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Brenda J. Linert

Journalist recounts path to citizenship

In his mind, Luis Sanchez Saturno has been an American since he was a teenager. After moving to Warren from Venezuela at age 13, he learned to speak broken English as an eighth-grader at Warren’s Western Reserve High School. Later, he attended Howland Local Schools, where he settled into ...

Don’t take local military value for granted

Michael Dustman, director of constituent services for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, was adamant last week that the Mahoning Valley should not “give up the fight” on the possibility that a local military installation still could be chosen as home for a proposed East Coast Missile Defense site. If ...

Voter roll purge dispute all about politics

I was a little girl growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania when I recall hearing some aunts and uncles in my large extended family engaging in discussion about an upcoming election at that time. Some in my family were not regular voters, and I recall them chatting about the chance that ...

Fairs and newspapers are a long tradition

Attendance at county fairs has been a long-standing tradition of my family every summer. But last week, as I strolled past the grandstand at the Canfield Fair, it felt different. That’s probably because this time I had come alone. And I wasn’t immediately in search of a lemon ...

Dayton shooter’s school records should be released

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is siding with media organizations suing for the school records of gunman Connor Betts, who killed nine people Aug. 4 in Dayton before being shot to death by police. News organizations, including The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, The Associated Press, CNN, The ...

Worthwhile exhibit showcases local photos

Longtime Tribune Chronicle entertainment writer Andy Gray was humble when I oozed praise on him recently about the amazing art show he curated at Trumbull Art Gallery. “Well, it helps to have talented friends,” he said of the concert photography exhibition showcasing more than a hundred ...

Where do we draw the line on workers’ status?

One of the Mississippi chicken processing plants caught up in last week’s immigration raid now plans to host a job fair Monday. The company, Illinois-based Koch (pronounced Cook) Foods, tells the Associated Press it will be recruiting new workers for its Morton plant at a nearby state job ...

Lessons from cross country invaluable

I was amazed the first time I watched my son run at a junior high cross country meet. It was in McDonald’s Woodland Park. He was in seventh grade. Not knowing what to expect, I stood with other parents behind ropes marking the course waiting for the runners who lined up down the hill and ...

Local journalism’s value touted on Senate floor

Shortly after the recently announced closure of The Vindicator left the Mahoning Valley reeling, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, stood on the U.S. Senate floor to deliver heartfelt words about the importance of community newspapers and local journalism. “When local newspapers close, ...

Thrice-flooded Johnstown shows human spirit

It was 42 years ago this week, in the wee morning hours of July 20, 1977, when, perched in pajamas on the basement steps of my family’s small ranch home in rural Cambria County, I watched as water inched up the concrete block walls. Mom and Dad were dressed in an odd combination of sleep ...

Ruling will impact access to information

Who owns the law? Odd question, isn’t it? Laws are owned by everyone, right? How could it be any other way? After all, laws have been crafted, debated, voted on, approved and signed all in the public spectrum by those we elected to represent us in virtually every form of government. ...

Change is constant, but future is strong

The news hit all of us with a thud. As word spread through the Tribune Chronicle newsroom Friday afternoon, the reaction repeated over and over by members of newsroom staff and co-workers throughout our building was simple — shock and disbelief. The people at The Vindicator, our worthy ...

‘America’s backbone’ needs financial help

Think about the many times lately that we all have bemoaned the fact that our yards are so flooded or waterlogged that we can’t even cut the grass. Then consider what the deluge of rain this spring has meant for those who rely on the fields for their livelihood. Rightly, these folks often ...

Not all drones constitute privacy invasion

It was clear by the many reader comments posted on the bottom of our story last week that residents are adamantly opposed to a proposed Trumbull County plan to use drones to look for work being done on local homes or other buildings without the necessary building permit. The idea was to have ...

Case shows cycle of domestic violence

At age 20, she stands just 4-foot-11 and weighs less than 130 pounds. Her Trumbull County Jail booking photo shows the Warren woman’s heavily bruised face, including two blackened eyes. The charge filed May 26 against her is listed in the Warren Municipal Court file as obstructing official ...

Being center just may be right way to go

The letters bearing no return address began arriving over the past few weeks via U.S. mail, each one addressed specifically to me by name and title at my newsroom office. Because my address appears on a meticulously typed computer label, I suspect I’m not the only person who’s been ...

Success of local Relays not likely to slip away

We all know someone who has experienced cancer in some form. Along with the pain and fear of the unknown that we’ve come to recognize, we also likely have seen courage, fight and hope stemming from new treatments, drugs and other experimental options increasingly producing new successes ...

With more information comes growth

Criticism comes frequently my business, sometimes from people accusing journalists of going too far in reporting details that they believe border on sensationalism or cross the line of what should be considered public information. Nowadays some critics simply take to social media to share ...

Planning is key in high school education

I can’t count how many times I’ve lectured my sons on the troubles that come with school work procrastination. Sure, my boys still would put off until tomorrow school work that they could have done today. But then again, they were in high school! So what’s the excuse for the ...

Body camera law brings limits to access

A new Ohio law took effect April 8, creating specific guidelines for openness involving police body camera videos now being recorded by officers in many Ohio jurisdictions, including some in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. While the new guidelines were sorely needed, the law, Ohio House Bill ...