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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.

KEEPING THE FAITH | Broken crayons still color!

KEEPING THE FAITH | Broken crayons still color!

Often what we see as our biggest regrets, failures and mistakes becomes what God uses the most in our lives. It is our own story that ultimately shapes our testimony. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | How do judges decide who is — and who is not — an expert witness?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | How do judges decide who is — and who is not — an expert witness?

Most people, especially those who have watched one or more of Law and Order’s 47,985 episodes, recognize that expert testimony is important because it often determines the outcome of a case.
AN INCLUSIVE TABLE | History matters: The other side of the story

AN INCLUSIVE TABLE | History matters: The other side of the story

I learned about the wide spectrum of culture, traditions, wars and victories of the world from the tender, yet brutally honest approach of my mother who earned a bachelor’s degree in African-American studies from Youngstown State University.
LIZ DREIER | Who’s living in my pantry?

LIZ DREIER | Who’s living in my pantry?

What's in a name? From Oscar Mayer to Dr. Pepper, to Mrs. Butterworth to Mr. Clean, there are a lot of famous names hanging around the Dreier household.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Could you be next to be asked to join the 'Faith Hall of Fame?'

KEEPING THE FAITH | Could you be next to be asked to join the 'Faith Hall of Fame?'

Despite daunting adversity and haunting opposition they persevered. These keepers of the faith serve as a template to maintain the focus upon the plans God has for our lives. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Has U.S. Supreme Court secrecy led to a 'Shadow Docket' — and why should that matter?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Has U.S. Supreme Court secrecy led to a 'Shadow Docket' — and why should that matter?

As an attorney, a legal scholar and a citizen who believes our judicial system is both the heart and soul of our democracy, I fear what may happen if Americans lose faith in the court.
AN INCLUSIVE TABLE | When meritocracy goes wrong

AN INCLUSIVE TABLE | When meritocracy goes wrong

Just as it would take time to develop and support a young player to compete in the professional football arena, the same approach is necessary for the business arena.
The Earnheardts | Getting (back) in playing shape

The Earnheardts | Getting (back) in playing shape

The Little Leopards football team player weight limit was our pandemic potbelly wake-up call. Oscar and I are both a tad chunky. And we both knew we needed to be in better shape. So we used the “105” goal to our advantage.
KEEPING THE FAITH | How to get into the game

KEEPING THE FAITH | How to get into the game

At times we may feel totally inadequate or unsuited for an assignment. Let me be very honest and transparent: I was horrible in sports as a child. I dreaded it in all forms, especially football. My lack of athletic prowess was evident.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What does it mean to be an attorney?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What does it mean to be an attorney?

Since the day I was born I have been immersed in the law. My father and my uncle were attorneys. They inspired me to attend law school and gave me my first job when I passed the bar.
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