Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

‘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 ...