Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Lordstown Motors Corp. for continuing progress on development of the automaker’s new all-electric pickup truck. The company announced this week it will partner with Slovenian company Elaphe Propulsion Technologies to develop the unique Model L-1500 Endurance In-Wheel Motor — another step toward reality.

• ONION: To the Weathersfield Board of Education for granting a large pay increase — around 20 percent — to school Treasurer Steve Haynie, bringing his salary from $56,000 to $68,000 within three years. The board voted 4-1 with Josh Garris voting “no.” While we are not questioning the quality of Haynie’s work, state spending cuts and expected tax revenue reductions stemming from the pandemic make this a bad time to be handing out raises.

• ORCHID: To Lakeview High School seniors who always celebrate the school year’s end with a parade. The traditional route was expanded this year to include Ohio Living Lake Vista senior community, where dozens of residents lined up to cheer for the students in this very non-typical school year.

• ONION: To miscreants who now have found ways to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by calling customers and demanding money or threatening a utility shutoff. One Ohio Edison customer reported he paid the caller, but when he contacted the utility, he learned it was a scam. If you get a call, check first before paying. In fact, FirstEnergy has suspended service shutoffs for past-due customers during the pandemic.

• ORCHID: To organizers of the 42nd annual Youngstown State University English Festival who, this week, took the event virtual. This event for students in grades 7 to 12 in our area encourages reading, writing, journalism, poetry, art and music. Our newspaper usually plays a role, and we are glad to see this year’s event continue, albeit online.


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