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Brenda J. Linert

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 ...

Hugs, mask shedding seem normal again

It was May 14, just a few hours after Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Ohio was amending its remaining pandemic-era health orders and would be lifting the state’s mask mandate effective June 2. I stood outside the Niles McKinley Memorial where hundreds of other proud parents had gathered to ...

Understand, reflect on true meaning of Memorial Day

Editor’s note: Linert is on vacation. This column was first published Memorial Day weekend 2016. Monday is Memorial Day, a day that many Americans think of largely as the official start of summer. There will be picnics and family gatherings. Whatever you choose to do, please remember ...

How I learned to cover the mob in Valley

Growing up in a tiny, rural community in southwestern Pennsylvania, I never encountered much drama, or crime. Right out of college, I worked briefly in the “big city” of Johnstown, and even then I car-pooled to work with my mom, who worked at a bank a half-block from the real estate ...

Thankful for a more normal senior year

It’s that time of spring when the school year is winding down, and children are growing increasingly impatient for lazy summer days that can’t get here fast enough. And, for many students like a special one in my house, the end to their high school career is upon them. As my youngest ...

Good journalists own up to their errors

Former President Donald Trump, who first coined the phrase “fake news,” has been gone from elected office and also from most major social media platforms for more than four months now. Yet, those words — Fake News! — that make most journalists’ hair stand on end, still resonate ...