Roses to the Salem Saxon Club. Members provided new outfits over the holidays to 30 needy children referred to by the Salem Salvation Army. Completing the outfits were new shoes purchased and provided by Salem Sewer &?Drain. Good deeds by good people deserve the recognition and we are glad to try to provide that kind of exposure.
Roses to a considerate mail carrier. A Salem woman called us and said that her mailman checked on her at her home because he didn't see any footprints in the snow during the recent really bad weather. She was indeed safe, sound and warm in her home. But the mailman didn't know that. He was concerned for her safety and welfare. Yes, we owe a rose to that mailman. But also to the many, many others out there who stepped up and checked on their neighbors. With more frigid weather arriving this mid-week please let's all keep it up. In today's fast-paced world, it's so easy to just go on our way and ignore the problems our neighbors and the elderly experience. But thank God there are people out there who will take the time to offer assistance. We all need it, every now and then.
Thorns to the management of the Cleveland Browns. Those of you who follow the team should understand that. If the dunces running the team were birds they'd fly north for the winter. The fan base is simply too worn down from false promises and empty reaches. Let's watch the dumb birds blow another draft with all those picks in May.
Thorns to the state declaring it can't audit the Columbiana County Drug Task Force. It's due to "unauditable" financial records. It's an embarrassment for a group whose officers do so much for our county in fighting drug scum. Let's hope ineffectual bookkeeping is all there is to it. It's about accountability and transparency. Citizens deserve that from any public office.
Roses to Bob McCulloch III and his people for the spanking new, sharp-looking Hunter Associates Inc. building on West Second Street. What a difference it makes compared to the blight that was festering there. Our town needs more of this. Roses to locally-based Darlington Investments for creating the opportunity for Hunter Associates to occupy such a great building.
Thorns to creeps who prowl the internet. Such as the perv arrested for allegedly attempting to buy an underage girl to work as a sex slave. Oh, did we mention detectives found various weapons in his home including a rifle with a grenade launcher of all things? Scariest is knowing there are multiple creeps out there praying for a chance to prey on a young person. Parents and guardians beware. All the good that the cyber age provides is balanced out by the bad and evil it fosters and unleashes. That is undeniable. It's a whole new frontier out there for lawmen.