Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To the Warren Family Mission, the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and the Warren City Health Department for providing a massive food distribution, packing groceries into 900 cars on Thursday. Orchids also to the volunteers who worked and to the recipients who remained calm and orderly throughout the well-planned distribution. Orchids also are due the Warren Police Department, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, Warren Deputy Health Commissioner Robert Pinti and to the Packard Music Hall, where the distribution was staged.
• ORCHID: To the Warren City Schools for feeding students even though school is out. As many as 800 students showed up for the free hot lunches before the district decided to offer “Grab and Go” due to guidelines against having so many children assembled during the coronavirus crisis.
• ONION: To the hoarders who have bought more than they need of sanitation products, paper products and food staples.
• ORCHID: To the grocery and other stores who have put limits on the products so more people have a chance at purchasing necessities.
• ONION: To those responsible for the last minute off, on-again, then off-again Ohio primary election. The right answer was arrived at but in a very wrong way. A lot of public officials have egg on their faces for being asleep at the switch when a decision should have been made sooner.
• ORCHID: To the Seven-Seventeen Credit Union for the $10,000 gift to help provide for the emerging needs in Trumbull County as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Seven-Seventeen President and CEO Gary Soukenik provided the money to be administered by the United Way of Trumbull County.
• ORCHID: To the Kent State Trumbull Campus for providing thousands of dollars in scholarships to the Tribune Chronicle Spelling Bee winners should they choose to attend the local campus.