Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To educators at Champion Middle School, including eighth-grade language arts teacher Kathleen Bronson, for participating in the International Shared Reading Project that connects local students with students in Israel to learn and talk about the Holocaust.
• ORCHID: To the organizers and participants of a trauma care summit aimed at helping people who help others affected by trauma, including a death, drug use, living in an abuse home and other experiences, by showing them the best treatments and practices to help.
• ORCHID: To the U.S. Supreme Court for denying the request of convicted murderer Danny Lee Hill for a new trial. Hill, guilty of perhaps the most heinous crime in Trumbull County’s history — the rape and murder of Raymond Fife, 12, who was left for dead — has sat on death row for nearly 30 years while the case languished in appeals. It’s time for the case to be final.
• ONION: To Howland school board members Julie Altawil, Ken Jones and Denise Delina for voting to let high school crisis intervention specialist Curt Kuntz take a two-year leave of absence for a non-educational purpose. Not begrudging Kuntz’s opportunity to coach in the NFL because it’s an awesome opportunity, but the board sets a dangerous precedent by allowing employees to leave to try new jobs while guaranteeing their job with the district.
• ORCHID: To residents in Warren’s 3rd Ward, which encompasses the city’s northeast side, for assembling a neighborhood association. It allows residents to collectively address issues and make the neighborhood a better place to live.