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Brenda J. Linert

Muppet vaccine promo ruffles some feathers

Smokey Bear taught kids the importance of preventing wildfires. McGruff the Crime Dog warned them not to talk to strangers. And in 1972, Big Bird lined up on “Sesame Street” to receive a measles vaccine as part of a campaign to get more youngsters inoculated against the ...

Here comes a busy week for all of us

It’s going to be a busy week. Airports and highways are expected to be incredibly busy with holiday travelers. A few area high school football teams will be busy prepping for their biggest game of the season, so far. Area bakeries this week will be busy making pies that people like me ...

Journalists’ work can be risky business

The attorney for U.S. journalist Danny Fenster said his client wept Friday after being sentenced to the maximum penalty in a courtroom in military-ruled Myanmar in southeast Asia. It’s no wonder. We’ve all seen movies depicting harsh living conditions and labor camps in foreign ...

You can’t always blame the media

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in recent weeks, claimed that the Democrats’ “Build Back Better” bill was overwhelmingly popular with Americans, and then simultaneously also claimed most Americans had no idea what’s in it. Upset that the package stalled, he questioned how ...

We’ll keep shooting for the perfect paper

Ohio debuted its new license plate this month. It depicted the Wright Brothers’ first airplane pulling a banner that reads “Birthplace of Aviation” draped across the horizon. It would have been beautiful, except that instead of the odd-shaped original aircraft pulling the banner, it ...

Distrust so huge that even proof is disbelieved

What I can describe only as irresponsible reporting by a national cable news network spiraled so far out of control last week that even after two of my most experienced reporters spent days chasing and eventually debunking a Mahoning Valley connection, many readers remain unconvinced. It all ...