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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Warren officials for exploring the possibility of installing a permanent, aesthetically pleasing fence along Mahoning Avenue near the Warren Community Amphitheatre and down around the venue’s seating area to its rear to replace the ugly plastic snow fence put up for concerts. The grand venue deserves better than the unsightly fence, and it will save the amphitheater’s main concert promoter from paying upward of $300 per week to have it put up and taken down.

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Fair and fair board members for putting on another outstanding fair to showcase the agricultural attributes of Trumbull County. The more than 46,500 people who attended the 173rd edition were able to get a glimpse of farm life, learn about the county’s history and, of course, indulge in fair food, experience the rides and play carnival games.

• ORCHID: To members of United Auto Workers Local 1112 for not giving up the fight to convince General Motors to reopen the Lordstown GM assembly complex even though it appears the deck is stacked against them. The latest move in the effort was Tuesday when two busloads of 1112 members went to Detroit in a show of support for union negotiators as UAW / GM contract talks began.

• ONION: To Ohio lawmakers who inserted into the state’s two-year budget bill a change to Ohio’s 2020 primary election date. It’s now St. Patrick’s Day. The move was needed to stay in line with Republican National Committee rules that set March 15 as the deadline for states to award delegates on a winner-take-all basis. Ohio has provides ample opportunity for voters to cast a ballot early, but still, why put even the slightest barricade to voter access? Why not move the date a week back? And why not address the matter in separate legislation rather than the budget bill? Gov. Mike DeWine signed the budget Thursday.

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Board of Elections for getting a move on state-required security upgrades ahead of the 2020 elections, which include the presidential race. The board has $50,000 from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to implement the cybersecurity and other upgrades to protect the integrity of the county’s system in such an important election cycle. All 88 boards of elections in Ohio are required to make the improvements.

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