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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To elected leaders from Warren, Trumbull County and other communities seeking a more regionalized public transportation plan. Warren Mayor Doug Franklin this week asked the Ohio Department of Transportation undesignate his city as a recipient of state and federal transit funds in order to “regionalize public transit” of the urban areas for Trumbull and Mahoning counties. We think that’s a good step in expanding, yet making local transit more cost efficient for all.

• ORCHID: To organizers of the annual fall Junior Envirothon teaching middle schoolers from Bristol, Brookfield, Champion and LaBrae about environmental topics like water quality and native species. The program gets kids outside and gives them hands-on lessons.

• ONION: To all Liberty Township trustees for their ongoing refusal to compromise. Trustees Arnie Clebone and Greg Cizmar continue to conduct official township business at early morning meetings that are inconvenient for residents, other Trustee Jodi Stoyak and the media, even though they promised these meetings would be caucuses for discussion with little or no action. Meanwhile, Stoyak refuses to attend those meetings or cooperate on issues where compromises might be possible. The three must find a way to work together because these childish antics are serving no one.

• ORCHID: To the National Packard Museum, which continues to grow its wonderful collection of automobiles, and to Stanley Zimmerman, founder of the Automobile Driving Museum in California, who donated a pristine 1955 Packard Caribbean formerly owned by Howard Hughes to the local museum’s permanent collection. What a wonderful story the car has to tell. If you haven’t checked out the Warren museum recently, you’re missing out.

• ORCHID: To all participants of today’s annual Trumbull County Make A Difference Day, and especially to North Mar Church which, throughout the years, has sponsored dozens of projects and brought out hundreds of volunteers to help the needy in our area. Since Trumbull County Make A Difference Day’s inception 17 years ago, coordinated by the Tribune Chronicle, the event has helped countless needy residents. Kudos to everyone involved.

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