Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

Vote makes Congressional records less open

It was a tweet by then-President-elect Donald Trump that led House Republicans to retreat on a plan they had early this month to gut an independent Congressional ethics board. However, the subsequent passage of updated rules under which the 115th Congress will operate still includes language ...

Guarding against spread of fake news

“Fake news” has become such a buzz word lately that Americans have begun throwing around the term anytime they see a news story with which they disagree or that they don’t believe. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying “fake news” doesn’t exist. Certainly it does. I come ...

Sides to collide at Trump inauguration

Friday, Inauguration Day, finally will end this very long era of contentious competition over control of the White House. Or maybe not. Around the same time that Donald Trump is solemnly swearing to faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, tens of thousands of ...

Opioid epidemic showing no signs of stopping

Last week, a young Warren mother was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison after her two toddlers ate heroin last February and had to be revived with an opiate antidote. The drugs apparently had been on the kitchen table in her Randolph Street home when the unsupervised kids, ages 9 months ...

Get ready for unpredictable 2017

By most measures, the 2016 news year has been extraordinary. Now I can say that as I look back at the big local stories that we’ve been revisiting for the last nine days — not to mention coverage of thousands of other stories we’ve shared over the last 365 days. We’ve taken the time ...

Foreign media took interest in Trumbull voters

American families gathering in celebration of the Christmas holiday today probably will face more uncomfortable debate about the presidential election that has been in the history books for more than six weeks. At my house, the topic has been ordered as strictly off limits in an attempt to ...

Popular vote feeds the Electoral College

We’ve been publishing a lot of readers’ letters lately about the role of the Electoral College in the selection of our president, including many from writers — most likely Hillary Clinton backers — angry that the popular vote was, in essence, discounted in the results of the Nov. 8 ...

20 students worthy of praise; more to come

As in past years, I had the opportunity last week to attend the Twenty Under 20 banquet, a wonderful event honoring 20 of our area’s best and brightest — all under the age of 20. If you ever worried you might lose faith in our area’s youth or in our future, you should take some time to ...