Brenda J. Linert

Cartoons mean to draw attention to issues

I usually instantly can tell by the number of voicemails blinking on my office telephone whether we’ve published something that has triggered readers to dial up the newsroom. Among those things that trigger a big response are the editorial cartoons that appear on the Opinion page every day. ...

Placing blame won’t solve health care crisis

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had a lot to say last week about the war of words developing between President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the health care issue. The growing divide between Trump and McConnell began, of course, with the ...

Pilot’s death raised questions about story

Sometimes in this business, you come across a story that you just know belongs on A1. And if it’s really good, we know it should be a feature package on the front cover of Sunday’s edition. This is a sad story about doubts I had about the placement of a recent feature article, and how ...

Be sensible when you hit the seven seas

Syndicated columnist Diane Dimond last week wrote her entire column about crime on the seven seas. Dimond, whose typical columns, published on Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle opinion page, deal with crime and punishment — often sexual assaults — last week was talking about crime on cruise ...

Don’t be stupid when using social media

The Trumbull County Board of Elections last week adopted an employee “Social Media Policy” supporting the “free exchange and camaraderie” that social media brings, but warning workers about serious repercussions of overstepping on the internet — whether on or off duty. (Read it ...

Anonymity should be a rarity in news stories

CNN this week said it was safety concerns that led to its decision to withhold the identity of the man behind a doctored anti-CNN video shared last week by President Donald Trump. The video, originally posted by an unidentified man on Reddit, a social media web site, showed an old WWE ...

Fair, not crude, public criticism will help keep America great

I had hoped the barrage of crude attacks directed by candidate Donald Trump at the national media was going to slow when President Donald Trump took office. This week, however, Trump took to Twitter again, this time to ridicule the intelligence, appearance and temperament of cable television ...

Keep fighting to shed light on government

We recently published several stories and opinion pieces dealing with attempts by local public bodies to keep their constituents in the dark. Among those, we reported on a series of “round-robin” meetings involving individual members of Warren City Council and a private business hoping ...

Hatred kills what makes our nation great

The man accused of shooting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others during baseball practice last week just outside Washington, D.C., belonged to an anti-Republican group called, “Terminate the Republican Party.” James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., was ...

Sharing history of our Star-Spangled Banner

We published a news item last week about the dedication of a flag retirement pit in Champion’s Clarence Darrow Park. The project had been undertaken by Trumbull County resident and Eagle Scout candidate Blaine Helmuth, 18, to create a place where torn or tattered American flags could be ...

Welcome to summer; don’t travel far for fun

As I’m writing this, the sun is shining outside, the grass is green and the sky is very blue. For certain, summer has finally arrived. If you’re a regular Tribune Chronicle reader, you probably already have seen the 36-page Guide to Summer 2017 we published May 26. The special section, ...

Analyzing demographics of newspaper readers

I read an interesting survey this week about newspaper readership. It was the annual analysis conducted by Nielsen Scarborough, and this year it included interviews with more than 204,000 American adults about their media usage habits, consumption patterns and purchasing habits. While the ...

Fake news shared widely via social media

I’ve been writing a lot about fake news lately, and I see no signs of the growing concerns and accusations going away any time soon. While we in the mainstream media receive our share of fake news accusations, there is a significant difference between honest errors that unfortunately occur ...

Truth always important in reporting, life

Keenly aware of the “fake news” criticisms the media frequently receives these days, I owe my readers an explanation. I received an email Monday from a daily reader who was not shy in his criticism. I had written in my column last Sunday that the Tribune Chronicle would not publish ...

Local elections covered best by local newspapers

Judging by recent calls and correspondence, I’m guessing if you live in the Mathews School District, you have an opinion about the district’s fifth attempt to pass a new school construction bond issue. Likewise, Bazetta voters feel strongly — one way or the other — about the ...

Closing Chicago EPA may cripple Great Lakes effort

Sources recently revealed to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports that President Donald Trump may plan to downsize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by shuttering the regional branch office in Chicago and consolidating it with the EPA’s Kansas office. Of course, federal ...

Drug crisis has reached emergency status

People we know are dying — 39 of them so far this year in Trumbull County. If the deaths were due to any reason other than illegal drug addiction, I suspect Americans would be reacting much differently than they have to deaths brought on by this opioid crisis. We treat with care the ...

Newsroom visitor hopes for end to racism

I often receive phone calls, emails and even impromptu visits from readers who have been wronged or who are so frustrated that they turn to the newspaper, hoping we can share their problems and help turn things around for them. While I genuinely would like to find a solution for every one of ...

Childish disagreements, stall tactics must end

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK We teach our kids in preschool to cooperate with one another. All through middle and high school sports, we teach our student-athletes about the importance of teamwork. Successful private businesses — like Google or Disney, for instance — hammer the premise of ...

Kids become innocent victims of opiate epidemic

For at least the third time since the opiate epidemic began spiraling out of control locally, a Trumbull County baby had to be revived earlier this month after overdosing on opiates. Every day we hear that opiate addiction is a disease. We hear that many people have developed a dependence on ...