Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

Brick and mortar stores aren’t going away

As I chopped celery, diced onions and otherwise transformed clumps of bread into stuffing for a 20-pound turkey early Thanksgiving morning, I was entertained by the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade flashing on a large screen across the room. Just like those Thanksgivings when I was a ...

Fight fake news plague by reading the newspaper

Attempts to spread fake news have existed as long as newspapers have. Yet suddenly, “fake news” has become a dastardly buzz word, causing newfound serious concern, triggering debate and criticism as if it’s something new. Since the Nov. 8 general election, Facebook and other forms of ...

Fight to preserve free press for democracy

Two months from today, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as our 45th president. During his campaign, the president-elect made many interesting promises, and now most Americans are wondering how many will come to fruition. One such promise could have significant effects on how much ...

Newsprint captures, preserves historic events

Extra editions are a rarity for modern-day newspapers. With the onset of online editions came the opportunity for newspapers to keep readers up to date instantly as news breaks. Here, the Tribune Chronicle does that at www.tribtoday.com and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Despite ...

Ballot selfie? Crime of First Amendment right?

I don’t post every single thing I do on social media, but that doesn’t mean it should be illegal. Since it’s two days before what is likely to be among the most historic presidential elections in history, you might have already guessed this has to do with Tuesday’s election. The ...

Trump planting skepticism among voters

My office phone has been ringing a lot lately. In past weeks, I’ve seen a trend in the calls from readers taking on an accusatory tone that we, like all mainstream media, must be in cahoots to keep Donald Trump out of office. These folks really believe that we journalists have created a ...

Doing good deeds; celebrating the Indians

Let’s just say the weather was less than ideal for hundreds of local volunteers who headed out Saturday to take part in the 14th annual Trumbull County Make A Difference Day. And while the cold rain likely caused some folks to rethink their plans, hundreds still turned out to do their part ...

Freedom of Speech is what makes America great

Happy Free Speech Week. In case you aren't aware, this annual event kicks off Monday. It's intended to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech to our democracy. That, of course, includes a right to outlandish comments made by political candidates and stupid actions ...