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Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

Don’t forget to check out all Medicare options

Medicare open enrollment period is quickly approaching. While most Americans have been so wrapped up in the upcoming election, presidential candidate debates, the coronavirus and everything else that’s affecting all our lives, I thought it might be wise to take a moment to remind you of ...

Despite debate debacle, don’t give up on voting

Perhaps after the debacle that was last week’s presidential debate, you might be rethinking whether you even want to vote Nov. 3. I watched the first debate broadcast from Cleveland last week, so if you’re frustrated, I feel your pain. Yes, it was a “presidential” debate, but these ...

Rights, responsibilities come with 18th birthday

Today, I’m the mother of two adult children. Yep, it’s the day my youngest son turns 18. We will celebrate with dinner, and he will be showered with love, plus the usual gifts, cards and cash. At some point very soon, my husband and I will have the same talk with him that we had with ...

Shouldn’t we be making voting easier?

With just fewer than 50 days until Election Day, nearly 1.4 million absentee ballot applications have been received by county boards of elections in Ohio. Ballots requested by military and overseas voters — about 15,800 of them — were to begin being mailed out on Friday. All other ...

Player provides inspiration during pandemic

It’s depressing to acknowledge that it’s been nearly a year since I last attended a professional sporting event. My son and I took in a division rivalry Monday Night Football game at Heinz Field — Steelers vs. the Bengals — Sept. 30, 2019. Steelers won, 27-3. Not bad, I guess, for my ...

Drilling success in area only matter of time

I used to cover the business beat here, writing countless stories about growing high hopes for new local riches expected to come from the vast natural gas resources located in the Utica Shale. The shale play, of course, is a massive reserve encased in layers of rock miles beneath the Mahoning ...

Challenges presented, met during past year

Things were a little more hectic than usual in the Tribune Chronicle office building one year ago this week. That’s when those who worked here were spending inordinate amounts of time and energy trying to devise our plan of just how we would handle taking over production and publication of ...

Assorted football and election ramblings

Today I offer some assorted ramblings from my world. Are you ready for some football? If things continue along the same path, high school football — and many other sports and extracurricular activities — will be starting soon. High school football is set to begin this week, with ...

Road to 19th Amendment passed through Valley

Presidential candidate Joe Biden made history last week by selecting a woman of color, Kamala Harris of California, to share the Democratic ticket with him. Now, just days later, Americans will mark another election milestone — this one with significant local ties. Tuesday is the centennial ...

Wear a mask and hope for sense of normalcy

My kids are grown — well, pretty much grown. My oldest just earned his bachelor’s degree, and my youngest is preparing to start his senior year in high school. Despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19, he’s made his choice and is adamant that he will return to in-person school this ...

Locals recall lessons from John Lewis

The congressional website hosted by recently departed humanitarian and civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis remains active. Near the top of the site is a press release dated July 17, the same day he died, in which the Democratic congressman from Georgia explains a letter that he and fellow ...

Let the kids play in sporting events this fall

My youngest son has been training since January for his senior cross country season that should be starting in coming weeks. Thanks to COVID-19, he already sacrificed his junior baseball season, even missing out on the high school team’s planned spring break trip to Myrtle Beach for a ...

Fans won’t go easily with name change

The loyalty of Cleveland Indians fans soon could be tested again, this time as they face the possibility of not only the removal of their beloved Chief Wahoo mascot, but also now the team nickname. Via social media, the team on July 3 announced it was considering changing the 105-year-old ...

Brave local actors share stories of abuse

Several women recently came forward to relay testimonials about sexual harassment and assault in local community theater. They shared these stories bravely, without hiding behind anonymity, demonstrating great courage and strength. Certainly, they had to know going into this that there was ...