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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 | Learn the lessons of the blind beggar to rise above distractions

KEEPING THE FAITH | Learn the lessons of the blind beggar to rise above distractions

Stop trying to fit in when God made you outstanding! I am convinced that your haters are simply confused admirers.
ERIC RYAN | 'The economic impact of the arts on Ohio’s economy is staggering'

ERIC RYAN | 'The economic impact of the arts on Ohio’s economy is staggering'

JAC president and Ohio Citizens for the Arts board member looks to the day that "we will be back in full swing generating arts, culture and economic impact for this great community."
Latest message from YSU President Tressel about the campus' future

Latest message from YSU President Tressel about the campus' future

As President, I am taking a 15 percent salary reduction. In addition, over 100 other excluded personnel will be taking a temporary salary reduction between 2 percent and 10 percent based on their salary.  
The Earnheardts | Happy birthdays at home

The Earnheardts | Happy birthdays at home

Some people love planning parties, and for them it’s great, but I nearly lost my mind trying to make gift bags for a Little Mermaid-themed party at the Hubbard pool in 2010. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Do drug-makers have immunity while creating COVID-19 cures?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Do drug-makers have immunity while creating COVID-19 cures?

As we all know, circumstances in a world turned upside down by the deadly virus that has now killed 60,000 in the U.S. are anything but normal. We believe the extraordinary danger posed by COVID-19 warrants extraordinary measures. 
Keeping the Faith | The best sermons are lived, not just preached

Keeping the Faith | The best sermons are lived, not just preached

Like many of the characters within the Bible, our own journey in life contains wisdom to be gleaned.
JIM TRESSEL | YSU is up to the challenges it faces

JIM TRESSEL | YSU is up to the challenges it faces

Painful choices and sacrifices across every area of the university will be needed in the weeks and months ahead, YSU’s president said.
The Earnheardts | Family mourning in a pandemic

The Earnheardts | Family mourning in a pandemic

Saying goodbye to someone you love is hard even in the best of times. Saying goodbye today, in the midst of a pandemic is a mess, especially for those who don’t have a long history of dealing with this type of grief. 
Keeping the Faith | Avoiding the negative when it is tough to be positive

Keeping the Faith | Avoiding the negative when it is tough to be positive

You must resist the immediate assumption that you’re defeated. Bishop Desmond Tutu once reflected, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness” 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Does business interruption coverage mean you're covered?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Does business interruption coverage mean you're covered?

Business owners who have dutifully paid their insurance premiums have begun to file COVID-19-related business interruption claims. Not surprisingly, multibillion dollar insurance companies are refusing to pay.