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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 | Learning to recognize the full worth of a person

KEEPING THE FAITH | Learning to recognize the full worth of a person

A chance meeting with "Old Joe" near Youngstown State University turned out to be a priceless lesson.
The Earnheardts | Learn by doing

The Earnheardts | Learn by doing

There is a certain subset of the population that has to “do” things. I never thought much about this until the pandemic forced me to live in a house with a 7-year-old who can’t stop moving through the house, touching everything that crosses his path. Oz is a doer. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | Finding the strength to maintain hope in these days

KEEPING THE FAITH | Finding the strength to maintain hope in these days

Our own strength is not always enough to get through some of the situations that this life brings. Prayer is the communication gift God gives us to connect with Him.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Do 'speedy trials' make sense during a pandemic?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Do 'speedy trials' make sense during a pandemic?

Like almost every aspect of our lives, the judicial system is being profoundly affected by COVID-19 and the result is a sea change in my legal philosophy.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What are the differences between an originalist and a textualist?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What are the differences between an originalist and a textualist?

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings will begin today. The media and legal scholars will use a number of arcane legal terms to define the nominee, her judicial philosophy and the impact her presence will have on the court. Here's a glossary of terms. 
KEEPING THE FAITH | On seeking a more nonviolent path

KEEPING THE FAITH | On seeking a more nonviolent path

We must put into daily practice behaviors that promote mutual respect. We must be actively engaged in the endeavor and pursuit of peace. These practices serve as a guide to pursue social and interpersonal change. 
FROM THE PUBLISHER | Building a sustainable future for local news in Youngstown

FROM THE PUBLISHER | Building a sustainable future for local news in Youngstown

If we have learned any lesson from the fate of The Vindicator, it is that we have to make Mahoning Matters financially sustainable. Our success depends on the support of readers, businesses and donors.
GUEST VIEW | GM clawbacks make sense, but why the new tax credits?

GUEST VIEW | GM clawbacks make sense, but why the new tax credits?

By Ohio law, tax incentives must be a "major factor" in a company's decision to do business in the state. But Policy Matters Ohio asks why the state tax credit authority awarded General Motors $13.8 million in credits after it had already broke ground on its Lordstown battery cell plant.
The Earnheardts | Eating my way through COVID

The Earnheardts | Eating my way through COVID

Will my pants fit when this is over? It’s the question that has been on my mind since March, maybe not all the time, but definitely on the occasions when I’ve eaten my feelings.
FROM THE EDITOR | Thank you for supporting us this past year

FROM THE EDITOR | Thank you for supporting us this past year

Friday is our one-year anniversary. Our beginnings were humble. Now more than 200,000 local readers visit this site every month, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have earned your time and trust.