Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

The dangers of being a good Samaritan

As the cynics say, no good deed goes unpunished. That became abundantly clear in an editorial I read this week published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The story detailed how the opioid crisis impacted the life of Sharon White of Delaware County, in eastern Pennsylvania, beginning in ...

Heartbeat bill passes and legal battle set

It took only little more than three months into his term for new Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to make good on his promise to sign into law Ohio’s so-called “heartbeat” bill. Under the legislation — among the toughest anti-abortion laws in the nation — it will be illegal in Ohio ...

Even routine census sets off partisan fight

In one year, local workers and a “complete count committee” will be among those making a coordinated effort nationwide to ensure every single resident is counted in the 2020 national census. Required by the U.S. Constitution, a count every 10 years of “the whole number of persons in ...

Very special sections in this week’s Trib

Despite the headline on the “TV Trib” inserted into today’s newspaper, let me assure you, dear reader, you have NOT entered “The Twilight Zone.” Yes, today’s TV Trib looks a little different than the one you’ve grown accustomed to, but I believe you really are going to like it. ...

Let Trump’s love of Fox News work for us

If you’ve wondered how to get the president’s attention on issues near and dear to you, just ask United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green or former Ohio Sen. Capri Cafaro. They seem to have figured it out. Here’s a hint: Fox News. You know by now that President Donald Trump ...

Sunshine week should trigger transparency

Warren and Trumbull County officials last week unveiled some 67 surveillance cameras they say will improve personal safety and provide evidence helpful in solving crime. But just as we continue to fight for the release of video from police body cameras and cruiser dash cameras, we foresee ...

Do we really need a House vote to get along?

Much national media coverage in recent weeks has focused on the splintering of the Democratic Party in Washington and the challenges Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces in controlling her new younger generation of lawmakers, mostly women and minorities, who have demonstrated they are ...

GM-Lordstown ramps down, final Cruze on line

While it was not unexpected, the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze still was noticeably absent from the large Chevrolet exhibit at this year’s Cleveland Auto Show that wraps up today at the I-X Center. The final Cruze to come off the Lordstown Assembly line moved from the complex’s stamping ...

Janesville, Wisc., proves we, too, will survive

The similarities between Janesville, Wisconsin, and Warren are astounding — and in many ways, painful. With a 2010 population of about 63,000, Janesville, county seat of Rock County, Wisconsin, is slightly bigger than Warren. That midwestern blue-collar town also was home to a General ...