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Brenda J. Linert

Recall strength, unity that emerged from 9/11

Like most of us who were born before Sept. 11, 2001, I recall vividly where I was that morning when the world forever changed. I first heard the news reports of an airplane striking one of the twin towers on my car radio. At that point, I didn’t fathom a thought of any conspiracy theory. ...

Mask up to protect your favorite furry friends

Mankind apparently isn’t alone in suffering serious illness this summer. While we humans debate whether we should be vaccinated against the continuing global pandemic or if we need to wear a face mask at the Canfield Fair this weekend, song birds, white-tailed deer and even otters and ...

How we report fairly during divided times

I was invited recently to speak at a community meeting on the topic of the challenges of producing a “politically neutral newspaper in increasingly partisan times.” Fortunately for me (or unfortunately), the topic didn’t involve a lot of research. It’s my reality these ...

Vindy’s ‘rooster’ something to crow about

The cozy, warm feeling of sunrise on a country morning is what we hoped to achieve with the painted “rooster” statue that The Vindicator sponsored as part of this year’s Canfield Fair. Our rooster, designed and painted by local artist Rick Muccio, depicts a beautiful sunrise coming up ...

Series encapsulated critical parts of past

I’m far from what anyone ever could label a historian, but I do love learning about history. I love touring small, local museums like the McKinley birthplace in Niles, which I visited many years ago with my son as he researched his third grade “famous Ohioans” report, or the Youngstown ...

We shouldn’t let cursive handwriting fade away

Editor’s note: Editor Brenda Linert is on vacation this week. This “From the editor’s desk” column was first published in 2015. My newspaper recently published a story by education reporter Margaret Thompson that discussed a Howland second-grade classroom that spends about 15 minutes ...