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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 | Does the law support a 'get vaccinated or get fired' policy?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Does the law support a 'get vaccinated or get fired' policy?

A ruling handed down in the Federal District Court for Southern Texas — in what is believed to be the first decision rendered in a case involving a vaccination mandate — proves that my legal skills are as sharp as ever. 
The Earnheardts | Learning to (really) drive. Again

The Earnheardts | Learning to (really) drive. Again

When COVID hit, I found the open road again, reminded of what it’s like to feel free and alive.
KEEPING THE FAITH | This may be a good time to reevaluate our ministries

KEEPING THE FAITH | This may be a good time to reevaluate our ministries

We are so anxious to return to the building and get back to “normal,” but maybe this is an opportunity to reevaluate our ministries, our message and “how we do church.”
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What prevents prosecutors from abusing their power?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What prevents prosecutors from abusing their power?

The old saying that a prosecutor can convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich is basically true. They are funded by taxpayer dollars, work hand-in-hand with the law enforcement officers who investigate crimes and have unlimited access to state-of-the-art forensic science. 
COMMUNITY VIEW | The time to act on Householder’s removal has arrived

COMMUNITY VIEW | The time to act on Householder’s removal has arrived

[Former Ohio House Speaker Larry] Householder’s continued presence in the legislature is both offensive and disturbing.
LIZ DREIER | 'Mr. Dreier: Tear down that wall!'

LIZ DREIER | 'Mr. Dreier: Tear down that wall!'

My sweet patootie approached me on Memorial Day, just as I was all set to enjoy a cool drink on the backyard swing, and announced: “The wall has to come down.” Thinking he was speaking metaphorically, I said, “It’s OK honey, things are fine between us.”
KEEPING THE FAITH | How to reap your own personal harvest

KEEPING THE FAITH | How to reap your own personal harvest

My horticultural experiences have germinated some sermon nuggets as well which I will likely share throughout the summer.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What's the history with the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What's the history with the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule?

I hate the filibuster, the Senate rule that weakens the foundation of our nation and has made West Virginia’s Joe Manchin who received 290,510 votes in his last election every bit as powerful as President Joe Biden who racked up 81,268,924 in his. 
The Earnheardts | The great shake up

The Earnheardts | The great shake up

Because I work at a university, I’m very good at transitory relationships. Students come into and out of my life all the time. It’s my colleagues who are the constant. But at YSU, long-serving faculty and staff are retiring. I can’t help but think that after the pandemic ends, I won’t know anyone anymore.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Celebrating our freedoms and remembering sacrifices

KEEPING THE FAITH | Celebrating our freedoms and remembering sacrifices

As a community, we have the opportunity to gather today at 3 p.m. on the steps of the Mahoning County Courthouse to remember and take action on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and 100 years after the Tulsa Massacre.