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    Orchids to…

    • the officials who approved a CAFO for Bill Gelfius on Monday night.
    • Heeth Jewell for your support last Tuesday, from Connie.
    • Dr. Michael Sheehan and the staff of dermatologist physicians for the excellent care and follow-up, from Kashmira Mehta.
    • Meg Biddle for getting the pastoral job and spreading the Word, from those who think you rock.
    • Robbie at Rhoades Aviation for the tour of the hangar and airplanes, from Ayla and Oren Steele.
    • Marcus and Jennifer Speer and Madeline for finding my letters, from John Tinkey.
    • Columbus for allowing same-sex marriage and to Cummins and the Lilly Foundation for their support.
    • Kevin Mate and all the guys at Frank Anderson Tire for providing service and treating customers with courtesy and kindness, from Jamie Galle.
    • citizens who are alarmed about the gun incident at Walmart.
    • Jerry and Jared Schoen for mowing our lawn while Grandpa recovered from hip surgery, from Grandma Jean.
    • Katie Wilson at Old National Bank for never giving up, from loyal customer, Ray.

    Onions to…

    • not seeing the 18-inch grass-covered sunken base of the “Modern Totem” will be a safety hazard waiting for someone to fall into.
    • people who think because they are people of faith, they can judge those they feel are less than them in the eyes of God.
    • giving me a rusted upside-down tree to look at every morning from my apartment window.
    • pastors who don’t practice what they preach.
    • The Republic for not publishing a nice color photo of the fair queen and her court on the front page.
    • drivers who don’t understand that when the traffic light turns red it really means you must stop.
    • The Republic for printing only what they want to print and not the truth.
    • whoever is responsible for changing the timing at the stoplight at 25th and Taylor.
    • people who don’t realize you can’t have a night ride during the day.
    • those who think the sculptures around town are art.
    • the city for allowing restaurants to have tables and chairs on the sidewalks downtown leaving no room to walk.
    • the gas station on west side for excessive price gouging of interstate traffic.
    • the newspaper for allowing so much publicity on same-sex marriage.
    • fair organizers for starting the fair on the 4th of July weekend, taking away the celebration of the holiday.
    • city workers for the sloppy job of removing dead trees on Caldwell Place.
    • the county commissioners and building and zoning for not completely removing a meth house that has burned twice and is still standing after seven years in Jewell Village.
    • local gas stations for jacking up gas prices just in time for the long holiday weekend.

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