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Orchids & Onions (November 8, 2012)

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 Orchids to

•    Home Health Care RN Deena for the wonderful care during my recovery, from your Caldwell Place patient.

•    Isabelle Sciutto for setting up and helping all night with the bake sale, from Diana Wang.

•    Rebekah Klaus and Kiley Scrogham for a great sign practice and Youth Night, from Pastor Kelley and Apostolic Bible Church youth.

•    East Marching Band members for helping me with my marching skills and helping me learn more every day, from Makayla.

•    my husband, Troy Whitis, and my closest friends, Karen West, Adrian Pitcher and Faye Whitis, for being by my side before, during and after surgery, from Laurie Whitis.

•    Anamiah Lawles-Miller for making Silver Honor Roll and receiving a math award, from Nikia Lawles.

•    Bush's Market, Clay Township Fire Department, Reed & Jewell Funeral Service, The Republic, the Star Journal and local radio stations for publicizing the Petersville United Methodist Church's Turkey Supper, from Patsy Harris and a grateful congregation.

•    Connie Hatcher for bringing coffee to the poll workers at Precinct 2100, McDowell Education Center, from Sharon Krieg.

•    Early Head Start staff for always taking great care of children in their care, from a thankful mother.

•    the W. D. Richards PTO and all who volunteered their time and effort to make the Richards Fall Festival a tremendous success, from the Richards staff.

•    The Republic for the touching Ernie Pyle column.

•    Paul Minnis of The Republic for being so kind to us during the interview and for the wonderful tribute of our daughter, Katie McBurnett's life, from Mike and Judy McBurnett.

•    Aaron Hankins for backing up individual property owners' rights, from Tammy.

•    The Republic for the editorial on the Mobley Curves.

•    Dave Ward for cleaning my carpet, from the Couch family.

•    Clarence Cox for bringing in my mail and cupcakes, Joe and Kayla Hemelgarn for raking leaves, Rose Pfiester for bringing in my Toter and flowers, and Jenny Uphouse and Mom for picking up Brayton after school, from Margie Fox.

•    Patsy at Miller's Merry Manor for your kindness, from Sharon Taylor.

•    Columbus Regional Health for helping me get better, from Ruthie Malone.

•    The Republic for its edition of Prime Time, from an interested reader.

•    Richard Gaynor for being wise and helpful, from Kim Kappel.

•    Onions to

•    those who took Mourdock's comments totally out of context.

•    those who complain about a band making state finals getting news coverage over a band in a regular competition.

•    those responsible for overloading voting precincts.

•    the person in the dark blue SUV who ran the red light at Third and Brown streets early Wednesday morning, almost hitting two other vehicles.

•    the state of Indiana for not going to Central Standard Time year-round rather than Eastern Standard Time, forcing our kids to go to school in the dark.

•    voters for not voting for expanding prekindergarten, but who will whine when our kids' schools do poorly.

•    Columbus for not having help for the homeless or addicted.

•    the polling center at Lincoln Center for having such a poor setup.

•    the Columbus Police Department for misusing its vehicles.

•    BMV for not being able to handle your license on Election Day.

•    the schoolchildren who think Caldwell Place is the city dump.

•    the lady who was weaving in and out of traffic because she was putting on mascara.

•    The Republic for giving the No. 1 team in the state little or no attention and giving the 5-5 team a bunch.

•    the ministers who come into churches and change everything, causing morale to drop.

•    the preacher who told me I should have voted.

•    the city policeman who ran the traffic signal at 25th and Washington streets.

•    the creepy man who insisted on carrying a gun to the polls, thereby making everyone around him uneasy.

•    Columbus gas stations for raising their prices by 30 cents.

•    a coach who only makes good comments about three of the local basketball team's players.

•    the Election Board for not seeing the need for more voting machines, causing people to stand in line for 21/2 hours in District 3000.

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