Around Town – March 8

Orchids to …

• Sixth Amendment Center for starting the ball rolling toward correcting problems in Indiana’s deeply-flawed public defender system.

• CIA director Gina Haspel and director of National Intelligence Dan Coats for their assertion that the North Korean dictator will never give up his nuclear weapons.

• Clark Hacker for kindly saving the day, and the plumbing on Tuesday evening.

• the friendly ladies at Burger King on State Road 46 for always serving us with a smile and a kind greeting, from your appreciative customers.

• W.D. Richards’ kindergarten staff and enrolling parents for their patience with the change of venue to the main office for enrollment Monday evening during the school board meeting, from Mrs. Greene.

• Jason Hatton for his well-documented letter to the editor on the flourishing of our local public library and its many positive programs for the well-being of our community.

• Dr. Bergman and staff for excellent, quick care of my cracked tooth, and genuine kindness, from Teresa Woods.

• Dr. Kathryn Watts for kindly seeing me on Saturday and making the right decision to refer to oral surgeon, from Teresa Woods.

• the city of Columbus for listening to the community and working toward developing a downtown grocery.

• Brigid Jarnagin for being an awesome CPR instructor Wednesday evening, from Donna and Stacy from Columbus East High school.

Onions to …

• the U.S. government for the trade deficit in goods with China, setting a new record during President Donald Trump’s second year in office.

• the letter writer who gave a starkly black-or-white argument against legislation that acknowledges motivation — not merely the act — can and should be considered in criminal law.

• the school district for trying to make the public believe that seeing a student every other day in a block schedule will actually work to build relationships.

• a local bank that apparently doesn’t know what “on site” shredding of documents means.

• the school district for creating low teacher morale with initiatives like instituting full inclusion and going to block scheduling.

• the high school for holding its spring choir concert, for which it is assumed students must attend, on Ash Wednesday.

• the food pantry for spending money on security cameras inside the pantry, because the technology was not needed.

• those who do not know that the president was once a Democrat.

• Republicans who are promoting socialism by devoting tax dollars to private schools.

• the House of Representatives for not having enough votes to pass a resolution against antisemitism, because this vote will be a test of the Democrats’ party identity.

Happy Birthday to …

• Brad Covert from your family, co-workers and Donna.

• Deena Bratcher from your family , co-workers and Donna.

• Shirley Phares from your family, Rita and Donna.

• Bob Bullock from your family and Donna.

• Korry Clark, from Lorna, Kendrick, and Mom and Dad and all the rest of the family

• Chris Lazzell, love, Bill.

• Logan Kole Hoene, from Grandma Tricia.

ANOTHER beautiful morning