Orchids and onions

ORCHID: To Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, for intervening in an attempt to get President Trump’s assistance in the decadelong battle to get full pensions for Delphi salaried retirees. Retirees have been battling with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, which terminated in 2009 pensions of 20,000 or so salaried retirees, including some 1,500 from the Mahoning Valley. This week, DeWine and Turner asked Trump, while aboard Air Force One, to intervene in the matter. Trump had been campaigning in the Dayton and Toledo areas Monday, and he says he’ll look into it, raising some hopes.

ONION: To the Ohio Department of Health and its interim director Lance Himes for recommending that, among other ways of lowering the spread of COVID-19 during Halloween, people should consider leaving treats in mailboxes. In fact, it’s against the law to use a U.S. postal mailbox for anything other than mail that has postage attached.

ORCHID: To decorated Vietnam War veteran Carl Nunziato, whose name will be on the new local Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. This week, after U.S. House approval, Nunziato was adamant this building should represent not only him, but all war veterans. “Together, we paved the way not just for veterans with disabilities but for all Americans with disabilities.” U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, called Nunziato “a true American hero” who “has never quit.”

ONION: To the now-defunct company that originally designed and / or built the roof at Warren’s Willard PK-8 School. After just 12 years, school officials reported earlier this year the roof needed to be replaced, costing more than $700,000. Then, after six classrooms flooded after heavy rains on Labor Day, roofwork is expanding and now may not be done until next spring. “They keep peeling the onion, and it seems that the onion is rotten,” said Warren schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro. Worse, considering the company contracted to build the roof, VEC, went out of business shortly after the work was completed, we suspect taxpayers will be left holding the bag.

ORCHID: To state and local facility officials for working together to develop plans to soon allow indoor visitation with those with developmental disabilities, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities as cold weather approaches amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Outdoor visitations have been allowed at facilities for several months now, but outdoor visitation will be less viable in colder weather. Indeed, it’s important for families to safely visit and interact with loved ones. We are pleased this issue is a priority and plans are being laid.



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