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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 | Losing our resolve

LIZ DREIER | Losing our resolve

When we were a young couple, we had big plans for each new year in our marriage. We planned children, vacations, home improvement projects and family visits.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Kwanzaa is a celebration of unity and pride

KEEPING THE FAITH | Kwanzaa is a celebration of unity and pride

Kwanzaa can be fully appreciated by other communities similar to St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish and Cinco de Mayo for the Mexican community. I hope you will consider witnessing the beauty of the Kwanzaa public gathering when circumstances allow it again.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS |Is the Supreme Court obligated to hear every case?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS |Is the Supreme Court obligated to hear every case?

I’m devoting this week’s column to a brief primer outlining the ways cases can reach the court and the criteria the justices use to decide which ones will be heard.
The Earnheardts | Our Holiday Newsletter

The Earnheardts | Our Holiday Newsletter

The Earnheardt family semi-annual Christmas tradition is our letter, "Hark! The Herald." A mixture of company newsletter and The Onion-style parody, we wrote the "real" yearly record of our family. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | Faith can unlock the protected pass codes of our hearts

KEEPING THE FAITH | Faith can unlock the protected pass codes of our hearts

Every miracle requires some level or degree of participation of the recipient. Even if it is simply showing up! Do not let anyone thwart your energy. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can a worker be fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can a worker be fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Some people have reacted with surprise and anger when told they can be canned for refusing to be vaccinated. “I’ll sue,” they say emphatically. “Forcing me to have that needle stuck in my arm violates my Constitutional rights!” Well, not so much.
BRYANT YOUNGBLOOD | A message from the absent father

BRYANT YOUNGBLOOD | A message from the absent father

I write these words to the daughter who is still waiting to experience the true love of a father.
KEEPING THE FAITH | The familiar refrains of this season are more impactful this year

KEEPING THE FAITH | The familiar refrains of this season are more impactful this year

It is my hope that you will enjoy and embrace the festive lights of Hanukkah, Advent, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Rejoice for what you have and be thankful for the opportunities you have had in the recent past.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | If I slip and fall because someone didn't shovel, can I sue?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | If I slip and fall because someone didn't shovel, can I sue?

What happens when the law of gravity collides with the law governing personal injury lawsuits? Let's discuss a little-known legal principle known as the “natural accumulation rule.”
The Earnheardts | Steelers Nation unite

The Earnheardts | Steelers Nation unite

Simply put, the Pittsburgh Steelers make me feel all the feelings. They are a way to reconnect with my community and, in doing so, makes me nostalgic for the games of my childhood, a time when I didn’t (and couldn’t) maintain tight control of my emotions.