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WRITER: 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 guests. And there were several uniformed police officers. At first glance, the makeup of the crowd might have appeared ...

TSO dazzles crowd at Covelli

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been doing this for 21 years now, but Trans-Siberian Orchestra proved to packed houses Friday it still has much more to offer fans — and even as some of the group’s founding members age, they have not missed a beat. More than two dozen new and seasoned musicians, including 10 vocalists, two keyboardists, guitarists, percussion and seven other stringed performers who joined Friday’s ...

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 clicked open the images in a computer file, I came across a cartoon that I contemplated only for a moment, before ...

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 attorney who can dole out legal advice, and frankly, we don’t usually get involved in individual readers’ attempts ...

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 walk after dark because, well, my husband would tell you that’s usually when I’m getting home from work — but also because there are usually fewer people out in my neighborhood in the late evening ...

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 walk after dark because, well, my husband would tell you that’s usually when I’m getting home from work — but also because there are usually fewer people out in my neighborhood in the late evening ...

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 delving into stories and details of crime or politics, social and humanitarian issues and many other environmental or ...

Dems’ 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 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts still is refusing to say what taxes she would raise ...

As promised, the remarkable list goes on and on

Tuesday will mark the first month anniversary of the day the Tribune Chronicle first took over publication of The Vindicator. We’ve had some ups and downs in the last 30 days, but while we continue to work through the bumps, I hope you’ve been pleased with the product we’ve been putting out each day for each of you. Our first publication, as you may remember, included a lengthy front page story ...

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 his school work and American life. “I was pretty much ignorant to my immigration status,” Sanchez recounted to ...