Brenda J. Linert

Opioid community conversations begin tonight

Today a group of local media that includes the Tribune Chronicle continues our effort to find solutions to help combat — or at least slow — the heroin and opioid crisis sweeping through our area, our state and our nation. Our journey of solutions-oriented journalism has included coverage ...

Onset of fall brings thoughts of Thanksgiving

The focus of the very first presidential proclamation ever issued in this nation was about giving thanks. It was President George Washington, in fact, who first proclaimed our national day of thanks. Now, we all know we don’t need a proclamation penned some 228 years ago to tell us we ...

Big events can trigger spread of ‘fake news’

We all read and watched in horror as news of the grisly massacre in Las Vegas unfolded last week. Firing from a 32nd-floor hotel suite one week ago, mass murderer Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others. Paddock had multiple fully automatic weapons, and he was firing ...

Trib turns attention to two health crises

As it is the first day of October, readers likely will notice that — as in past years — the Tribune Chronicle logo has gone “pink” today in honor of breast cancer awareness month. We also have devoted the main story on our front page today — along with a six-page special section ...

Railroad crossing safety always important

The railroad crossing arm drops and waiting motorists can feel the rumble of the approaching locomotive that hasn’t yet come into sight. Impatient drivers inch closer, peering in both directions as if they are approaching a four-way stop sign. Then the driver of the first vehicle in line ...

Rain adds death and suffering to India

In recent weeks, I studied with interest stories and photos moving on The Associated Press wire depicting destruction on the other side of the world. Certainly Mother Nature brought about an equal amount of despair to the United States and poor Caribbean islands in the last few weeks. But ...

Election plans and anniversary reflections

It’s hard to believe it’s almost general election time again! It seems like we just got through all the hoopla of the presidential election about 10 minutes ago, but it’s true the Tribune Chronicle is already in the process of seeking information on the Nov. 7 general election. As an ...

Deceased paper carrier touched many lives

Tribune Chronicle Circulation Manager Bill Waugaman shared sad news this week. His friend, longtime Tribune Chronicle carrier and former Circulation Department District Manager Eric “Rick” Gibbs of Vernon Township, passed away Aug. 24. He was only 65. Undoubtedly, many of our readers ...

Coverage of racial issues meant to inform

I first learned several weeks ago — long before the hate-filled events transpired Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va. — of an interesting presentation being planned by the Niles McKinley Memorial Library titled “The history of the Ku Klux Klan in Niles.” It is a historical topic we ...

Cartoons mean to draw attention to issues

I usually instantly can tell by the number of voicemails blinking on my office telephone whether we’ve published something that has triggered readers to dial up the newsroom. Among those things that trigger a big response are the editorial cartoons that appear on the Opinion page every day. ...

Placing blame won’t solve health care crisis

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had a lot to say last week about the war of words developing between President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the health care issue. The growing divide between Trump and McConnell began, of course, with the ...

Pilot’s death raised questions about story

Sometimes in this business, you come across a story that you just know belongs on A1. And if it’s really good, we know it should be a feature package on the front cover of Sunday’s edition. This is a sad story about doubts I had about the placement of a recent feature article, and how ...

Be sensible when you hit the seven seas

Syndicated columnist Diane Dimond last week wrote her entire column about crime on the seven seas. Dimond, whose typical columns, published on Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle opinion page, deal with crime and punishment — often sexual assaults — last week was talking about crime on cruise ...

Don’t be stupid when using social media

The Trumbull County Board of Elections last week adopted an employee “Social Media Policy” supporting the “free exchange and camaraderie” that social media brings, but warning workers about serious repercussions of overstepping on the internet — whether on or off duty. (Read it ...

Anonymity should be a rarity in news stories

CNN this week said it was safety concerns that led to its decision to withhold the identity of the man behind a doctored anti-CNN video shared last week by President Donald Trump. The video, originally posted by an unidentified man on Reddit, a social media web site, showed an old WWE ...

Fair, not crude, public criticism will help keep America great

I had hoped the barrage of crude attacks directed by candidate Donald Trump at the national media was going to slow when President Donald Trump took office. This week, however, Trump took to Twitter again, this time to ridicule the intelligence, appearance and temperament of cable television ...

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, ...