Brenda J. Linert

With more information comes growth

Criticism comes frequently my business, sometimes from people accusing journalists of going too far in reporting details that they believe border on sensationalism or cross the line of what should be considered public information. Nowadays some critics simply take to social media to share ...

Planning is key in high school education

I can’t count how many times I’ve lectured my sons on the troubles that come with school work procrastination. Sure, my boys still would put off until tomorrow school work that they could have done today. But then again, they were in high school! So what’s the excuse for the ...

Body camera law brings limits to access

A new Ohio law took effect April 8, creating specific guidelines for openness involving police body camera videos now being recorded by officers in many Ohio jurisdictions, including some in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. While the new guidelines were sorely needed, the law, Ohio House Bill ...

The dangers of being a good Samaritan

As the cynics say, no good deed goes unpunished. That became abundantly clear in an editorial I read this week published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The story detailed how the opioid crisis impacted the life of Sharon White of Delaware County, in eastern Pennsylvania, beginning in ...

Heartbeat bill passes and legal battle set

It took only little more than three months into his term for new Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to make good on his promise to sign into law Ohio’s so-called “heartbeat” bill. Under the legislation — among the toughest anti-abortion laws in the nation — it will be illegal in Ohio ...

Even routine census sets off partisan fight

In one year, local workers and a “complete count committee” will be among those making a coordinated effort nationwide to ensure every single resident is counted in the 2020 national census. Required by the U.S. Constitution, a count every 10 years of “the whole number of persons in ...

Very special sections in this week’s Trib

Despite the headline on the “TV Trib” inserted into today’s newspaper, let me assure you, dear reader, you have NOT entered “The Twilight Zone.” Yes, today’s TV Trib looks a little different than the one you’ve grown accustomed to, but I believe you really are going to like it. ...

Let Trump’s love of Fox News work for us

If you’ve wondered how to get the president’s attention on issues near and dear to you, just ask United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green or former Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro. They seem to have figured it out. Here’s a hint: Fox News. You know by now that President Donald Trump ...

Sunshine week should trigger transparency

Warren and Trumbull County officials last week unveiled some 67 surveillance cameras they say will improve personal safety and provide evidence helpful in solving crime. But just as we continue to fight for the release of video from police body cameras and cruiser dash cameras, we foresee ...

Do we really need a House vote to get along?

Much national media coverage in recent weeks has focused on the splintering of the Democratic Party in Washington and the challenges Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces in controlling her new younger generation of lawmakers, mostly women and minorities, who have demonstrated they are ...

GM-Lordstown ramps down, final Cruze on line

While it was not unexpected, the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze still was noticeably absent from the large Chevrolet exhibit at this year’s Cleveland Auto Show that wraps up today at the I-X Center. The final Cruze to come off the Lordstown Assembly line moved from the complex’s stamping ...

Janesville, Wisc., proves we, too, will survive

The similarities between Janesville, Wisconsin, and Warren are astounding — and in many ways, painful. With a 2010 population of about 63,000, Janesville, county seat of Rock County, Wisconsin, is slightly bigger than Warren. That midwestern blue-collar town also was home to a General ...

Crowded Dem presidential race still growing

By my count, I see about 16 Democrats who officially have declared runs toward the White House — give or take a few. That’s not including the dozen or so others still testing the water. Among those remaining undecided are a couple close to home — U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, ...

Modern, urban commuters sure love to scoot

It was this past Labor Day weekend when my husband and I, along with some longtime friends who now live in Greensboro, N.C., and Atlanta decided, on a whim, to reunite for a weekend getaway. Someone suggested Columbus and quickly we all were in for an Ohio State football game. It was that ...

Perseverance key in cleanup, development

It’s been more than 25 years since Ohio Leatherworks pulled out of Girard, leaving what has amounted to no less than an environmental nightmare. The cleanup, ongoing since the city took over the property in 2013, will take millions of dollars in federal or state grants, along with local ...

Journalism basics include accuracy, context

Context is key. That’s among the first things young journalists are taught in J-School ethics classes. The lesson comes pretty much right after the importance of being accurate, fair and balanced. Sadly, we learned by coverage of last week’s viral videos of a Washington, D.C., protest, ...

Solutions that come with a little discussion

A lack of communication on the two sides triggered massive debate and many hard feelings. The public, especially, reacted with visceral anger. Given the events of last week, I could be commenting on the ongoing federal government shutdown that, after 30 days, is affecting all of us one way ...

Act like grownups and solve impasse now

Frustrated parents called the Tribune Chronicle newsroom last week questioning why some local schools didn’t implement rehearsed tornado protocol when a twister touched down in Bazetta and Cortland on Tuesday. Others told my news reporters they saw the tornado barreling through parts of ...

Lawmakers could limit Ohio ballot initiatives

An Ohio House Joint Resolution that would make it more difficult for citizen-driven changes to the state’s constitution to become law was introduced last month. It would cut the time frame for collecting signatures by four months; require 60 percent of the vote, rather than 50 percent of ...

Unpredictability of 2019 is a certainty

About this time every year, most of us marvel that another year has come and gone. We reminisce as we try to predict what the new year might bring. Of course, we all know there really is no predicting news, and perhaps that’s why we spend so much time reflecting on those unpredictable big ...