Brenda J. Linert

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. ...

Perseverance is key in life — not just for Foles

“He has traveled a long road: starter and castoff, journeyman and backup,” Associated Press pro football writer Barry Wilner wrote last week, chronicling the unusual path that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles followed to the summit of his sport. You all know much of the story. ...

Ryan-Carlson exchange highlights questions, passion

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has a way of bringing out the worst — or best, depending on how you look at it — in people. Carlson, the Fox News host of the nightly show that examines political issues of the day, is known for not only asking the hard questions that good journalists aren’t ...

Public officials must know, live by sunshine laws

Openness and transparency always is guaranteed when it comes to public boards that deal with public funds. Every elected or appointed official carries a responsibility to know the law and enforce it. And if questions exist, I believe the bodies that conduct the business of its citizenry should ...

It’s a new year, so let’s shape up our health

Trumbull County is among the most smoker-heavy counties in the country, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In fact, the county has well more than twice the national average of the population puffing on cigarettes, the Tribune Chronicle reported last week. It’s a dubious ...

The printed page can never be replaced

Tucked in the northwestern corner of the Tribune Chronicle’s second-floor newsroom in our downtown Warren headquarters is a small room that we in the news business affectionately call our “morgue.” Lining one wall are rows of wooden cubbies designated 1 through 31, corresponding with ...

Visions of arctic weather dance in our heads

Does anyone else wonder if meteorologists go out of their way to scare the pants off Americans with their forecasts? Arctic blast! Polar vortex! As if those terms aren’t already painting horrible enough images in our heads, now there’s Bomb Cyclone! Really? This week, for the first ...

Ruling could affect more than just betting

Sports betting is big business, especially at this time of year when dozens of college football teams are competing in bowl games, four of them are vying for a national championship title and NFL playoffs are about to begin. I’d venture to guess there probably is no bigger time of year for ...

Slow down, appreciate angels among us

I received a letter last week that got me thinking. Most letters I receive intended for publication on this opinion page focus on politics or local government spending or taxes or other items of the sort. Sometimes letters come of a religious nature, and those we generally publish in our ...

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 ...