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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.

The Earnheardts |Takeout is survival

The Earnheardts |Takeout is survival

The Earnheardts are a bit of a nightmare, and sometimes a generous tip just isn’t worth it. I imagine servers see us coming and choose straws to decide who will wait on our table.
Keeping the Faith | Coping when our minds are flooded with questions

Keeping the Faith | Coping when our minds are flooded with questions

Oftentimes, when we are in a season of test and trials, our minds are flooded with questions requiring answers. I would imagine the most often asked question is, “Why?”
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What you need to know about seeking unemployment benefits

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What you need to know about seeking unemployment benefits

Between the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 a week for eligible workers plus the state's unemployment compensation, many individuals will receive 100 percent of their normal weekly wage as the emergency continues.
The Earnheardts | No bus In the 'Bus Hole'

The Earnheardts | No bus In the 'Bus Hole'

Being lazy now could result in future therapy sessions where March 2020 is identified as the moment when it all went off the rails. Dreams crushed by unqualified parents who couldn’t explain the difference between a cube and a rectangular prism (fact). 
Keeping the Faith | We must remain in close social — and spiritual — connection

Keeping the Faith | We must remain in close social — and spiritual — connection

I know in this unprecedented season, we need faith more than fear, peace before panic, calmness instead of chaos and, yes, to seek both hope and help. 
The Earnheardts: How we “family” in a pandemic

The Earnheardts: How we “family” in a pandemic

We used to think we’re pretty good at the whole parenting thing. Now we’re forced to face the fact that we may be kind of bad at it. We need to get better at it — and fast.
Lessons from the last recession

Lessons from the last recession

While the lessons learned in the 2008 recession sparked reforms and changes to protect those investors and banks on Wall Street, no such reforms were put in place for hourly employees, self-employed people or those in the service industry.
When the right thing and the easiest thing are not the same

When the right thing and the easiest thing are not the same

Publishing a full accounting of the situation involving Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci brings no one pleasure. It's an awkward story about an otherwise solid stand-up person doing something obviously wrong. 
Pausing to remember the great Judge Nathaniel Jones

Pausing to remember the great Judge Nathaniel Jones

“I would like to have my name stir this thought: One need not be perfect in order to be good. I by no means have lived a perfect life. But I have tried to be good," he said in 2016.
Calling all writers of the Mahoning Valley!

Calling all writers of the Mahoning Valley!

To keep up with our team, you are going to need to have some writing/journalism experience, be deadline-oriented and have a phone that you can turn sideways for a picture as needed.