Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Lordstown School District for using the summer months to upgrade security at district buildings. Safety vestibules — rooms that connect entry doors with the office — were installed in school buildings to prevent visitors from going anywhere else inside without permission.

• ONION: To Mineral Ridge Board of Education for approving a retire-rehire agreement for high school Principal Randy Cameron. The board approved a new five-year deal paying him $66,000. Cameron retired from the same position in the spring, when he was making about $76,000 per year. Sure, the district is saving about $10,000 per year, but retire-rehire just means public employees collect a taxpayer-funded salary while they enjoy a taxpayer-funded retirement. Can’t we give someone new a chance?

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls council that voted 3-2 this week against an ordinance that would have placed numerous new restrictions on drone use in public places like parks, schools and “any other public entity” in the village. Public space is just that — public. We’re glad council reconsidered the restrictions.

• ONION: To those illegally adding the powerful opioid drug fentanyl to cocaine, leading to a recent jump in Trumbull County overdoses. As if illegal drug dealers aren’t already bad enough, now they are secretly combining opioids to their concoctions? That should be motivation for addicted drug users to dial 2-1-1 and seek help.

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