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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.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Removing officeholders is difficult, but there’s a simple solution

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | Removing officeholders is difficult, but there’s a simple solution

All of the procedures are convoluted, complicated and time-consuming.
LIZ DREIER | By any other name

LIZ DREIER | By any other name

What’s your favorite soda?  Or should I ask, what is your favorite pop? This is the kind of heady stuff we retirees think about in our spare time. Thankfully, the researchers at the Harvard Dialect Survey thought about these things as well.
KEEPING THE FAITH | When the burden of the call isolates you from others

KEEPING THE FAITH | When the burden of the call isolates you from others

I now recognize when He is separating me from the noise and chatter it is so that I may hear Him more clearly. At times, this path can be lonely but understand you are not alone.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What happens when lawyers are accused of filing frivolous lawsuits?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What happens when lawyers are accused of filing frivolous lawsuits?

This week I am going to revisit two subjects I previously addressed in this space: frivolous lawsuits and election fraud. 
The Earnheardts | The Kids Are (Kinda) Alright

The Earnheardts | The Kids Are (Kinda) Alright

This week we’ve turned it over to the young ‘uns to reflect on the last year by providing the following prompt: “What was the bad stuff about living through a global pandemic?”
KEEPING THE FAITH | Caring for children truly 'The Greatest Love of All'

KEEPING THE FAITH | Caring for children truly 'The Greatest Love of All'

Our home has always been blessed by the overwhelming presence of children whom we consider our own by blood and spirit. We believe caring and mentoring children is a calling that has been answered by our families for generations. 
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What big cases will the Supreme Court take up in October?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | What big cases will the Supreme Court take up in October?

The case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization poses the most serious threat to a woman’s right to choose since Roe v Wade was decided 48 years ago.
LIZ DREIER | Fun Facts for the Fourth

LIZ DREIER | Fun Facts for the Fourth

As a former teacher and lifelong history buff, I’d like to share with you some of the lesser-known facts about this holiday.
KEEPING THE FAITH | Worried about the rising costs of living? Trust God!

KEEPING THE FAITH | Worried about the rising costs of living? Trust God!

I can attest whether young or old, God has never forsaken me. I simply trust that as God, He will continue to supply my every need as I submit to His will for my life.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | When did attorneys get the right to advertise?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS | When did attorneys get the right to advertise?

I want to discuss the way marketing in my profession has evolved since 1977, the year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that lawyer advertising was commercial speech entitled to protection under the First and Fourteenth amendments. 
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