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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.

VALLEY POLITICS | Will DeWine's fortunes continue to rise?

VALLEY POLITICS | Will DeWine's fortunes continue to rise?

A recent poll showed DeWine as one of the most popular governors in the nation. In Ohio, he enjoys an 84 percent approval rating with Republicans; 90 percent with Democrats. Yet, his greatest challenge is the future of Ohio’s budget. 
The Earnheardts | Homeschool is out for summer

The Earnheardts | Homeschool is out for summer

We learned about a month ago that Ohio schools would not reopen for face-to-face learning for the rest of the academic year.  “It’s summer vacation,” Oscar said. “A whole month early.” I wish I could say Adam and I felt as happy about the news, but we did not.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Everyone can make a difference in some way

KEEPING THE FAITH | Everyone can make a difference in some way

It is our task to use the gifts of time, talent and treasury to leave the world a better place. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Will coronavirus litigation flood our courts soon?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Will coronavirus litigation flood our courts soon?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes trial lawyers will ruin businesses across the country with tort cases for those infected with COVID-19. But our legal system already has heavy checks and balances on frivolous litigation.
The Earnheardts | When your puppies named for villains turn antisocial

The Earnheardts | When your puppies named for villains turn antisocial

Raising a puppy is hard work. Raising two puppies at the same time is harder work. Raising two puppies at the same time during a pandemic is insanity. We got the puppies for the children.
KEEPING THE FAITH | How to face the uncertainty of our days

KEEPING THE FAITH | How to face the uncertainty of our days

Having feelings and emotions doesn't make you fragile. It is really OK to admit when you really are not OK! Having emotions and feelings is what makes you human. What have you done for your own spiritual and emotional well-being during this season of transition?
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Georgia case raises questions about Ohio's laws

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Georgia case raises questions about Ohio's laws

The case of Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting has sparked outrage, controversy and questions regarding the law. Here, for instance, to attempt a citizen's arrest for a misdemeanor could ultimately be considered kidnapping.
VALLEY POLITICS | Trump will determine Hagan’s future in the Valley

VALLEY POLITICS | Trump will determine Hagan’s future in the Valley

It is foolhardy to try to read the chicken entrails of an Ohio primary and envision the Trump vote in the Valley in November. However, the 2020 presidential primary suggests some weakening of support for the president.
The Earnheardts | Saluting our other 'kids'

The Earnheardts | Saluting our other 'kids'

We’re college professors. Our other kids are our YSU students, and they’re stuck in a pandemic during their college years. And for many of them, this sucks.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | The difficulties of jury trials in a pandemic

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | The difficulties of jury trials in a pandemic

Placing 12 jurors in existing courtrooms and deliberation areas would violate social distancing orders now in place. How can we protect both the constitutional right to trial by jury and the health of jurors who are doing their civic duty?