Orchids and onions – June 1 2019

• ORCHID: To all those involved in the coordination of posthumously awarding the Purple Heart Medal to Private First Class Joseph G. Chicko, 25, who lost his life July 4, 1944, in a battle in France. In giving his life for his country, this very deserved honor was past due.

• ORCHID: To attorney Gil Blair of Weathersfield, who is being appointed by statehouse Democrats to fill the 63rd District Ohio House seat vacated by Glenn Holmes. Blair has represented Weathersfield Township well, frequently demonstrating knowledge, foresight and logic in his decision making. We expect that will continue in Columbus.

• ONION: To the Warren man who shared naked selfies of himself through an online app, and to those now using the photos to extort him, according to a Warren police report. Come on! Haven’t we learned by now never to assume anything is private when shared electronically? Just don’t do it!

• ORCHID: To Trumbull Commissioners Mauro Cantalamessa and Frank Fuda for moving swiftly to remove Marlin Palich from the Trumbull County Transit Board following his disqualification as an elector by the Trumbull Board of Elections. It wasn’t long ago that we called for the transit board to be dismantled and members replaced. While that didn’t happen at the time, progress now is being made to bring new members and needed fresh ideas to the board.

• ORCHID: To Jeremy Slywczak, 14, a student at Badger Middle School, for representing the Tribune Chronicle admirably this week during the Scripps National Spelling Bee in a suburb of Washington, D.C. The eighth-grader, a two-time participant at the national bee, competed through this year’s third round.