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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.

Lessons from the last recession

Lessons from the last recession

While the lessons learned in the 2008 recession sparked reforms and changes to protect those investors and banks on Wall Street, no such reforms were put in place for hourly employees, self-employed people or those in the service industry.
When the right thing and the easiest thing are not the same

When the right thing and the easiest thing are not the same

Publishing a full accounting of the situation involving Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci brings no one pleasure. It's an awkward story about an otherwise solid stand-up person doing something obviously wrong. 
Pausing to remember the great Judge Nathaniel Jones

Pausing to remember the great Judge Nathaniel Jones

“I would like to have my name stir this thought: One need not be perfect in order to be good. I by no means have lived a perfect life. But I have tried to be good," he said in 2016.
Calling all writers of the Mahoning Valley!

Calling all writers of the Mahoning Valley!

To keep up with our team, you are going to need to have some writing/journalism experience, be deadline-oriented and have a phone that you can turn sideways for a picture as needed.
A bridge over troubled notions in Poland

A bridge over troubled notions in Poland

"The simple explanation is that the village chose to work through its attorney to ensure consistency and that we were speaking with one voice when necessary,” village council told Mahoning Matters through its solicitor, Jay Macejko. This brought a smile to this old editor’s grizzled face.
An evening with Sherrod Brown — and James Thurber

An evening with Sherrod Brown — and James Thurber

"Desk 88" was inspired by Brown’s first day on the Senate floor when he got to choose his desk. Inside each desk, predecessors had scrawled their names. 
Thoughts on being apolitical and transparent in a world that is anything but ...

Thoughts on being apolitical and transparent in a world that is anything but ...

Folks are bombarded by gimmicks and politics at every level, from partisans on mainstream cable media to social media to that crazy uncle at Thanksgiving. And they are weary.
Some tricks, treats about media collaboration

Some tricks, treats about media collaboration

To quote the great Jean Shepherd, the author whose collected works formed the basis for "A Christmas Story," that holiday film classic, “They looked at me as if I had lobsters crawling out of my ears.”
We answered some questions in our early days

We answered some questions in our early days

The closing of the GM Lordstown Assembly Complex might have been a case where a story could merely tell you the “what.” We decided to show the "hows" and the "whys." 
Thank you for the feedback ... and about those restaurant inspections

Thank you for the feedback ... and about those restaurant inspections

If we got your attention, made you think, grossed you out, made you angry, made you happy or even made you want to call in a perceived death threat, let's start talking about solutions.