Roses to nice people as we like to regularly point out. Reader Hazel Piriak of Salem writes: "To the editor: Saturday, Jan. 12, I went shopping at Sparkle market in Salem. Went to my car and beside me parked a wonderful couple. He pointed out to me that I had a flat tire. He said he would fix it for me. Took the flat tire off and put the spare on. Being on a weekend couldn't get it fixed until Monday. His wife even put some muscle on the jack. Wouldn't take anything, but want them to know how grateful I was. They were my angels that morning. You are in my prayers and thank you both so very much. Roses to both of you!
Roses to members of Leetonia Council. This certainly is deserved because we always hear about cities and towns having money troubles. Over the past two years Leetonia Council has paid off debts early - that's the key word - on items such as an ambulance, back hoe, fire truck, two police cruisers and a street department truck. Interest saved is upwards of $30,000. That is a lot of money for a small village to well use elsewhere. That is being fiscally prudent and we commend all members.
Roses for plans already being made to host the Salem Super Cruise. It's hard to believe that this year's event planned for June 20-23 - will be the eighth. This giant crowd magnet is the best thing to happen to downtown Salem. Even if you don't like the cars, you have to like the atmosphere. Not just maintaining it but finding ways to make it even better should be a priority.
Thorns to the report that the city health department wasn't able to give flu shots or other immunizations during a crunch time period since a required license expired Dec. 31. And it wasn't renewed. Which was called an oversight. Man, granted, we all make mistakes including those seen in this newspaper - oversights, if you will. But this is a big one given that our flu season is one of the worst in recent memory. It's downright embarrassing too. Not exactly what taxpayers want to read about.
Thorns to Manti Teo. He is either exceptionally cunning or stupendously stupid and naive. From here, he is guilty to the largest degree of anyone involved of perpetuating this hoax. Let's get this straight: you were so devoutly in love with someone yet didn't bother to attend her funeral? Or never even met, period? Granted, some of us have had a girlfriend - OK, sigh, girlfriends - along the way who we later wished had never existed. But his story was bogus from the get go. And how's this for humiliation: the latest report has the voice of the so-called mystery girl whom Teo was so devoted to yet actually never met being, drum roll please, that of a man. That's got to make a stud All-American linebacker feel real good inside. Thorns too to the Notre Dame puke publicity machine for not being forthcoming as soon as it learned about the mess. It certainly milked the Teo sob season cow so much it nearly lifted him to a Heisman-winning moment. Which would've been another joke on its own. And let's not even visit the Lance Armstrong neighborhood. He is a pathetic fraud whose worst crime was bullying and destroying people while carrying on the deceit. What a bunch of role models we've seen lately for our children! Sad. Very sad.