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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Education can combat plague of fake news

I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion last week about the future of local news coverage in the Mahoning Valley. This important discussion was coordinated by the Youngstown Press Club and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and included this newspaper, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...