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Brenda J. Linert

Woman VP has been a long time coming

We have started down an incredible new path in history. Yes, given the events of the last four years, that statement is a no brainer. But I’m not speaking just about the presidential flip from Republican to Democrat, or from conservative to liberal, or even from unorthodox to traditional. ...

It’s time our children get back to school

I don’t always agree with our governor, but on at least one very important issue, I do. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and I are in complete agreement that kids need to get back to school. I say this just as my son, a senior in high school, is pressing me and my husband to allow him to change his ...

Riot in DC reaches way beyond just politics

Five people have now died after pro-Trump protests in Washington turned violent Wednesday and hundreds, perhaps thousands, poured unbridled into the U.S. Capitol building, overpowering the thin police line. By now, we’ve all seen the shocking video footage and photographs. Since then, ...

New court ruling stresses gov’t openness

While America and individual states have varying levels of laws guiding openness of government, laws that have changed through the years reflective of high court rulings and legislation, most government officials understand the critical importance of public access to the workings of government. ...

We’d like to forget, but COVID-19 is part of history

I saw an editorial cartoon last week that was set in the year 2120. A child seated in a floating desk chair in history class of the future asks his teacher why all the textbooks skip the year 2020. The boy’s robot teacher responded, “Historians are still trying to sort that one out, ...

Baseball fans must adapt to changes, good or bad

It was just a few short months ago when I used this newspaper space to question how loyal Cleveland baseball fans would remain if and when the major league baseball team’s owner dropped the team’s name, the “Indians.” We’re about to find out. Owner Paul Dolan announced Monday the ...

Seriously? Texas GOP suggests secession?

I’m not sure what Republicans in Ohio’s state Legislature were thinking when they urged Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost to get involved in a Texas lawsuit challenging election results in four states that President Trump lost. Ohio wasn’t among those states. Trump, of course, won ...

French law could limit sharing police videos

Allegations of police brutality aren’t exclusive to the United States. And neither is the growing trend of passersby — often random members of the public — stopping to video record police stops and arrests. We are blessed in America with liberties that our founders had the foresight ...

CARES funds spent on more than basics

Improving technology to give students better remote access to their teachers seems like good use of CARES act funding. So does purchasing ambulances or personal protective equipment for first responders treating COVID-19 patients. This year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic ...

Easier voting can also mean easier fraud

Voting in the Nov. 3 general election in Ohio probably could have been easier. For instance, in the name of voting ease, several states mailed ballots ahead of the election to every registered voter. To help make the process more convenient, some countries across the globe now even are ...