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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.

LIZ DREIER | Guess who’s not coming to dinner

LIZ DREIER | Guess who’s not coming to dinner

This year, it looks as if we’ll be hosting a Zoom Thanksgiving celebration. With some family members working in offices and classrooms and others being in the high-risk category, our family is on board with the idea of staying safe. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | On giving thanks, feasting and fasting this week

KEEPING THE FAITH | On giving thanks, feasting and fasting this week

As we continue to recover from an exhausting election cycle and grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this upcoming holy day season of Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to reflect upon and bless God for His keeping power!
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why don't Trump's election lawsuits match his tweets?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why don't Trump's election lawsuits match his tweets?

I want to explain why President Trump's legal team is saying one thing on TV and Twitter and something completely different in state and federal courtrooms. It’s all about the ethical rules that govern my profession.
The Earnheardts | Dyads and Singletons

The Earnheardts | Dyads and Singletons

There's only one way to make it to the other side of the pandemic, and that is to go through it. Surviving it. There’s no life hack or special trick anyone can use to avoid the journey we’re all on together.
KEEPING THE FAITH | With holidays approaching, let's spread the faith

KEEPING THE FAITH | With holidays approaching, let's spread the faith

As we approach the end of 2020, the pandemic has us re-examining how we should honor and celebrate the holidays. For me, the greeting “Happy Holy Days” has never been about being politically correct. Rather, it is about acknowledging the sacredness of the occasions.
COVID CONCERNS | It’s time to rethink Thanksgiving

COVID CONCERNS | It’s time to rethink Thanksgiving

The idea of social bubbles has given us a false sense of security. And the size of our bubbles has grown as people become fatigued by the sacrifices COVID-19 has forced us to make. The reality though, is that it’s almost impossible to keep most bubbles uncontaminated.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why do I have to purchase auto insurance?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why do I have to purchase auto insurance?

Here is a fact: 12.4 percent of Ohio — an astonishing 1 million people — don’t have insurance. That means there’s a good chance the person who rear-ends you while texting behind the wheel doesn’t have coverage.
FROM THE PUBLISHER | Help support and sustain news that matters

FROM THE PUBLISHER | Help support and sustain news that matters

Your support helps us work to make sense of the important local issues in the Valley, bring you a wide array of voices and perspectives, and build a strong foundation for independent, local journalism.
LIZ DREIER | Walk this way

LIZ DREIER | Walk this way

Research shows that we humans tend to repeat behavior when offered positive reinforcements. It didn’t take the kid long to train his parents to push him around the backyard in his car while he propped his feet up and laughed adorably.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Are you receptive to the 'God Moments' in your life?

KEEPING THE FAITH | Are you receptive to the 'God Moments' in your life?

A God Moment is that personal encounter one may experience where God's purpose, presence and love is revealed. The results of these special moments usually are an awakening that God was interceding on your behalf.