Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To the organizers and more than 1,000 participants of the “We Matter” rally in downtown Warren to protest the senseless killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. The group was able to express its collective frustration and outrage over the treatment of African Americans by police in the U.S. without violence, looting and vandalism that has happened at other protests in cities across the country.
• ORCHID: To the operators of the Medici Museum of Art in Howland for opening within public health guidelines for COVID-19. The museum is allowing tours by appointment for groups of 10 people or fewer five days per week — a great way to give the public access to the paintings in the Boy Scouts of America collection there, including 65 by Norman Rockwell.
• ORCHID: To Niles City Council for for changing city code to stop people from using riding lawnmowers as vehicles on roads and sidewalks. Apparently, people who have had their driver’s license suspended now are turning to the mowers as their mode of transportation. That’s dangerous. There are plenty of other ways to get around — call a taxi, call a friend or relative for ride, ride a bike or walk.
• ONION: To Trumbull County commissioners for failing to act on hiring dispatchers for the county’s 911 dispatch center in Howland. While we understand commissioners are in a hiring freeze because of the viral outbreak, dispatchers are essential to the health and safety of the public and to the police officers and firefighters on the streets. Being a dispatcher is a stressful, exhausting job that becomes more stressful and tiresome when staff is understaffed, which is the case now.
• ORCHID: To students and staff at Warren G. Harding High School and to the Warren Police Department for their effort to collect supplies for the food pantry at the high school. Enough food was collected to fill six police cruisers. Several students rely on the pantry, which became even more vital this year because of the viral outbreak limiting students’ access to the pantry.