Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To all the communities, including Warren, that offer Christmas tree recycling this time of year. It’s a valuable service to both the residents and to the environment.

• ONION: To Trumbull County Senior Levy Advisory Council member Niki Frenchko, who chairs the transportation subcommittee, for suggesting the Trumbull County Transit Board should try to pass its own transportation levy. While funding disputes exist between the two groups, no one wants to see taxes increase. Wouldn’t it be better to work together to provide transportation and services for those who need it?

• ORCHID: However, to Trumbull County Senior Levy advisory committee member Mary Williams, who seems to understand the value of cooperation between the two entities. “I don’t want the community as a whole to lose out on a service just because we pull matching funds,” she said last week. “We need more communication and time.”

• ONION: To the man who stabbed a Niles man who stopped to lend a hand on New Year’s Day when he noticed a Jeep in a ditch in Weathersfield. This is why members of society are reluctant to be good Samaritans.

• ORCHID: To “Orangeville’s star,” Amelia Fisher, 17, a cheerleader for Joseph Badger Schools, who was among 500 cheerleaders from the U.S. and other countries to march and cheer in the two-mile New Year’s Day parade in London, England.