Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Health Department and many first responders who came together this week to announce their plan to distribute 2,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Statewide, distribution has been slow, but locally, officials are working hard to establish a good plan for distribution, first to our area’s elderly. Plans include a drive-thru vaccination clinic at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds next week. As the shots are rolled out, we must follow the urging of Howland fire Chief James Pantalone and “remain patient.”
• ONION: To Newton Falls Council for calling an emergency meeting this week for the sole purpose of recognizing the Cleveland Browns for their playoff win. Village Manager David Lynch said the meeting was deemed an emergency so the resolution could be more meaningful to players, coaches and fans prior to Sunday’s game. Really? This couldn’t have waited until the next regular meeting? We think using an emergency meeting for such a frivolous purpose minimizes the importance of village council and the urgency required for special or emergency meetings.
• ORCHID: To Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa for voting “no” on construction of a $1 million household hazardous waste collection facility for the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District. Cantalamessa initially favored plans for the new building, but said he changed his mind on the project’s prudence when the price and scope continued to rise far higher than what he thought they should be spending, especially, as he put it, “in the throes of a global pandemic, and everyone is tightening their belts. … Why should we be any different?” That’s what being a good steward of public money is all about.
• ONION: To Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda for suggesting that he will consult with fellow commissioners by phone to discuss any action that should be taken against Trumbull 911 Director Ernie Cook, who was convicted this week on charges of loss of physical control under the influence and failure to report an accident. Fuda has served as an elected official long enough to know that any discussion of county business must be done at a public meeting — not privately by telephone or otherwise.
• ORCHID: To Mosquito Lake State Park, which is not only beautiful, but also a favorite spot for anglers. The reservoir is the focus of an episode of “Fishing University,” airing this week on the Outdoor Channel and the World Fishing Network. Trumbull County Tourism hosted the film crew, with hopes of capitalizing on the show’s reach by drawing outdoor enthusiasts to the area.