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Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

Horton is a hit, and so is reading

Dr. Seuss is famous not just for putting together silly rhymes in ridiculous stories, but for the reason he did it. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in 1927, Dr. Seuss, as he eventually became known, created his silly rhymes largely because he wanted to help children find enjoyment in reading. He ...

Open government, free press keys to democracy

Happy Sunshine Week! No, I’m not talking about the hope for more sunny days now that we’ve set our clocks ahead. Rather, national Sunshine Week, which kicks off today, was created in 2005 to educate the public about the importance of open government and transparency. In fact, every ...

McKinley’s presidency will be recounted

Saturday marked the 120th anniversary of the presidential inauguration of our very own William McKinley. I call him that because, of course, he was born right here in Niles, was raised just down the street in Poland, Ohio, and as an adult, called nearby Canton his home. Now, it may seem ...

GMO debate won’t be solved anytime soon

Regular readers of the Tribune Chronicle’s community page know that each Thursday we publish what we, in my newsroom, affectionately refer to as the “farm column.” “On the Farm” offers views and opinions of area agricultural experts on things like the past and future of this very ...

Details matter — in the news and at the White House

Details matter. As a journalist in America hearing President Donald Trump’s constant bashing of the media, I know that more than ever. My concern isn’t with Trump’s criticism of specific stories, or even his ongoing jousting with reporters. In fact, I often have conversations with ...

‘Fake news’ debate buzzes even in bee stories

The bumblebee’s role in crop pollination and its importance to farmers apparently isn’t so defined after all. News stories were published locally and nationally in the last few weeks showing problems that are arising from dwindling bumblebee numbers. Specifically, the rusty patched ...

Here we go again heading to election season

Following Wednesday’s deadline for primary election candidates to file petitions with local boards of elections, the names of the Republican and Democratic candidates who are hoping to appear on the May 2 ballot were published in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle. I know what you were ...