Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Althea Sanzenbacher, 91, of Leavittsburg, who was mauled in September by a neighbor’s dog. After months of surgeries and therapy, Sanzenbacher has recovered against all odds. Rather than holding bitterness or anger, she expresses nothing but gratitude for those who visited, sent cards, well wishes and prayers. As her pastor described her, “She is an impressive woman.” We couldn’t agree more!

• ONION: To everyone — audience, administrators and board members — involved in the shouting match at Wednesday’s Mathews Board of Education meeting, largely over labor contract negotiations. One parent who refused to calm down was escorted from the meeting. Some board members walked out, and the superintendent snapped back at parents. Absolutely nothing is ever achieved by these childish actions. Only calm, level-headed discussions — not shouting and snarky comments — solve disagreements.

• ORCHID: To Girard Municipal Court Judge Jeff Adler, Trumbull County Land Bank, Hubbard resident Tom Ryser Sr., and many other volunteers who have had a part in the Girard Municipal Court Community Service Garden, used as alternative sentences for some lower level criminal or traffic defendants in lieu of jail time. The land bank donated the land, and Ryser helped prepare it for gardening. The harvest is then donated to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. What a wonderful option for alternative sentencing!

• ORCHID: To the countless volunteers who prepared, dished out and delivered Thanksgiving meals last week at area churches, shelters and other facilities that serve those alone or in need. These gestures undoubtedly made the holiday much more enjoyable for many.


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