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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 | What God’s promise of protection really means

KEEPING THE FAITH | What God’s promise of protection really means

God does not promise to keep you from all physical harm. There are occasions when He compassionately protects us from situations where we would experience injury or loss.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | The five impediments to holding cops accountable

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | The five impediments to holding cops accountable

Why won’t the people we elect rein in bad cops? The answer is simple: They don’t have to because the judicial doctrine of qualified immunity shields government officials.
VALLEY POLITICS | Is Universal Basic Income the next New Deal?

VALLEY POLITICS | Is Universal Basic Income the next New Deal?

Andrew Yang's idea is unique in the history of American public policy. Everyone over 18 receives $1,000 a month, every month. It's like the first CARES Act, only on a permanent basis.
AL CUTRONA | 'It's very important for me to hear from my constituents'

AL CUTRONA | 'It's very important for me to hear from my constituents'

The newly sworn-in 59th district state representative encourages you to email him at Rep59@ohiohouse.gov, or call him at 614-466-6107.
The Earnheardts | Our kids’ summer staycation

The Earnheardts | Our kids’ summer staycation

All the children were shocked this Christmas when Adam and I made the risky purchase from Sadie’s wishlist: a zipline. Instead of something safe like a stuffed animal or board game, we purchased a 90-foot death-on-a-wire (pretty sure that’s not the name, but it should be).
KEEPING THE FAITH | Seeking ways to meet the 'fierce urgency of now'

KEEPING THE FAITH | Seeking ways to meet the 'fierce urgency of now'

We must be honest: In 2020, America still grapples with the sin of racism. We must partner, as a people, to be allies while aggressively working to stem the contagion of racism that continues to plague our nation. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What First Amendment rights do protesters have?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What First Amendment rights do protesters have?

The protests are driving a much-needed and long-overdue national conversation on policing, race and inequality that has the potential to spur significant change and strengthen our nation and our democracy.
The Earnheardts | Family observations from the pandemic

The Earnheardts | Family observations from the pandemic

Like Jane Goodall observed the chimpanzees in an attempt to gain insights about the way they lived, I began to observe Earnheardts in a way I had not previously. I was looking for pandemic-specific behaviors.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Thoughts on 'the Church deployed'

KEEPING THE FAITH | Thoughts on 'the Church deployed'

We must not limit God or His Church to the confines of a building or structure; rather we should carry the teachings within our hearts to act in a very public way.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can a business force me to wear a mask?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can a business force me to wear a mask?

The short answer is that the decision is being left to those who run the operation. We're all familiar with “No Shirt. No Shoes. No Service.” It is well established that a restaurant can refuse you service if you cannot meet this policy.