ONION: To Geauga County Judge David L. Fuhry and his staff for allowing convicted school shooter T.J. Lane III to wear a t-shirt with ''killer'' written on it, make disgusting comments to his victims' families and give them an obscene gesture. The casualness in which he unbuttoned and removed his dress shirt gave the judge and court personnel plenty of time to stop him. Better yet, Fuhry should have ordered Lane to wear a prison jumpsuit and shackles at the wrists and ankles since he was already convicted of mass murder.
ORCHID: To county highway engineers around Ohio for opposing a proposal to increase load limits beyond 97,000 pounds. The legislative proposal is based on an opportunity to stimulate economic activity, which Michigan did when it raised its load limit to 164,000 pounds. But, as the engineers point out happened in Michigan, the added cost to repair and upkeep roads and bridges (which the federal government require to be re-rated after changing the load limit) negated the economic benefit.
ONION: To Niles schools Superintendent Frank Danso for not releasing the name of the bus driver disciplined for abandoning a student who fell asleep inside the vehicle. Government transparency is imperative for people to be properly involved in their communities. Danso's actions arouse suspicions that school officials have something to hide and clearly violate Ohio open records laws, which require school employee personnel files to be open to the public.
ORCHID: To 75-year-old Crossroads Hospice patient Willie Lane who shared his artwork with other residents and led a group in drawing during an art party. Lane's room at Austin Woods Nursing Home has his art covering the walls. The art party enabled him to share his passion with his neighbors.
ONION: To the Austintown Board of Education for keeping secret the terms of a tentative contract it reached with the Austintown Education Association. Since salaries and benefits usually represent 70 percent to 85 percent of a district's budget, it's vital that taxpayers have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposal before the school board votes on their behalf. The school board violated the spirit of Ohio's open records laws, if not the letter of the laws themselves.