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Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To an alert postal employee who stopped a scam that would have taken $7,500 from an elderly Warren woman. She was trying to mail a large amount of money after receiving a call from an unknown person who insisted the cash was needed to help the woman’s grandson. The postal worker advised the woman to call police before sending the cash. There have been other reports of similar scams. We all must be alert and aware.

• ONION: To two adult women who fought at a Newton Township mobile home park school bus stop last week. What were they disputing? A bullying incident involving their children ages 6 and 7, according to a Trumbull sheriff’s office report. Really? Now, that’s setting a good example.

• ORCHID: To the Mathews Board of Education for voting last week to table for further review granting 3 percent pay raises to workers in the board of education and treasurer’s offices. During a pandemic when so many residents of the school district have lost their jobs or are struggling to make ends meet, this is not the time to be awarding raises to public employees.

• ONION: To Daniel E. Stout, 63, of Warren, who was sentenced this week to serve six months in jail after he pleaded guilty to his seventh OVI conviction. Trumbull Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay’s sentence also ordered the man be fined, lose his driver’s license for three years and forfeit ownership of the 2001 Ford he was driving. All six previous OVIs were prosecuted as misdemeanors. Now, we wonder why it took seven convictions to land him in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court facing a felony charge.

• ORCHID: To Girard Free Library and Maria Selak, the children’s librarian, for seeking and receiving permission to place a library microchip representing Girard Free Library Children’s Department aboard the Perseverance rover that successfully touched down recently on Mars. Now, that’s cool!

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