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Brenda J. Linert

Mahoning Valley roads lead to … Mars?

“All roads lead to the Mahoning Valley.” You might remember I wrote about that little expression we commonly tout in our newsroom because, well, they just do. Over and over again, it seems that we read national or even international stories on The Associated Press wire only later to find ...

Hiding with speed camera ‘not police work’

I had a conversation with a reader recently who called my office to discuss a government issue that’s been bothering him. Readers often call our newsroom to vent, sometimes because they know — based on the position we have taken on our opinion page — that they are in friendly territory ...

When country music pride turned to shame

Pride — in our nation, in our hometown, in our service men and women, or even in our family — has long been the recurring theme in country music. And while love of America and your hometown — not to mention your dog or your pickup truck or your favorite fishing hole — are good and ...

Superfan goes to Super Bowl and to HOF

Who seriously ever gets to go to the Super Bowl? Sure, we all know people who have had really rare and cool sporting event experiences. Court seats at an NBA basketball game. Attendance at a college football championship game. Tickets to Game 7 of the World Series. Heck, the Steelers have ...

Late Christmas cards are least worrisome

The metered cost to mail a 1 oz. letter went up a penny this month. Good thing. Maybe the U.S. Postal Service will put the extra money to good use getting the mail delivered on time. Seriously, this is not a matter to joke about. Repeated and outrageous delays in mail delivery are ...

Woman VP has been a long time coming

We have started down an incredible new path in history. Yes, given the events of the last four years, that statement is a no brainer. But I’m not speaking just about the presidential flip from Republican to Democrat, or from conservative to liberal, or even from unorthodox to traditional. ...

It’s time our children get back to school

I don’t always agree with our governor, but on at least one very important issue, I do. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and I are in complete agreement that kids need to get back to school. I say this just as my son, a senior in high school, is pressing me and my husband to allow him to change his ...

Riot in DC reaches way beyond just politics

Five people have now died after pro-Trump protests in Washington turned violent Wednesday and hundreds, perhaps thousands, poured unbridled into the U.S. Capitol building, overpowering the thin police line. By now, we’ve all seen the shocking video footage and photographs. Since then, ...

Court ruling stresses government openness

While America and individual states have varying levels of laws guiding openness of government, laws that have changed through the years reflective of high court rulings and legislation, most government officials understand the critical importance of public access to the workings of government. ...

We’d like to forget, but COVID-19 is part of history

I saw an editorial cartoon last week that was set in the year 2120. A child seated in a floating desk chair in history class asks his teacher why all the textbooks skip the year 2020. The boy’s robot teacher responded, “Historians are still trying to sort that one out, dear.” Yep, ...

Baseball fans must adapt to changes, good or bad

It was just a few short months ago when I used this newspaper space to question how loyal Cleveland baseball fans would remain if and when the major league baseball team’s owner dropped the team’s name, the “Indians.” We’re about to find out. Owner Paul Dolan announced Monday the ...

Legislators accomplish little with support of suit

I’m not sure what Republicans in Ohio’s state Legislature were thinking when they urged Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost to get involved in a Texas lawsuit challenging election results in four states that President Trump lost. Ohio wasn’t among those states. Trump, of course, won ...

French law could limit sharing police videos

Allegations of police brutality aren’t exclusive to the United States. And neither is the growing trend of passersby — often random members of the public — stopping to video record police stops and arrests. We are blessed in America with liberties that our founders had the foresight ...

CARES funds spent on more than basics

Improving technology to give students better remote access to their teachers seems like good use of CARES act funding. So does purchasing ambulances or personal protective equipment for first responders treating COVID-19 patients. This year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic ...

Easier voting also can make fraud easier

Voting in the Nov. 3 general election in Ohio probably could have been easier. For instance, in the name of voting ease, several states mailed ballots ahead of the election to every registered voter. To help make the process more convenient, some countries across the globe now even are ...

Everybody knows it’s not over until it’s over

There’s a vast difference between the 5 million popular votes that separate Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the race to the White House and the small margin of 370 votes separating Trumbull County candidates Michael O’Brien and Martha Yoder in the race to the Ohio statehouse. But the two ...

Oddities of this pandemic-year election

What a surreal election this has been. And I’m not even talking about the large number of incumbent upsets in local races, the days and days of ballot counting or the public accusations from our president of fraud and attempts to “steal” the election from him. Yes, civil suits have ...

Feeling rested after that extra hour of sleep?

If you’re reading this and you haven’t yet turned your clock back, you’re probably already late for church. Or were you early for church? I can never keep those straight. Either way, we’re told we should have awoken today feeling exceptionally rested since we supposedly gained an ...

Unorthodox November approaching quickly

These days, white silken ghosts hang from the hooks on my front porch that only recently held my purple flowering hanging baskets. Halloween is quickly approaching, and just like that, the Nov. 3 election will be here, and then Thanksgiving. (I already know what I’ll be thankful for ...

We’re still fighting for fairness and balance

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. Amazingly, those two sentences actually appeared as the start of ...