Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To all our U.S. veterans who have served our nation honorably, and who are being recognized for that service on Veterans Day today.

• ORCHID: Also to all the groups, organizations and individuals that will honor our veterans by participating in the Trumbull County Veterans Day Parade at 12:15 p.m. today in downtown Warren, and all the other Veterans Day events. Let’s hope the blustery weather doesn’t discourage attendance and recognition for our veterans who served without wavering in all kinds of weather.

• ONION: To owners of the former RG Steel mill and demolition crews that moved secretively to raze the last remaining blast furnace in Trumbull and Mahoning counties recently. They denied many local workers who helped shape this Valley an opportunity to witness the final goodbye.

• ONION: To Niles School District officials who already are promising to return to the voters again seeking increased taxes. Only 1,277 voters said yes on Tuesday’s 9.25-mill levy — less than a third of the turnout on the issue. That should be enough for school officials to realize they need a plan B.

• ORCHID: To Ohioans who turned in potentially dangerous unused and unwanted drugs weighing nearly 18 tons during a recent Drug Take Back collection sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration last month, according to the U.S. District Court for Ohio’s Northern District. Those are drugs that will be disposed of properly and will never fall into the wrong hands.