Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To longtime Kinsman police Chief Leroy Long who declined a pay increase during discussions with trustees. He earns $1,300 per month. It’s refreshing to see a chief who understands the true meaning of the term “public servant.”

• ORCHID: To Shepherd’s Foundation of Shepherd of the Valley, which donated dozens of protective gear including full-body suits, gloves, masks and face shields to Niles police for protection from exposure to synthetic opioids. Sadly, this is a very real danger for area first responders these days.

• ORCHID: To the U.S. Postal Service for restoring and repairing the exterior stone work at the downtown Warren Post Office building — a beautiful structure that first opened in 1936. The work is being done in accordance with the National Park Service, Department of the Interior and the State Historic Preservation Office.

• ONION: However, to the postal service’s communications department that refused this week to tell a reporter how much the project is costing, even though the bill is being footed by the U.S. Postal Service, a federally mandated agency.

• ORCHID: To Liberty and Girard boards of education for agreeing to meet to discuss concerns and improving their working relationship. Collaboration is always important, and when it comes to educating our kids, communication is key.