Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

Intentions alone don’t bring jobs to the area

Does the name Element Electronics mean anything to you? It may not since the company doesn’t manufacture anything here. But the name sure means something to the many workers inside the Element Electronics TV manufacturing facility in Winnsboro, S.C. The company is owned and operated by ...

Effect of GM cuts is harsh no matter the cause

Falling crude prices and gasoline costs at the pump that consumers so often hope for might be at least partially the reason for Americans’ shift towards larger, gas-guzzling vehicles and away from smaller, gas-sipping cars like the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze sedan. Friday, we saw the ...

Why social media needs newspapers

I read an article last week that delved into the debate over whether newspapers should continue use of social media to share online news stories. I suspect the article came about after scrutiny developed when news broke last month that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President ...

‘Fake News’ chants are causing undue harm

Twitter loves lies, the Associated Press reported in a recent story about a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study that found false information traveled via social media six times faster than the truth and reached far more people. Specifically, an average false story takes about 10 ...

Two Warren women helped shape history

As I stood in the small office inside the 178-year-old former home of Harriet Taylor Upton last week, I had actual goosebumps — and not just figuratively. It wasn’t the home’s beautiful Victorian design, the enormously high ceiling, nor its elegant, yet sparce, furniture that left me ...

Sunshine week ends but the fight must not

“A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge ...

Steel, aluminum tariffs will put America first

People who know me personally probably have heard me gripe about ridiculous comments and tweets made by both President Trump and candidate Trump in the last couple years. I’m guessing Trump haters and Trump supporters have probably felt the same way at some point — depending on whatever ...

It’s tax time; don’t fall prey to scammers

It’s the beginning of March and for the first time in decades, my husband and I are just now getting around to filing our income tax returns. We usually get this important annual task accomplished in early February, as soon as all our required documents arrive, but this year we got a bit ...

Class, strength exuded by Gabby Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords may have had a lot of thoughts she wanted to share during her recent appearance at Youngstown’s Stambaugh Auditorium. They were communicated with few words, though, from a woman who should be an inspiration to us all. Giffords appeared with her husband, retired U.S. ...