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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.

KEEPING THE FAITH | Prayers can be conveyed in many ways

KEEPING THE FAITH | Prayers can be conveyed in many ways

It does not have to be a rigid and formal structure. God wants to have an intimate talk with us. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | You have the right to remain silent. Use it!

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | You have the right to remain silent. Use it!

After watching Lenny Briscoe “Mirandize” a couple of thousand criminals, people think they understand what the warning means. Believe me, they do not because this area of the law, like most, is extremely complicated.
The Earnheardts | Celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday

The Earnheardts | Celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday

It wasn’t until Mary Beth and I were back at home that it hit me: I didn’t just have a good time. I was nourished by the celebration. It felt like having a large drink of water after working in the yard all day. It was satisfying to feel alive again.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Feeling overwhelmed? Remember, God knows

KEEPING THE FAITH | Feeling overwhelmed? Remember, God knows

Just knowing that God was keenly mindful of me helped me to embrace the moment. Yet, not only does God know — he also cares.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why did I become a party chairman? My family inspired me

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Why did I become a party chairman? My family inspired me

Like most kids who grew up here, I was introduced to politics and became a Democrat at the kitchen table. My Dad, Joe, and mother, Josephine, whose families emigrated to America from Lebanon, were Roosevelt Democrats. 
LIZ DREIER | Name that town

LIZ DREIER | Name that town

It’s time for the Dreier clan to hit the road again this summer and engage in one of our favorite travel pastimes: watching for unusual place names.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Receiving a lesson in compassion

KEEPING THE FAITH | Receiving a lesson in compassion

We should approach God in a childlike posture that is always willing and ready to learn something new.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | The truth about lie detectors

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | The truth about lie detectors

Knowing that the folks who protect us were hired on the basis of a test that is as reliable as a Ouija board does not exactly make me feel secure.
The Earnheardts | When kids find some good in a pandemic

The Earnheardts | When kids find some good in a pandemic

This week we flipped the script and asked our kids to focus on the good stuff that happened during the pandemic.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Relying on God’s ability and promises

KEEPING THE FAITH | Relying on God’s ability and promises

I am intentional in my appeal because there is nothing too hard for God or beyond His consideration.
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