Roses to the Salem Regional Medical Center. The former Salem Community Hospital is ushering in a new era with not just a new name but with a new look. That has been well-covered on our pages. A special section will also appear this Thursday in the Salem News highlighting the medical center which remains a jewel of our community. Our city and surrounding areas is fortunate to have a facility offering the medical services that it does. Not to mention all of the jobs, taxes and spinoff jobs generated. Community open houses will be held this coming week: from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday; and from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday. Check it out.
Roses for Pennex Aluminum Company. Its extrusion plant in the Leetonia Trade Park will be adding 65 jobs through a $33 million expansion. These are labeled "family wage" jobs which makes a big difference. Any news of new jobs is good news.
Roses to Salem?Parks Dept. personnel. Regardless of weather, the walking paths inside Memorial Park and the adjacent rural trail are always plowed. Those of us who take extended walks as a primary source of exercise appreciate it. Especially coming off Christmas cookie season.
Thorns to idiots leaving pets outside during the recent ice age. Same to those complaining about getting mail or their newspaper late or not getting garbage collected. Are you kidding?
Thorns to a least favorite two- syllable compound word that usually is not uttered if not screamed until late winter: chuckhole. They are already popping up like groundhogs looking for shadows. The deep freeze hasn't helped. It is going to get real bumpy.
Roses for continuing nice acts from local residents. We again thank everyone contributing to drives for toys and stuffed animals that we were part of over the holidays. Roses for the kids who shoveled an elderly neighbor's walkway and porch for free. They walked without asking for a cent. Roses, a reader writes, for a stranger paying for her cup of coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. A kind act doesn't have to be some big endeavor. Sometimes the simplest ones are the best ones.
Roses for those major league Hall of Fame voters for continuing to keep the likes of Roger Clemens, Barry "Bulbhead" Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro from entering baseball's most revered fraternity. Anyone who even remotely follows the game can appreciate that. Payback, justice, karma - whatever - comes in many forms. Some stains don't come out. The above mentioned polluted and contaminated a game so many of us grew up loving. Let them live with the shame.