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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.

BRYANT YOUNGBLOOD | Overcoming the 'What if?' captivity

BRYANT YOUNGBLOOD | Overcoming the 'What if?' captivity

What we must realize is that life is the sum total of all our experiences, both wins and losses. We are here to experience love just as much as we experience hate, experience failure just as much — or even more — than we do success.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Don’t count me out

KEEPING THE FAITH | Don’t count me out

In today’s society, many find themselves determining their value and self-worth based upon how others perceive them. Seeking to be affirmed by pleasing people will leave you in a state of mind that you'll never be good enough.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Are we ready for jury trials during the pandemic?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Are we ready for jury trials during the pandemic?

A trial by jury is a pillar of American jurisprudence guaranteed by both the U.S. and Ohio constitutions. Unfortunately, that pillar is crumbling under the weight of COVID-19.
The Earnheardts | Will we miss it when it’s gone?

The Earnheardts | Will we miss it when it’s gone?

There are other things we’ve been able to do with the extra time during the pandemic. We’ve binged television shows, spent time in nature, sorted through all the stuff we’ve collected and grown closer to each other. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | How to keep the past from defining your future

KEEPING THE FAITH | How to keep the past from defining your future

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.” While this quote’s author is unknown, there is so much truth contained within it. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What's wrong with the state giving businesses immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What's wrong with the state giving businesses immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits?

There's plenty wrong. If all corporations had this type of blanket immunity, Ford would still be selling exploding Pintos, the pipes in our houses would be insulated with asbestos, women would be using Dalkon Shields and babies would be dying in Simplicity cribs.
LIZ DREIER | Why can’t I get that here?

LIZ DREIER | Why can’t I get that here?

All I wanted to do was make a trellis for my pole beans. It all started that Saturday afternoon when I watched gardening videos on YouTube.com.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Love yourself into destiny

KEEPING THE FAITH | Love yourself into destiny

There was a popular affirming expression in the 1970s that declared, “I know I am somebody because God does not make junk!” There is great truth packed within this simple assertion.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Do broadcasters have to give equal time to politicians?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Do broadcasters have to give equal time to politicians?

Now that we’re heading into the most intense period of a campaign season that will be dominated by personal attacks and mistruths, I thought I’d offer a primer on this aspect of the law. 
The Earnheardts | Looking forward to something

The Earnheardts | Looking forward to something

I’m not someone who has a natural wanderlust, but these long months of being confined to one little part of the world has me thinking about all the places I haven’t seen.