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Brenda J. Linert

Voters really mean it when they say ‘no’

One of the biggest frustrations that comes with seeing tax levies on an election ballot isn’t that local governments or boards of education want to raise your taxes. Undoubtedly, most of us understand that over time, the cost of doing business goes up. Just like in private business, ...

Sharing mutual feelings for my biggest fan

Without question, my mom is my biggest fan — in my work and, generally, in life. These days, she almost always is complimentary. Trust me, it wasn’t always that way. As a teenager I struggled with her judgment, often feeling frustrated that she found it necessary to insert so much ...

Can you imagine dying just to share story?

Russian soldiers occupying regions of Ukraine are spending time gathering information, making lists and searching for journalists in order to make them collaborate or to silence them. “By waging this manhunt to track down Ukrainian journalists, the Russian troops aim to terrorize them and ...

Court case sets boundaries on anonymity

The outcome of an Ohio Supreme Court case brought by one of Ohio’s largest newspapers establishes statewide precedent for Ohio courts on when someone may file a lawsuit anonymously. The case involved a plaintiff — a Cincinnati area police officer — who sought to remain anonymous in the ...

Value today as tomorrow isn’t guaranteed

Nothing in life ever is guaranteed. Just ask the family of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Undoubtedly, the young man was in the prime of his life when he was killed early April 9, the result of a tragic accident. He was just 24. It was only about two weeks earlier that the Pittsburgh ...

Cellphone puzzle not limited to new iPhone

I got a new iPhone last week. I was pretty excited for about a minute. Then I remembered I’m not a millennial. What’s worse, I’m a Generation X-er who’s not tech savvy but thinks she is. I thought I had the setup all under control. I downloaded all my photos from the iCloud. I ...