Brenda J. Linert

Local Christmas shopping critical to economy

T-minus eight days. Time is running out, and as Christmas Day approaches, the pressure to spend spikes. Published reports indicate that consumers are confident this year, and forecasters say that may trigger a seasonal sales increase of 4.5 percent for retailers. In fact, experts predict ...

Choice must include more than lesser of two evils

With Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama looming closer, debate over whether Republican candidate Roy Moore assaulted a teenage waitress some 30 years ago is reaching new heights. The latest debate to bubble to the surface Friday focused even more national media attention — as if ...

20 amazing youths to be honored this week

This week, the Tribune Chronicle will join with our partners, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and Kent State University at Trumbull, to celebrate the latest class of Twenty Under 20 honorees. It’s hard to believe five years have passed since our newspaper first began this ...

High-poverty schools see more challenges

When school report cards were released earlier this fall, Warren City School District experienced a significant jump in K-3 literacy from a failing grade last year to a “C” this year. The city school district also improved its four-year graduation rate from its failing grade last year. ...

Welcomed openness disappearing from society

It was about a year ago when I sat in church as usual on Sunday morning, and my priest addressed the congregation about a decision he and Parish Council had made. Based on the shocking number of violent attacks inside American places of worship, our church now would start locking the doors ...

Draw line at easing cellphone searches

Legislation approved 71-10 this fall by the Ohio House of Representatives would allow police to issue tickets to drivers caught using electronic devices, like cellphones, while driving. The bill targets a very serious growing problem. Distracted drivers using electronic devices contributed ...

Silence on blast furnace razing disheartening

It was a brisk November day in 2012 when I stood outside the grimy, soot-covered monster of a blast furnace along Austintown Warren Road. As then-business editor for this newspaper, I was doing a story about what we all suspected was a bleak future for the mill, but we were trying to remain ...

Efforts continue to seek opioid solutions

President Donald Trump last week declared the nation’s opioid crisis a national public health emergency. “We will overcome addiction in America,” Trump said Thursday. “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue.” His words rang strong, yet the president received crticism for the ...

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 ...