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Brenda J. Linert

Oddities of this pandemic-year election

What a surreal election this has been. And I’m not even talking about the large number of incumbent upsets in local races, the days and days of ballot counting or the public accusations from our president of fraud and attempts to “steal” the election from him. Yes, civil suits have ...

Feeling rested after extra hour of sleep?

If you’re reading this and you haven’t yet turned your clock back, you’re probably already late for church. Or were you early for church? I can never keep those straight. Either way, we’re told we should have awoken today feeling exceptionally rested since we supposedly gained an ...

Unorthodox November quickly approaches

These days, white silken ghosts hang from the hooks on my front porch that only recently held my purple flowering hanging baskets. Halloween is quickly approaching, and just like that, the Nov. 3 election will be here, and then Thanksgiving. (I already know what I’ll be thankful for ...

We’re still fighting for fairness and balance

My office phone has been ringing a lot lately. In past weeks, I’ve seen a trend in the calls from readers taking on an accusatory tone that we, like all mainstream media, must be in cahoots to keep Donald Trump out of office. Amazingly, those two sentences actually appeared as the start of ...

Don’t forget to check out all Medicare options

Medicare open enrollment period is quickly approaching. While most Americans have been so wrapped up in the upcoming election, presidential candidate debates, the coronavirus and everything else that’s affecting all our lives, I thought it might be wise to take a moment to remind you of ...

Don’t give up on voting despite debate debacle

Perhaps after the debacle that was last week’s presidential debate, you might be rethinking whether you even want to vote Nov. 3. I watched the first debate broadcast from Cleveland last week. So if you’re frustrated, I feel your pain. Yes, it was a “presidential” debate, but these ...

18th birthday comes with new responsibilities

Today, I’m the mother of two adult children. Yep, it’s the day my youngest son turns 18. We will celebrate with dinner, and he will be showered with love, plus the usual gifts, cards and cash. At some point very soon, my husband and I will have the same talk with him that we had with ...

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 ...