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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.

AN INCLUSIVE TABLE | How 10 miles can be worlds apart

AN INCLUSIVE TABLE | How 10 miles can be worlds apart

There are vastly different experiences faced by Youngstown’s inner-city residents compared to residents in surrounding townships. We are disconnected by misconceptions, lack of understanding, perspective and socioeconomic status. 
LIZ DREIER | Easy for you to say

LIZ DREIER | Easy for you to say

“You can take the girl out of West Virginia, but you can’t take West Virginia out of the girl.” I no longer say “poosh, boosh, feesh and warsh” instead of “push, bush, fish, and wash.”  But Ohioans and Pennsylvanians aren’t exempt from creative language, either. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | How prayer changes you

KEEPING THE FAITH | How prayer changes you

Too often, people believe God needs perfect situations in order to do His best work. God uses the uncomfortable situations of life as a staging area to do the seemingly impossible.   
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | 'Too many people think their right to be stupid trumps our right to be disease-free'

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | 'Too many people think their right to be stupid trumps our right to be disease-free'

I am writing this column from my basement where I am quarantined because I have COVID-19. I suffered a breakthrough infection after being exposed to one of the tens of millions of Americans exercising their “right” to refuse to be inoculated and/or wear a mask.
MOST REV. DAVID J. BONNAR | Here’s why the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown mandated masks in schools

MOST REV. DAVID J. BONNAR | Here’s why the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown mandated masks in schools

The decision in place is temporary and made in the best interest of our students and teachers so as to have as much as possible a year without disruption.
The Earnheardts | Is COVID-19 our collective midlife crisis?

The Earnheardts | Is COVID-19 our collective midlife crisis?

I’m lucky in some ways. I’m lucky to be surrounded by family, even if it didn’t slow my descent into another midlife crisis. Yes, another. That’s the rub. This, I think, is my second midlife crisis. There’s no real APA or DSM V psychological definition of someone in a midlife crisis.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Despite the violence, don't give up

KEEPING THE FAITH | Despite the violence, don't give up

God never promised us that our life would be easy, but He did say that there is a time and season for everything.
ARP collaboration could transform Valley, impact generations to come

ARP collaboration could transform Valley, impact generations to come

If local government leaders can continue the unprecedented spirit of cooperation demonstrated during a four-hour ARP discussion in June, we can transform the Valley and position ourselves and our children for generations of success. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What's the best way to fight corporate greed?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What's the best way to fight corporate greed?

Ford executives knew the Pinto was a four-wheeled death trap. The company continued to manufacture and sell the deadly vehicles for more than a decade until the cost of settling lawsuits and the attendant negative publicity made the car unprofitable.
LIZ DREIER | More adventures at the beach

LIZ DREIER | More adventures at the beach

I settled down with the baby monitor, listening to my grandson singing and talking to his stuffed animals. All of a sudden there was silence, and I thought he had finally gone to sleep. The next thing I heard was the sound of furniture moving followed by the patter of little bare feet. 
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