Orchids and onions

– ORCHID: To the Lordstown Energy Center for donating $10,008 to Lordstown schools to pay off all student school cafeteria debt. The students now may start the new school year with a clean slate.

– ONION: However, to school district parents who have allowed their children’s lunch accounts to go unpaid for so long. That is not the way to teach children how to be financially responsible. If these folks truly can’t afford the meals, free and reduced lunch programs exist.

– ORCHID: To those leading efforts to generate interest and raise funds for the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue Project. Crews from “CBS Sunday Morning” will feature the story and plans for the statue in an upcoming broadcast. The statue will be erected in downtown Youngstown. It will depict Valley native George Shuba’s famous 1946 handshake with baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson after Robinson’s first home run in mainstream professional baseball. Shuba was white and Robinson was black, making this an enormous gesture during an era of open racism in America. Dan Pecchia, a member of the project committee and president of Pecchia Communications, which is donating services for the project, said the national television coverage showcases the Mahoning Valley as a place where people get along across racial lines. For project information, visit www.robinsonshuba.org.

– ONION: To residents in Newton Falls who continue to challenge issues approved by village council and are fighting to get the issues on a ballot. The Trumbull County Board of Elections this week rejected two referendums presented by “Be The Change in the Falls” group seeking to overturn legislation to replace water and electric meters and to upgrade the law director’s pay. Now group leaders say they will file a complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court. It’s time to let it be. Council members are elected and / or appointed to make decisions for their constituents. If the voters are unhappy, then vote them out. That’s how our representative form of government works.

– ORCHID: To Lordstown Motors Corp. and New York-based investors DiamondPeak Holdings Corp., which united to bring a $675 million infusion. The deal includes a $500 million fully committed PIPE — private investment in public equity, which is a mechanism that allows institutional investors to invest in private companies — with a $75 million investment from General Motors. That’s exciting news that brings even more legitimacy to the new local electric vehicle startup company.


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