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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.

COMMUNITY VIEW | Sidewalks line the path to recovery in Youngstown

COMMUNITY VIEW | Sidewalks line the path to recovery in Youngstown

Healthy Community Partnership Mahoning Valley is responding to Mark Sweetwood's April 13 column to promote the importance of sidewalks and walkable streets as priorities for stimulus fund spending.
The Earnheardts | Not so tough

The Earnheardts | Not so tough

Once I realized toughing it out wasn’t working anymore and stopped trying to be strong, I could see something kind of amazing. I realized I wasn’t alone.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Take time to embrace moments and memories that are being created today

KEEPING THE FAITH | Take time to embrace moments and memories that are being created today

Admittedly, this has been the most challenging Keeping the Faith installment to produce as I trudge through my own personal grief and acceptance of mounting losses.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Must I comply if an officer orders me out of my car?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Must I comply if an officer orders me out of my car?

At first glance, the Fourth Amendment, written in the 1780s, would appear to prohibit traffic stops. Like much of our jurisprudence, however, the law surrounding that amendment has evolved over the years.
FROM THE EDITOR | My idea for Youngstown stimulus spending? It may surprise you

FROM THE EDITOR | My idea for Youngstown stimulus spending? It may surprise you

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown has called the $88.6 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus funds a "legacy opportunity" for Youngstown. He's right, and he's right to ask folks to come forward with their ideas.
LIZ DREIER | Make mine a double

LIZ DREIER | Make mine a double

When we heard that there would be a COVID-19 vaccine available early in 2021, my husband and I decided that even with our misgivings, the right thing to do would be to get our shots.  
KEEPING THE FAITH | Anything is paw-sible for Sir Winston

KEEPING THE FAITH | Anything is paw-sible for Sir Winston

This week, the Duke of Macklin Manor takes over the column to tell us why he recently adopted this family and gives us some insight on life with his best friends.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What does the new 'Stand Your Ground' law mean for me?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What does the new 'Stand Your Ground' law mean for me?

In this week’s column, I will compare the new law to the old “Castle Doctrine” that it replaces and offer some sage legal advice Ohioans should consider before pulling the trigger. 
The Earnheardts | Rediscovering Ridiculous(ness) Routines

The Earnheardts | Rediscovering Ridiculous(ness) Routines

Like many ‘80s kids, I often complained about one of the biggest disappointments of my youth: MTV. “What happened to MTV?” we would ask, albeit rhetorically. Today, "Ridiculousness" marathons with Ozzie have become a sort of morning ritual during the pandemic.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Today's celebration of redemption

KEEPING THE FAITH | Today's celebration of redemption

This weekend, roughly one-third of the earth’s population will either celebrate Passover or Resurrection Sunday. Both events are recognized as celebrations of deliverance.