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Brenda J. Linert

Shouldn’t we be making voting easier?

With just under 50 days until Election Day, nearly 1.4 million absentee ballot applications have been received by county boards of elections in Ohio. Ballots requested by military and overseas voters — about 15,800 of them — were to begin being mailed out Friday. All other ballots will ...

Player provides inspiration during pandemic

It’s depressing to acknowledge that it’s been nearly a year since I last attended a professional sporting event. My son and I took in a division rivalry Monday Night Football game at Heinz Field — Steelers vs. the Bengals — Sept. 30, 2019. Steelers won, 27-3. Not bad, I guess, for my ...

Drilling success in area only matter of time

I used to cover the business beat here, writing countless stories about growing high hopes for new local riches expected to come from the vast natural gas resources located in the Utica Shale. The shale play, of course, is a massive reserve encased in layers of rock miles beneath the Mahoning ...

Marking year of Vindy publication, other challenges

Things were a little more hectic than usual in my newspaper building one year ago this week. That’s when we were spending inordinate amounts of time and energy trying to devise our plan of just how we would handle taking over production and publication of The Vindicator — more than ...

Assorted football and election ramblings

Today I offer some assorted ramblings from my world. Are you ready for some football? If things continue along the same path, high school football — and many other sports and extracurricular activities — will be starting soon. High school football is set to begin this week, with ...

Road to women’s voting rights passed through Valley

Presidential candidate Joe Biden made history last week by selecting a woman of color, Kamala Harris of California, to share the Democratic ticket with him. Now, just days later, Americans will mark another election milestone — this one with significant local ties. Tuesday is the centennial ...

Wear your mask, and hope for the best

My kids are grown — well, pretty much grown. My oldest just earned his bachelor’s degree, and my youngest is preparing to start his senior year in high school. Despite the ongoing threat of COVID-19, he’s made his choice and is adamant that he will return to in-person school this ...

John Lewis inspired youth from Valley

The congressional website hosted by recently departed humanitarian and civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis remains active. Near the top of the site is a press release dated July 17, the same day he died, in which the Democratic congressman from Georgia explains a letter that he and fellow ...

Let the kids play in sporting events this fall

My youngest son has been training since January for his senior cross country season that should be starting in coming weeks. Thanks to COVID-19, he already sacrificed his junior baseball season, even missing out on the high school team’s planned spring break trip to Myrtle Beach for a ...

Fans won’t go easily with name change

The loyalty of Cleveland Indians fans soon could be tested again, this time as they face the possibility of not only the removal of their beloved Chief Wahoo mascot, but also now the team nickname. Via social media, the team on July 3 announced it was considering changing the 105-year-old ...