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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.

FROM THE EDITOR | Thank you for supporting us this past year

FROM THE EDITOR | Thank you for supporting us this past year

Friday is our one-year anniversary. Our beginnings were humble. Now more than 200,000 local readers visit this site every month, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have earned your time and trust. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | October reminds us to be more kind

KEEPING THE FAITH | October reminds us to be more kind

I would pray this would be our “superpower” to enable us to value and appreciate the worth of every individual and the contributions they offer to make our world better. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS |How does 'stare decicis' impact Supreme Court nominations?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS |How does 'stare decicis' impact Supreme Court nominations?

That term is Latin for “it is what it is.” OK, it’s actually Latin for “to stand by things decided,” and it’s one of the most important doctrines in American jurisprudence. 
LIZ DREIER | Lost In (virtual maker) Space

LIZ DREIER | Lost In (virtual maker) Space

All the mask-making propaganda assured me that even someone with my rudimentary sewing skills could successfully make a mask. The two hours I spent threading the machine would be worth it, I knew. I bandaged my fingers and trudged on.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Learn to stay woke!

KEEPING THE FAITH | Learn to stay woke!

The burdensome joy of preaching the gospel in these current times requires an understanding of the waning attention span of the listeners.
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.