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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 | The civil justice system helps prevent corporate harm

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | The civil justice system helps prevent corporate harm

Time and time again, large corporations knowingly sell products, use substances or engage in practices that they know are dangerous, even lethal, our legal columnist writes.
The Earnheardts | Lessons from teaching

The Earnheardts | Lessons from teaching

Whether or not you’re a teacher by trade, we're all working toward the same shared goal of regaining normalcy. We're going to learn lessons and be changed, but we can also be alright if we approach it constructively.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Change, like a washing machine, requires agitation

KEEPING THE FAITH | Change, like a washing machine, requires agitation

The sacred writings are replete with profiles of men and women, both named and nameless, who used the gift of agitation to righteously challenge unjust practices.  
COMMUNITY VIEW | A student visa crisis (not) averted points to the need for vigilance

COMMUNITY VIEW | A student visa crisis (not) averted points to the need for vigilance

Three YSU professors discuss fighting for the rights of international students and all immigrants: "A crisis only partially averted proves that when we join together in action, we can protect the most vulnerable and defend our highest ideals."
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can I be fired for staying home because I'm afraid of catching COVID-19?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can I be fired for staying home because I'm afraid of catching COVID-19?

In Ohio, an employer may terminate an employee for any reason unless a contractual relationship exists, the worker is covered by a collective bargaining agreement or the firing violates state or federal laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. 
VALLEY POLITICS | 'ElectricGate' latest in Ohio's history of scandals

VALLEY POLITICS | 'ElectricGate' latest in Ohio's history of scandals

This week's alleged electrically charged heist of $60 million by Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and his cohorts is a record-breaker. It might go down as the biggest Ohio scandal, at least in modern times. 
The Earnheardts | In the nose of the beholder

The Earnheardts | In the nose of the beholder

Adam has notoriously impressive olfaction. Like a canine with its snout in the air, he’ll walk around the house taking rapid-fire sniffs, occasionally holding up clothing, towels, stuffed animals and other paraphernalia to his nose in hopes of isolating problem areas. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | How to embrace kindness as a lifestyle

KEEPING THE FAITH | How to embrace kindness as a lifestyle

The Golden Rule encourages us to treat others with respect, kindness and fairness. It is advanced by the concepts of compassion and empathy.
FROM THE PUBLISHER | Pioneering community-funded news in Youngstown

FROM THE PUBLISHER | Pioneering community-funded news in Youngstown

The Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation has granted $5,000 to Mahoning Matters in support of its Report for America reporting.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can presidents set their convicted friends free?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Can presidents set their convicted friends free?

This week’s edition of “Can he do that?” was spawned by President Trump’s commutation of his long-time friend and advisor Roger Stone’s prison sentence.