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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.

The Earnheardts | Gen Xer parents in a pandemic

The Earnheardts | Gen Xer parents in a pandemic

We have advice for the masses. We are the generation that was built to shelter in place. If you learn to live like us, you’ll be OK.
Keeping the Faith | Celebrating liberation and persistence in a season of change

Keeping the Faith | Celebrating liberation and persistence in a season of change

Both events — Passover and the Resurrection — represent transitions at life’s crossroads.
Your Legal Rights | Here are the answers to key employment-related questions

Your Legal Rights | Here are the answers to key employment-related questions

Because of an executive order signed by Gov. Mike DeWine, employees who use sick time to protect themselves from exposure to the virus cannot be fired for “just cause” and are therefore eligible for benefits.
Today we celebrate our six-month anniversary and we're asking for your support

Today we celebrate our six-month anniversary and we're asking for your support

Today, we introduce a new way for our readers to support this ongoing Mahoning Matters mission: You can now contribute to our cause.
The Earnheardts |Takeout is survival

The Earnheardts |Takeout is survival

The Earnheardts are a bit of a nightmare, and sometimes a generous tip just isn’t worth it. I imagine servers see us coming and choose straws to decide who will wait on our table.
Keeping the Faith | Coping when our minds are flooded with questions

Keeping the Faith | Coping when our minds are flooded with questions

Oftentimes, when we are in a season of test and trials, our minds are flooded with questions requiring answers. I would imagine the most often asked question is, “Why?”
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What you need to know about seeking unemployment benefits

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What you need to know about seeking unemployment benefits

Between the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation of $600 a week for eligible workers plus the state's unemployment compensation, many individuals will receive 100 percent of their normal weekly wage as the emergency continues.
The Earnheardts | No bus In the 'Bus Hole'

The Earnheardts | No bus In the 'Bus Hole'

Being lazy now could result in future therapy sessions where March 2020 is identified as the moment when it all went off the rails. Dreams crushed by unqualified parents who couldn’t explain the difference between a cube and a rectangular prism (fact). 
Keeping the Faith | We must remain in close social — and spiritual — connection

Keeping the Faith | We must remain in close social — and spiritual — connection

I know in this unprecedented season, we need faith more than fear, peace before panic, calmness instead of chaos and, yes, to seek both hope and help. 
The Earnheardts: How we “family” in a pandemic

The Earnheardts: How we “family” in a pandemic

We used to think we’re pretty good at the whole parenting thing. Now we’re forced to face the fact that we may be kind of bad at it. We need to get better at it — and fast.