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Brenda J. Linert

14-year-old speller should inspire us all

It seems odd, amid the heat of a stormy, Midwest summer, to be thinking about spelling bees. But then again, what hasn’t been odd about this year? The 94th annual National Scripps Spelling Bee, usually held Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C., this year was held July 8 in Disney ...

Vax-A-Million falls short of high expectations

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination lottery created by Gov. Mike DeWine with high hopes of using the lure of cold, hard cash to influence Ohioans to roll up their sleeves apparently was more splash than substance. Results of the so-called “Vax-A-Million” lottery, released when the promotion ...

Free press is one of our many liberties

On this holiday, when we give thanks for the many liberties that make America great, I reflect particularly on our press freedoms. Appreciation for this critically important freedom should grow as we witness it crumbling in other parts of the world. Sadly, just 10 days ago Hong Kong’s ...

The majority, not officials, rule in America

I get frustrated with elected officials who think they know better than the voters, often somehow managing to forget it was those same voters who put them in office. They often imply, for instance, those voters didn’t REALLY mean to check “no” for a tax levy or the box for their ...

Comic strip not representative of Vindicator

Tom Batiuk, author of the syndicated comic strip “Crankshaft” published regularly in The Vindicator, often strays from humor in his comic strips to bring attention to important, even sometimes tragic, issues. Through the years the Akron native has explored issues like adult literacy or ...

IRS leak renews debates over income tax

Last week’s story naming America’s billionaires who manage somehow to pay little to no income tax set off outrage that varied largely, I’m guessing, on how much money you happen to have in the bank. The story by investigative journalists at ProPublica reported that, overall, the richest ...