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Community Columns

Attention writers: Do you have something you would like to share about the community that matters most to you? Do you have unique skills to share? Is there a topic that you are particularly passionate about?

Mahoning Matters is looking for community columns to share with our readers. We want your takes on everything from getting the kids to school on time to topics like the racial divide in our community. 

Submit 500-word essays for consideration to Mark Sweetwood at mark@mahoningmatters.com. Submissions must include a brief bio and mug shot of the writer. Publication is at the discretion of the editor.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why I'm grieving for the Supreme Court

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why I'm grieving for the Supreme Court

While Justice Ginsburg’s death is distressing, I’m also mourning for the court itself because the institution created by the Founding Fathers to be both an independent check on the legislative and executive branches of government as well as a fierce defender of the rights of the American people no longer exists.
The Earnheardts | Back to school, COVID-style

The Earnheardts | Back to school, COVID-style

Try finding the start and dismissal times for a school on its website and you’ll get lost in a sea of forms and calendars. When you have four kids, you have to wing it sometimes. Maybe guessing at a pickup time isn’t the best parenting move, especially when your guess is off by an hour. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | Facing an enemy called 'Average'

KEEPING THE FAITH | Facing an enemy called 'Average'

"I should never accept anything less than my best," became a guiding principle. Why settle and accept less than what is within your reach? 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | How do so-called 'tort reforms' impact victims of sexual assault?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | How do so-called 'tort reforms' impact victims of sexual assault?

Today, I’m going to attach human faces to the topic by discussing two disturbing cases now at the center of a movement to repeal unwarranted — and unconstitutional —  damage-award caps that are damaging the lives of too many Ohioans.
VALLEY POLITICS | Get ready for a humdinger of an election

VALLEY POLITICS | Get ready for a humdinger of an election

As the old adage goes: If you decide you don’t like where the nation is headed, and you did not vote, don’t bother complaining.
BRYANT YOUNGBLOOD | Overcoming the 'What if?' captivity

BRYANT YOUNGBLOOD | Overcoming the 'What if?' captivity

What we must realize is that life is the sum total of all our experiences, both wins and losses. We are here to experience love just as much as we experience hate, experience failure just as much — or even more — than we do success.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Don’t count me out

KEEPING THE FAITH | Don’t count me out

In today’s society, many find themselves determining their value and self-worth based upon how others perceive them. Seeking to be affirmed by pleasing people will leave you in a state of mind that you'll never be good enough.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Are we ready for jury trials during the pandemic?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Are we ready for jury trials during the pandemic?

A trial by jury is a pillar of American jurisprudence guaranteed by both the U.S. and Ohio constitutions. Unfortunately, that pillar is crumbling under the weight of COVID-19.
The Earnheardts | Will we miss it when it’s gone?

The Earnheardts | Will we miss it when it’s gone?

There are other things we’ve been able to do with the extra time during the pandemic. We’ve binged television shows, spent time in nature, sorted through all the stuff we’ve collected and grown closer to each other. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | How to keep the past from defining your future

KEEPING THE FAITH | How to keep the past from defining your future

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” While this quote’s author is unknown, there is so much truth contained within it.