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Brenda J. Linert

Officers’ legacies are helping area students

A dozen or so college students gathered last week for a lovely luncheon in a room inside Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. Most were accompanied by their parents. Also attending were university officials, including President Jim Tressel, along with other special ...

Mark Veterans Day with respect, reverence

I was perusing syndicated editorial cartoons late last week in search of one to publish Monday to mark Veterans Day. I needed one that depicted the importance and reverence of the holiday — one that showed respect and heartfelt appreciation for those who served our nation selflessly. As I ...

High court case answers some questions

I sometimes hear from readers wanting our newspaper to get involved in their attempts to obtain public records, especially when they believe a public agency is unresponsive to their request. Indeed, journalists generally have more experience at seeking public records. However, I’m not an ...

Fall brings thoughts of offering thanks

Leaves are turning, folks are stocking up on their trick-or-treat candy and the nights are getting more brisk. That has become increasingly clear each night when I take my beagle out for his regular stroll. We go well after dark because, well, my husband would tell you that’s usually when ...

Truth, inclusiveness focus of Sheen lecture

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Like many Hollywood actors Martin Sheen has been known to speak his mind on political issues of the day. Honestly, it’s just not something I usually want to hear from people I look to for simple entertainment. Let’s face it, I spend all day, every day ...

Education can combat plague of fake news

I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion last week about the future of local news coverage in the Mahoning Valley. This important discussion was coordinated by the Youngstown Press Club and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and included this newspaper, ...

Democrats’ race for White House getting interesting

When even liberal and left-leaning columnists start criticizing Democrats and their shaky promises of free stuff, you know there’s trouble. Syndicated political columnist Froma Harrop’s piece published in this newspaper Sept. 22 did just that. In that column, Harrop pointed out that ...

Mike DeWine wants answers on chemicals in Ohio’s water

My family and I try to do our part to protect the environment. We recycle our cans, bottles and newspapers without fail every week. I drive a Chevy Malibu gasoline / battery-operated hybrid that saves fossil fuel every time I back out of the garage. My husband even has taken a great interest ...

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 ...