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Brenda J. Linert

More on FEMA funeral expenses reimbursement

You’ve probably heard by now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering financial funeral and burial assistance for families who lost a loved one to COVID-19. We’ve written a few stories about it, and last week we published an editorial explaining some details. Our ...

China’s growing power brings challenges

Nearly every day we hear or read of increasing concerns over communist China’s economic and military growth. Recent data published in the Washington Post indicates China logged 2.3 percent growth for 2020, making it the only major economy to grow last year despite crippling effects of the ...

How quickly things change — and stay same

Didn’t we just do this? Things circle around increasingly fast these days, but this year’s Easter celebration should be quite a bit different than the one we experienced last year. That was when most of us probably either watched our priests or ministers deliver their messages via Facebook ...

Democracy suffers when information is blocked

News coverage of recent arrests, detention or threats of charges, sadly, appear to be just the latest attempts to silence media and the free flow of information that journalists provide around the world. Here are a few of the latest frightening examples — including one in America that ...

Johnstown Flood Museum well worth the trip

If you have never visited the Johnstown, Pa., Flood Museum, it’s well worth the one-tank trip. Housed in the former public library building in downtown Johnstown, the museum tells the story of the devastating loss of life and property in the 1889 flood, known as one of the greatest natural ...

Leaders need passion to unite, words to calm

Today, as Americans remain partisan and divided, it’s hard to envision the possibility that words from a leader could actually unite us. Sadly, these days, even inspirational words can serve to divide Americans. Undoubtedly, many might have been inspired by the words spoken Feb. 28 by ...

Journalists take ‘witness’ role seriously

“Fake news!” are the cries journalists hear these days more than most prefer to admit. It’s unfortunate and disheartening because in my more than 25 years in this business, I can think of not one journalist that I knew personally who ever intentionally attempted to steer a story in any ...

Mahoning Valley roads lead to … Mars?

“All roads lead to the Mahoning Valley.” You might remember I wrote about that little expression we commonly tout in our newsroom because, well, they just do. Over and over again, it seems that we read national or even international stories on The Associated Press wire only later to find ...

Hiding with speed camera ‘not police work’

I had a conversation with a reader recently who called my office to discuss a government issue that’s been bothering him. Readers often call our newsroom to vent, sometimes because they know — based on the position we have taken on our opinion page — that they are in friendly territory ...

When country music pride turned to shame

Pride — in our nation, in our hometown, in our servicemen and servicewomen, or even in our family — has long been the recurring theme in country music. And while love of America and your hometown, not to mention your dog or your pickup truck or your favorite fishing hole, are good and ...