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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 | Even when it's hard, love your enemies

KEEPING THE FAITH | Even when it's hard, love your enemies

We are afforded opportunities daily to be gracious and merciful. It is a superpower to be embraced: the ability to treat someone who offended you with compassion; choosing to be kind and forgiving.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Supreme Court rulings prove elections matter

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Supreme Court rulings prove elections matter

The decisions justices make often reflect the juxtaposition between law and politics, especially in the cases of ambiguous or poorly drafted laws. 
The Earnheardts | The concept of time during a pandemic

The Earnheardts | The concept of time during a pandemic

You look on social media and see jokes about the concept of time, about February 2020 lasting for 36 hours and March lasting for 534 days. Funny, but it really felt that way.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Why it is so important to choose love

KEEPING THE FAITH | Why it is so important to choose love

God has always wanted his people to be the redemptive influence in their world, society and relationships. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Supreme Court decisions yield valuable insight

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Supreme Court decisions yield valuable insight

Because the justices discuss and vote on cases in secret, most people have a simplistic view of their decision-making process which, in reality, is extremely complex. 
VALLEY POLITICS | DeWine faces GOP opposition as COVID-19 cases spike

VALLEY POLITICS | DeWine faces GOP opposition as COVID-19 cases spike

The GOP faithful in the smaller counties in the western part of Ohio are very upset with the Republican governor over the way he has addressed the pandemic. And the discontent could get louder.
FROM THE EDITOR | When a year ago seems like yesterday and also a million years ago

FROM THE EDITOR | When a year ago seems like yesterday and also a million years ago

Last June 28, 2019, I learned my newspaper career would be over in 60 days. And I wondered about my media career, frankly. Here are some thoughts a year after The Vindicator's big announcement.
The Earnheardts | We’ve always had a big life

The Earnheardts | We’ve always had a big life

It’s starting to feel like we’re stuck in a rut. What’s the next big challenge? The best we can come up with is searching Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for a secondhand couch.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Benediction is more than just getting the last word

KEEPING THE FAITH | Benediction is more than just getting the last word

We can and should conclude our personal encounters with others with a benediction. Speaking good things into the lives of others is a powerful ministry.
JILLIAN FROMENT | Health insurance options for Ohioans during COVID-19 pandemic

JILLIAN FROMENT | Health insurance options for Ohioans during COVID-19 pandemic

Obtaining insurance can be a stressful and confusing experience, but the Ohio Department of Insurance can help.