Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

Football, yellow buses about to take over

If memory serves, it was just last week that we were congratulating our new high school graduates and planning our summer vacation, right? Wrong! It won’t be long until the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting more brisk and it’s time to take down my hanging summer flower ...

Visit ‘Wall’ replica this week to say thanks

I recall learning in my high school social studies class in the early 1980s about the wall that was being built in Washington, D.C., to honor those who perished during their service in the Vietnam War. I still can clearly remember my teacher telling us that the wall would be the largest ...

Letter writer gains national attention

Anytime a national news show airs a story about a letter to the editor published in a local newspaper, my attention focuses quickly. Add to that, a letter written by a 12-year-old girl in neighboring Geauga County to her local newspaper. Then, further add that the topic of the letter was ...

Ballot initiatives can create big problems

Patient advocates this month submitted hundreds of thousands of signatures to Ohio election officials hoping to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment that will add new regulations to Ohio’s kidney dialysis clinics. The group still has about 10,000 valid ...

Is drone use becoming constitutional issue?

After receiving complaints about drones — remote controlled unmanned aircraft — flying around village neighborhoods, Newton Falls council began considering legislation to limit where drones may fly and take photos. Councilman Tarry Alberini cited three complaints about drone use in the ...

Consider nominee’s qualification, not party

And the race was on. It took just about 30 minutes from the start of Donald Trump’s nationally televised announcement Monday unveiling Brett Kavanaugh as his U.S. Supreme Court nominee until four unsolicited statements from elected Ohio leaders popped into my Tribune Chronicle email. U.S. ...

Event gave heroes deserved recognition

Warren Carah told the crowd of nearly 100 people gathered last week at the Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center in Warren that he was hoping his story would enlighten and teach today’s youth about the amazing sacrifices made during World War II. While I know I’m not what he meant by ...

Five dead, but Md. newspaper will prevail

It was Thursday evening, just hours after the targeted carnage that unfolded inside the Capital Gazette newsroom, a place where news is reported — not where it’s supposed to be made — and the Annapolis, Md., newspaper tweeted this: “Yes, we’re putting out a damn paper ...

Stop kicking immigration can down road

The ongoing issue of illegal immigration is in the forefront of all Americans’ minds. And by “ongoing issue,” I don’t mean just the hot button topic that has been in the news recently. No, I mean going on and on and on. Last week, Republican congressional candidate Chris DePizzo ...

Sit back and relax; here comes the future

The photo provided by General Motors is simple but very telling. The passenger compartment of this new GM sedan appears sleek and comfortable. But look closer. The added roominess comes, in part, from elimination of a few minor things — like, say, the steering wheel, the gear shift and the ...

Recreational pot referendum problematic

It was 2016 when Ohio’s medical marijuana legislation passed, yet state officials said last week they won’t be able to meet the upcoming September 8 deadline to have the program in place. (That announcement came one day after Ohio announced the selection of 56 locations where medical ...

ABC network shares blame for Roseanne

The meeting we hold each afternoon in the Tribune Chronicle newsroom in which editors discuss story placement for the next day’s print edition became a bit more lively than usual Tuesday during discourse about how prominently we should publish the story about ABC’s firing of Roseanne Barr ...

Players should abide by NFL anthem policy

NFL owners approved a new policy last week to address last year’s divisive protests in which many players thought it was logical to use our national anthem to bring attention to issues in America today. Taking the lead from former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, some players have been ...

Fortifying schools is immediate answer

I dropped off my 15-year-old son last week and watched from my car as he strolled into his high school. Like countless other students, he slung his backpack casually over his shoulders and entered the building, passing a school resource officer seated at the front security counter with little ...

Taiwan offers good model of democracy

Of 140,445 registered Trumbull County voters, only 34,844 — less than a quarter — cast ballots for Tuesday’s primary election, despite having virtually an entire month to do so. Sadly, this pitiful voter turnout is what we, as Americans, have come to view as acceptable in our ...

Greetings from the other side of the world

Lin-ho’! As you’re reading this, I already will have touched down, God willing, at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after my nearly 14-hour flight from Los Angeles. I’m traveling this week with an international delegation of journalists, invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...