Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Trumbull Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay for his proactive approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic. After a state alert of numerous drug overdoses in Trumbull County this week, McKay ordered drug tests on five defendants before their scheduled hearings on drug-related charges. Three women failed and were ordered back into custody with increased bonds.

• ORCHID: To the Air Force Association Steel Valley Chapter for hosting a ceremony this week to unveil a memorial for two Air Force reservists who died in a C-119 aircraft crash in 1953 near Newton Falls.

• ONION: To trustees and the fiscal officer in Mecca, who argued this week about what occurred at the Aug. 21 meeting and what should be reflected in the minutes. Trustees voted 3-0 against approving minutes, but the fiscal officer refused to edit them. Realizing that Mecca is not new to controversy, trustees would have been wise long ago to institute video recording of their meetings.

• ORCHID: To Brookfield Schools Superintendent Jo Taylor and Brookfield Elementary Principal Stacey Filicky, honored this week with the Patriot Award for their support of a school employee who serves in the Air Force Reserve. They are two of 1,200 across the nation selected to receive the award given to outstanding supervisors and bosses.

• ORCHID: To Brookfield Middle School intervention specialist Stephen Sambroak who has been deployed since November, serving his country in Afghanistan. He nominated the Brookfield Schools administrators Taylor and Filicky because of their support while he serves as Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the Air Force Reserve and as a teacher.