Roses to those observing National Day of Prayer. No elaboration needed. Roses to those behind the organized prayer days such as the ones in Salem, New Waterford and Lisbon.
Roses to those voting for and helping to bring a $1 million Walmart grant to our area. The retail giant awarded the money through a nationwide Facebook contest with the Youngstown-Warren area posting the most votes. Benefactors will be the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of?Youngstown. Both serve residents in our own area. The Second Harvest?Food Bank's yearly budget is $1.2 million. So that reflects the impact $1 million more will have. The grant money through the contest isn't an isolated act of charity by Walmart. It routinely expresses benevolence.?That and all of the values and jobs it provides our area makes it a vital player in the Salem economic community. Roses for hearing that the Walmart grant money will go entirely toward food for the needy and not for administrative purposes. That's how it should be.
Roses to those supporting an ongoing effort to restore and refresh the Reilly Wall in Salem. It is volunteer-driven and raising the kind of money needed for the project has been a huge challenge. One clever way which has been well-received is selling historic Reilly Wall Memorial bricks.
Roses to the Western Reserve girls softball team up in Berlin Center for winning 66 straight league games. That is remarkable. Roses for Beaver Local graduate Derek Wolfe. The Denver Broncos drafted the 6-5, 300 pound defensive tackle in last week's NFL draft. He had a outstanding career at the University of Cincinnati. It certainly deserves notice when a local person makes it to the big time like the NFL. Salem football fans have always been proud that the likes of Lou Slaby, Rich Karlis and Kirk Lowdermilk not only played pro football but played very well.
Thorns to Columbiana County commissioner John Payne. As detailed in a page 1A story Friday, Payne indicated concerns for the safety record of a local excavating company enlisted to perform contracted sewer service. He could not recall specific safety issues and reprimands to substantiate his comments and a search by our staff reporter did not reveal any either. So it appears that he was wrong in a big and bad way. Payne has been a good public servant. Given his longtime experience he should have known better than to make harsh unsubstantiated comments in a public setting. It undeservedly can reflect poorly on a business through no fault of its own. A public apology is certainly warranted in the same kind of public setting.