris in the street after picking up wrecked vehicles.

• the city for not providing Columbus with a YMCA.

• anyone who thinks raising hogs is the only way to feed the population when it is all about profit.

• people who don’t tip delivery drivers, taxis drivers, waiters and waitresses and bartenders.

• supporters of same-sex marriages.

• newspaper that always gives priority to North sports over East by writing bigger stories about North.

• supervisors who will not allow an employee to take a day off.

• City Council for not having the abandoned gas station on Third Street on the list to be demolished.

• closed-minded community members who are against gay marriage.

• Group responsible for the ugly tree on the front lawn of City Hall.

• State Bureau of Motor Vehicles for closing the Hope License Branch.

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