Thorns to inconsiderate and selfish drivers as a whole. Specifically, this time at Salem Buckeye Elementary School when classes let out each day. Principal Dennis Neiderhiser was so perplexed by people parking illegally and driving recklessly that he filed a police report. The Salem cops will monitor the situation. The best way to stop this is to hand out a bunch of citations. Nobody wants a kid getting struck by a car.
Roses to those stepping up and volunteering to help out with the Salem Super Cruise. It takes a lot to pull it successfully off. But given the thousands of people it attracts the effort is well worth it. New Service Safety Director Ken Kenst has assimilated himself nicely into the flow. We endorse three ideas being discussed: utilizing space along Second Street; hanging promotional banners across State Street weeks ahead of the big June 21-24 weekend (it's been done for other events); and extending the Sunday activities. Last year there were dozens of people coming downtown well into Sunday afternoon after the Cruise has formally ended. Make it a full weekend for everyone if the logistics support it. The Salem Super Cruise is the best thing our city has going for its downtown. Pursue every opportunity to support it. And roses to the Salem High School art students designing logos, one of which will to be used this summer. Our Salem High art students have never been short on creativity.
Thorns to gas prices (sigh, again!) and chuckholes. Thorns to fast food restaurants that continually screw up orders that you, the customer, doesn't notice until back at home or work. Thorns to people who drive too fast through school zones and outdoor Christmas decorations still hanging as the month of March approaches, Big thorns to idiots who abuse animals (you might have heard about the recent accounts of horrendous cruelty to dogs in our county and Mahoning County).
Roses to spring training and the dreams its brings that maybe, just maybe this will be the season that the Indians - or Pirates depending on your particular regional team passion - reach the postseason. Roses to Mother Nature for keeping our heating bills down and a need for salt and road treatment to a minimum. Roses to those who respect and honor the tradition of Lent. Roses to all those wonderful Catholic gals and guys who make delicious pierogies. Especially the potato and cheese ones. Roses to those who hold benefit dinners, raffles and events for those in need. We are glad to publicize well-intentioned events aimed at helping out our fellow neighbors. Roses to the West Branch "Young and Alive" choir which performed in Orlando, Fla. as part of the Walt Disney Word Resort's performing art program.