Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

‘Heartbeat bill’ teed up for costly fight

Many women don’t know they are pregnant by the time a fetus has a heartbeat that’s detectable to an obstetrician. And by the time that heart is beating — normally around 6 weeks into a pregnancy — it would be illegal in Ohio to terminate that pregnancy, according to the controversial ...

‘Rose-colored’ can be just the right tint

Sometimes one needs only to look at the big picture through an outsider’s eyes in order to see just how fortunate we really are. Sure, it’s easy to get bogged down in the negativity of life — and school. It sure wouldn’t be the first time I heard complaints from young people in my ...

Illegal parking changes come to Weathersfield

Until 2011, Ohio law dictated that any motorist who parked illegally — say, in front of a fire hydrant, in a handicapped parking space or too far into an intersection — would be held criminally responsible for that violation if it occurred in unincorporated areas of the state, not ...

Why local newspapers make us all better

Columbia Journalism Review, a respected trade magazine in my industry, has been attempting to track the increasing number of “news deserts” in our nation — that is, communities that have no local newspaper to report daily news. We are lucky in Ohio because the report indicates our ...

Increased security here can’t bog us down

Five-star Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel on the waterfront in Mumbai, India, is as breathtaking today as it was 10 years ago — before Pakistani gunmen armed with assault rifles stormed in, opening fire on hotel guests and staff. The Nov. 26, 2008, hotel assault was just part of several ...

A good day to visit Trumbull Veterans’ Memorial

It was 10 years ago today that the vision of an area veteran, coupled with an incredible community effort to honor our American heroes, was christened in downtown Warren. The Trumbull County Veterans’ Memorial, erected on the east bank of the Mahoning River, commemorates the sacrifice made ...

November chock full of Tribune events

There is lots going on with the Tribune Chronicle this month, so get ready! CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE: I am thrilled to be involved in the Tribune Chronicle’s sponsorship of this week’s 13th District Congressional debate. U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, Democratic incumbent, and Christopher ...

Love of people helped drive local columnist

Most readers know Bruce Thomas largely through his stories about people that he relayed in countless columns he’s written for the Tribune Chronicle over the years. But it was his love of people that propelled Bruce to find and share those stories. Tribune Chronicle readers lost the popular ...

Local steel case important to Kavanaugh

My memory of that surreal time in recent American history is a little fuzzy now, but for certain, it was ions before Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings turned into — as Kavanaugh described it — the Twilight Zone. It may have been amid the spectacle of protests and ...

‘Bug’ soon to be gone, but never forgotten

My older brother and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. The engine in that hump-shaped, tiny white car was not under the hood like any normal car. No, much to our glee, this noisy little creature that Dad surprised us with contained an engine in the trunk! I recall for a very short ...

Join discussion today on making area vibrant

We published on our front page last Sunday a story about the continuing decline in the number of jobs and middle class income — locally and statewide. Certainly, people who live and work here might not have seen that story as a huge revelation. But putting the numbers on paper, comparing ...

Saturday Trib about to get bigger, better

Every Saturday for more than 30 years, the Tribune Chronicle has been published in a tabloid format rather than the broadsheet format we use the other six days of the week. I’ve been told the decision was made back then because many daily newspapers were doing it in an attempt to make the ...

Trump’s help needed now in Valley

The General Motors manufacturing complex has been a critical part of our local economy for more than 50 years. Whether United Auto Workers there were manufacturing the Chevrolet Impala in the late 1960s, the GMC G-series van in the 1980s, the extremely popular Chevy Cruze today or even that ...

Transparency needed for church’s next 75 years

Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas pointed out a few weeks ago in the Tribune Chronicle that sexual scandals and inappropriate behavior are as old as the Bible. True, but these days, it’s just the last 70 years on which all eyes are focused. That’s the time frame included in the scathing ...

Farewell to true patriot and American hero

To read the complete text of Sen. McCain’s farewell letter, click here As an American, I always have admired the great strength and immense patriotism of Sen. John McCain. As a journalist, I found new respect when he spoke clearly on the importance of our free press. “We need a free ...

Toxic opioid mixture growing, killing users

For a moment, I thought we could catch our collective breath. It appeared the number of opioid overdoses and related deaths were on the downturn. That’s not to say Trumbull County residents and others across the state and the nation are no longer using illegal drugs. Certainly, I’m no ...