Thorns for the abrupt closing of Miller-Holzwarth. More job loss and more tax revenue loss. "They waited till everyone was done working and then told the workers not to come back," an observer relayed regarding the corpse cold treatment given the workers. Forget that many had years of faithful service. Thorns and really bad form to management for offering up not a single syllable of explanation despite repeated attempts by this newspaper to get details. Really bad form. Of course the company had no problem with the Salem News splashing a story about it several years ago when given an industry award. Such how it goes.
Roses to the Salem Police Dept. getting a spanking brand new cruiser with forfeited drug money. Thorns for the hard fact that there is enough drug money out there regionally to purchase an entire fleet of new police cars. For every city, village and township around. Roses for a drug sweep conducted Wednesday coming up empty at Centennial Park. Thorns, yes, to the fact that there is reason enough to even have to warrant such searches in a city park where kids play, picnic and swim. Thorns to the punks who inhabit the city parks. Which is exactly why we were opposed several years ago to a skateboard ramp area being built at Memorial Park. Good intentions that never would've have flown. The punks would've had overrun it and then destroyed it when they got bored. Such how it goes.
Roses to a new owner for the Cleveland Browns. Even if he currently is a minority owner of dreaded Pittsburgh and presumably soon to be a former self-proclaimed "1,000 percent Steelers fan." The change can't hurt, can it? Maybe he can bring some of the black and gold mojo along with him. Can bring some of the Pittsburgh players with him too for that matter.
Thorns to the Cleveland Indians becoming toast. Rigor mortis has set in a week into August. As in with eight long weeks left in the season. Those turnstiles at Progressive progressive?!!! - Field will be collecting cobwebs and not fans. Where is Grady Sizemore when you really need him? Indians management needs to look no farther than the scant 133 miles between Cleveland and Pittsburgh to see what a successful smaller market franchise model should look like. The once-moribund Pirates, under the leadership of Bob Nutting - yes of the Ogden Newspaper group that owns all three county newspapers - has been transformed into a bona fide contender in the few short years since an ownership changeover. The Pirates are one of the biggest and most refreshing talks of the entire major league baseball this season. Good for them and especially good for their fans.
Roses to 11-year-old Madi Brown. The Salem Southeast School sixth-grader nicely (it's on YouTube) sang the national anthem recently prior to a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game. She had auditioned on May 19 during a fanfest day. It was also Ladies Night. Eric Marsolf - the, ahem, smoldering "Brady" from "Days of Our Lives" was there. Madi got to meet the soap star. She is the daughter of Ben and Nancy Brown of Salem. Good for her!