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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.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Does business interruption coverage mean you're covered?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Does business interruption coverage mean you're covered?

Business owners who have dutifully paid their insurance premiums have begun to file COVID-19-related business interruption claims. Not surprisingly, multibillion dollar insurance companies are refusing to pay.
The Earnheardts | The kids organize pandemic date nights

The Earnheardts | The kids organize pandemic date nights

They began crafting the perfect evening, although truth be told, I wondered how Adam and I would complete their itinerary in two hours. Let’s just say that bread, a walk, dinner, crafts, stand-up comedy, wine, karaoke and Netflix seemed like an ambitious agenda for a couple in their late-40s. 
Keeping the Faith | Trials are part of  life’s comprehensive exam

Keeping the Faith | Trials are part of life’s comprehensive exam

I have come to recognize that enduring the tests and trials of this life actually can build strength, increase one’s patience and activate the power of faith.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | How do new orders on 'tolling' affect your case?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | How do new orders on 'tolling' affect your case?

The courts have decided that the best interest of the public outweighs a defendant’s right to a speedy trial. For once, and perhaps for the only time in our history, justice delayed will not be justice denied.
The Earnheardts | Gen Xer parents in a pandemic

The Earnheardts | Gen Xer parents in a pandemic

We have advice for the masses. We are the generation that was built to shelter in place. If you learn to live like us, you’ll be OK.
Keeping the Faith | Celebrating liberation and persistence in a season of change

Keeping the Faith | Celebrating liberation and persistence in a season of change

Both events — Passover and the Resurrection — represent transitions at life’s crossroads.
Your Legal Rights | Here are the answers to key employment-related questions

Your Legal Rights | Here are the answers to key employment-related questions

Because of an executive order signed by Gov. Mike DeWine, employees who use sick time to protect themselves from exposure to the virus cannot be fired for “just cause” and are therefore eligible for benefits.
Today we celebrate our six-month anniversary and we're asking for your support

Today we celebrate our six-month anniversary and we're asking for your support

Today, we introduce a new way for our readers to support this ongoing Mahoning Matters mission: You can now contribute to our cause.
The Earnheardts |Takeout is survival

The Earnheardts |Takeout is survival

The Earnheardts are a bit of a nightmare, and sometimes a generous tip just isn’t worth it. I imagine servers see us coming and choose straws to decide who will wait on our table.
Keeping the Faith | Coping when our minds are flooded with questions

Keeping the Faith | Coping when our minds are flooded with questions

Oftentimes, when we are in a season of test and trials, our minds are flooded with questions requiring answers. I would imagine the most often asked question is, “Why?”
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