Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Hubbard Township for announcing recently that glass will again be accepted at the township’s recycling bins. Glass had been prohibited last year.
• ORCHID: To the hundreds of baseball fans who turned out this week at Eastwood Mall to participate in a rally to save the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. We hope the huge turnout led by the mall officials and local elected leaders will send a big message to Major League Baseball to rethink the plan to eliminate the Scrappers as a minor league affiliate.
• ONION: To vandals and thieves who steal and vandalize political signs during election season. Democratic Trumbull County commissioner candidate David M. Guarino reported to police this week that three large yard signs were stolen. Werner Lange, a Democratic candidate for 63rd Ohio House representative, also has indicated several of his signs were stolen. Also last week, signs outside the Mahoning Valley campaign office of presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg were spray-painted with graffiti. Why can’t candidates campaign and compete on the issues without criminal mischief coming into play?
• ORCHID: To those arguing in favor of Warren police body camera usage. We believe the plan would enhance transparency greatly among city police officers. We encourage city leaders to work diligently in their efforts to find funding so this proposal can come to fruition within a reasonable amount of time.
• ORCHID: To Lincoln PK-8 school resource officer Michael Currington at Warren City Schools, Mayor Doug Franklin and to everyone else involved in surprising second-grader Krista Monsman by naming her honorary police officer during a special school assembly this week. The mayor also named Wednesday as “Krista Monsman Day” in Warren. As part of a class project, 8-year-old Krista, who uses a wheelchair to get around, had written about her desire to become a police officer. Currington saw the essay and ran with it.