Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To TJX HomeGoods for its $500,000 donation to Lordstown Local Schools to help fund building safety improvements and construct a track athletic building to house a concession stand, restrooms and equipment storage. TJX continues to prove it wants nothing more than to be a good neighbor to the Lordstown community.
• ORCHID: To the Trumbull Transit Board for waiting to decide whether to hire an outside consultant to assist in FTA compliance issues. We see no reason to pay nearly $20,000 to a consultant to review what went wrong in the past, and it’s unclear whether any consultant is needed to assist on future FTA reviews. The transit board’s decision to wait for more specifics from FTA before considering the allocation is logical. Transit Administrator Mike Salamone was right to recommend waiting.
• ONION: To Niles City Council members Barry Profato, PJ Kearney, Linda Marchese and Al Cantola, who voted to suspend the rules on a late addition to the agenda this week, and then passed as an emergency a controversial issue involving a contract over economic development — an incredibly important and hotly debated topic. Council’s abrupt decision eliminated any opportunity for healthy debate on the topic by the public or economic development experts.
• ORCHID: To Niles City Schools for awarding a high school diploma posthumously to the Bryan Ayala, 17, whose body was recovered in recent weeks in the Mahoning River. The boy was on track to graduate this year, having attended Niles McKinley for part of his senior year after coming from Tennessee. Losing a child is heartbreaking. Hopefully, the honorary diploma can offer some solace to the family.
• ORCHID: To the many area high school athletes who competed last weekend in the OHSAA track and field championships in Columbus. Competing at this level is a testament to these young athletes’ years of hard work and dedication. Congratulations, especially, to Vinny Mauri of Howland, who took first place the 3,200 meter run.