Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Hubbard native Nick Bruce for qualifying to compete in the Tokyo Games’ first-ever freestyle BMX or bicycle motocross competition. It’s been a long and arduous road for Bruce to make the U.S. Olympic team. Heading into it, he finished fourth in the BMX dirt event at the prestigious X Games and at various world championship competitions.

• ONION: To Newton Falls Mayor Ken Kline and Village Council members Brian Kropp and Tesa Spletzer for meeting unannounced for lunch last week with a representative of the state auditor’s office and state Rep. Michael Loychik on various matters. We should not have to remind public officials that Ohio’s open meetings law requires all public business to be conducted at publicly announced official meetings. We’d think Newton Falls officials have enough mayhem on their plates of late to add to the controversies by openly skirting state law.

• ORCHID: To Warren native Tori Piper for her work in producing NBC’s live television coverage of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo through Aug. 9. She is a member of the network’s technical crew and ensures that lighting and technical aspects of the broadcasts go off like clockwork. This is not Piper’s first rodeo. Her experience covering three other international Olympic Games over the year bodes well for stunning imagery for millions of viewers nationwide.

• ONION: To Howland Township officials for failing to remove speed-camera alert signs in the township even though trustees abolished the controversial program two years ago. While their removal should not constitute a license for motorists to speed at full throttle, their lingering presence comes off as a sneaky and disingenuous scare tactic.

• ORCHID: To Warren 11-year-olds Alessandra Renn, Ella Economos and Lyla Day for producing original crafts and selling them at a benefit sale they created for Akron Children’s Hospital’s oncology department and the Animal Welfare League. The three students at John K. Kennedy Lower Campus spent the past few weeks making such items as rubber-band bracelets and painted rocks for the sale at the community garden on Woodland Street in Warren. The trio’s hard work rises as an exemplary model of compassion toward children and animals in need in our community.

• ONION: To Trumbull County Commissioner Niki Frenchko for publicly humiliating an interim county officeholder at a public meeting earlier this week. When interim county clerk Paula Vivoda-Klotz defended her minutes and the proper procedures for seeking legal opinions, Frenchko sternly commanded Vivoda-Klotz to shush. We concur with fellow Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa who implored Frenchko “to treat people with a little respect” at public meetings.


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