Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Ellwood Aluminum, which recently produced test casts of aluminum rods at its Hubbard Township facility where it hopes to gain a foothold in the aluminum casting industry. The Pennsylvania-based company is launching a $72 million undertaking here and next will work to clear other hurdles before full-scale production can start.
• ONION: To Major League Baseball for pulling the plug on Minor League Baseball — including the Mahoning Valley Scrappers — this year. MLB informed Minor League Baseball — which has acted as an important developmental tool for the big leagues for more than a century — that it won’t provide players for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, these are unprecedented times. We get that. But with the long-term future of the Scrappers still in question, the latest decision brings the very real possibility that the Scrappers may have played their final game here.
• ORCHID: To Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost for attempting to hold General Motors to its agreement with the state and demand the automaker “pay back every last penny” of the $60.3 million it received in state tax credits for its former Lordstown assembly plant. This week Yost said this: “Accountability is the key to good business, and we’re holding GM accountable for not living up to its end of the contract.”
• ONION: To Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, however, for his soft approach to GM’s attempt to renege on the money owed to Ohio. Last week DeWine said this: “We don’t necessarily have to get that cash back,” and, “We’re not actively pursuing the clawback.” Come on! GM broke the tax incentive agreements when it closed the Lordstown facility in March 2019. It should pay back the funds.
• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Historical Society for “Voices,” an oral history project intended to preserve experiences of elders in Warren’s black community. So far, the website, www.voicesoftc.org, includes more than 100 interview clips, and it also soon will hold a gallery of items scanned during a Black History Month community event held in February. What a wonderful project!
• ONION: To Warren residents who skipped the important discussion about the city’s spending and upcoming 0.5 percent income tax renewal held this week at the Warren Community Amphitheatre. Only about 20 people showed up — and probably half of them were city workers — to hear the expectations and plans from city leaders. Residents should take more interest in how local government spends their tax money.