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2003 Whine and Roses Festival
The roses - tributes to what's right

Police deserve roses for service
I'd like to hand roses to every police officer in Cincinnati. Thank you for your service. In spite of what a handful of people say, you are all heroes for what you do. And also for being smart enough not to believe Mayor Charlie Luken and most of the council.
- Tim Carver, Clifton

Mom, the letter writer, inspires many
There are people in this world who are givers - generous with their time, their kind words and who are looking on the bright side in these troubled times.

My mom, Rita Rhein, is known as the "sunshine person" because of all her words of wisdom and love she has shared by hand-writing thousands of letters over the years to her friends and family members.

She is the best letter-writer in the world. Her treasured words always make you feel special and loved. She says that she never knows what she will write, but with God's help it just flows from her pen. Thanks, Mom. You inspire us all.
- Peg Rhein, Westwood

Indeed, every penny counts
Thanks to the wonderful support from students, staff and community members, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Pennies for Patients" campaign has become a tradition at Princeton High School.

Over the past four years, leaders have stepped forward to persuade everyone to take part, because it is true, "every penny counts."
- Amy Goohs-Hardman, Princeton High School "Pennies for Patients" Coordinator, Sharonville

Golf Manor folks have good care
In the lengthening shadows of life's decline, Golf Manor's elderly residents are fortunate to have the services of their police and life squad. Officer Eddie Taylor looks in on me each day. Every possible need and problem that occurs in a household is readily addressed, particularly in this recent cold spell.
- Louis Ginberg, Cincinnati

Let's give a hand to school crossing guards
My rose goes to recognize school crossing guards. Let's applaud the men and women who provide safety, security and friendship to our schoolchildren on a daily basis.

School crossing guards' working conditions include rain, snow, heat, darkness and busy intersections; it's a job that involves a few hours in the morning and afternoon. I don't think they're making a fortune doing this.

I think it's an "I love my community and children'' thing.

Let's give them all roses for doing the job, consistently, faithfully and in a loving manner for all of our children. Smile and wave, send them cards, be thankful for them; they are the precious few.
- Carter Cordes, Wyoming

OTR residents, business have hope
I would like to send roses to the residents and businesses in Over-the-Rhine who share a vision of renewal and hope for their tattered neighborhoods. On my way to a meeting at the Over-the-Rhine Foundation, I parked in a lot littered with empty beer bottles and cans. Saddened by the show of disrespect, I picked up the bottles and cans and threw them in a nearby trash barrel. When I returned to my car, someone had placed a yellow rose in full bloom next to my car door. These are the people we work for, and I want them to know we care.
- Gail Moe, Treasurer, Over-the-Rhine Foundation

Memory of daughter remains special
I would like to send a bouquet of roses to the employees of Provident Bank and the many friends who responded to a request to "share a special memory" of our daughter as a Christmas gift.

Our daughter had been an employee at Provident for five years and was killed in a car accident last February. This being our first holiday without her these "memories" will be a gift never forgotten. Thanks to all who took the time to share a "special memory."
- Pat Holtkamp, Madison Place

Military allows us speak our whine
To all the reservists in our area that have recently been called to duty, and to all of their families, they deserve much more than roses. Please keep them all in your prayers and please no more whines. These service men and women and their families have much more to worry about than rude drivers, bad customer service and snow.

Let them know you support them, for they are protecting our country and all that America stands for, especially our right to speak our mind, whether it be whines or roses.
- Margaret Simpson, Eastgate

Kind stranger nice to return cell phone
Almost a year ago, two days before my daughter was born, I could not find my cell phone. It did turn up - at the Reed Hartman Highway entrance ramp to I-275.

A very kind man named Charlie found it, called me at home after seeing the number come up on my cell phone screen and offered to bring it to me.

I asked him for his name because I wanted to thank him. I wrote it down and promptly lost the piece of paper forever. So here's my big chance. I want to give a rose to Charlie.
- Michelle Mullinger, Mason

St. Bonaventure served public well
For more than 130 years, St. Bonaventure Church on Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount has served the community. Times have changed, and in June, this church will hold its final Mass and close. But the contributions of the church and parish community will be remembered in the minds of thousands who passed through, and these good lessons of life will be transferred to many future generations. To St. Bonnies and to all who helped during those years, congratulations. You served us well.
- Jack Espelage, Union, Ky.

Keep shopping carts in designated corrals
My whine is with able-bodied people who are lazy and inconsiderate. I will focus on people who leave shopping carts all over the parking lot instead of taking them to the cart corral. These carts block parking places and may damage cars. Because of this, the store has to hire more employees to collect the carts. Do these people realize that their laziness increases the overhead cost for the stores, which will be passed on to all of us?
- Dottie Buerger, Cherry Grove

Samaritan helped family get rolling
I want to send a huge bouquet of roses to the good Samaritan who stopped to help my son and me last Friday night. Numerous cars were disabled with flat tires after hitting a large hole on Galbraith Road in North College Hill. A gentleman who lived in the area helped me change the tire on my car, even bringing out his own tools to make the job easier. I am truly grateful to this man for getting us back on the road quickly on a very cold night.
- Jane Whalen, Finneytown

Cold-weather helpers deserve many kudos
Not just roses but entire floral shops should be sent to people who go out of their way to help others adversely affected by this extremely cold weather, especially us senior citizens and those who are housebound.

Each day one of them is kind enough to put the Enquirer on my front doorstep. In addition, my garbage can is always retrieved from the street for me.
- Jean R. Gajus, Maineville

UC women have created new fan
The UC women's basketball team deserves a bouquet of roses.

My husband and I have two daughters, ages 10 and 2. When my oldest, Emily, was in first grade, her father bought season's tickets for the two of them for the girls team.

Being not much of a sports fan myself, I got upset, even after listening to his logic: She would get to see quality games in which the focus was not on a player, but on the team. This year, we have been taking 2-year-old Lillian, and not only is she having a wonderful time, but the players remember her and go out of their way to ask us about her. I have come full circle, from bringing novels with me to occupy my time while they watched, to being the one to bring both of the girls if their dad can't take them. If these girls can make a sports fan out of me, they have to be miracle workers.
- Katie Moning Ballinger, Cheviot

Kindness, efficiency mark volunteer squad
I would like to send a whole bouquet of roses to the volunteer life squad that serves Perry Township in Brown County. They are not only well trained and extremely efficient, but are very kind and considerate. They are volunteers and receive no salary.
- Barbara McKeever, Fayetteville

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