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Community Columnists

Shuba’s gesture so much more than a handshake

Today, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the handshake of Youngstown native George Shuba with Jackie Robinson, a defining moment in civil rights and a consequential addition to Mahoning Valley history. Rookie first basemen Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ minor league ...

Be honest on ballot about judges’ political parties

A bill recently introduced in the Ohio legislature would add political party affiliation to the names of judicial candidates running for the Supreme Court and courts of appeals. In my view, the change makes sense. The more information voters have, the better our elections. The practice of ...

Inclusive care for our veterans is critical to Ohio

I’ve been working with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) since 1994, when I started as a student nurse at the Salt Lake City Health Care System. From there, I rose to the position of association director of clinical operations. Following, I served as director of several medical ...

Oil, gas industry is the Valley’s economic driver

The economic impact of the oil and natural gas industry in Ohio has been immense over the past decade. Whether the result of the thousands of well-paying jobs the industry has generated or the billions of dollars invested in the Mahoning Valley and beyond, the oil and gas industry is a key ...

Minorities impacted disproportionately by virus in Ohio

In late 2019 global health authorities began warning of an outbreak of what appeared to be a new respiratory virus. The virus later became known as the 2019 novel coronavirus, and the illness caused by the virus is COVID-19. The virus rapidly spread across the world, including in Ohio. While ...

Teen stroke survivor calls for change, awareness

I suffered a stroke at the age of 16. It changed my life forever. “Determined,” “smart” and “caring” are just a few words my relatives use to describe me. My twin brother and I lost both our mother and father before we turned 11; however, I found my happy place on the volleyball ...

Especially now, help is needed

According to research conducted by the Ohio United Way, 42 percent of the households in Trumbull County are either living in poverty or are considered the working poor. Even before the pandemic hit, these Trumbull County households were led by workers unable to earn enough to cover basic ...

Convene study of health coverage for all to fight racial disparities

To date, COVID-19 has cost the lives of more than 250,000 Americans. The virus has altered virtually every aspect of our way of life. In its wake, the pandemic places a harsh spotlight on a hard truth: Structural racism in America causes fatal inequities in health-care outcomes. We see this ...

Presidential endorsement: Joe Biden

Editor's note: We invited the chairperson of each Trumbull County major political party to share with our readers their arguments supporting their party's presidential nominee. Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka declined our request. Instead, we have substitued this column ...

Presidential endorsement: Donald Trump

Editor's note: We invited the chairperson of each Trumbull County major political party to share with our readers their arguments supporting their party's presidential nominee. You are facing a procedure of dire consequences with a choice of two surgeons. One, hands-down, is the best in his ...

Ohio’s energy industry primed to drive growth

In 1788, the same year as the ratification of the Constitution, settlers with the Ohio Company made their way into southeastern Ohio. The men and women who first crossed the Appalachian Mountains were pioneers, yes, but they were also the leading innovators of their day. Their skills extended ...

Learn how the Constitution shaped America

Thursday is Constitution Day. Do you know what it took to become America? It’s a simple question; however, with so much controversy in our country today, I wondered how individuals would answer. The bottom line is that America did not happen overnight. There were growing pains. The ...

Your kindness will last decade

In my 13 years as president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, I have repeatedly witnessed the unyielding kindness of the people of Appalachian Ohio. We care deeply about others, and when asked to help, we step forward. Amid the challenges we face today, it is easy to feel ...

Ohio gas, oil essential to economy

It may seem difficult to look beyond pandemic-related economic challenges to spot the opportunity for growth in the Valley. However, as our communities move forward toward recovery, and begin to move past a year of immense, unpredictable challenges, there is something that brings us hope: ...

Liberty story needs nuance and empathy

Last week the Trumbull County Coroner released the autopsy finding that a Liberty Township firefighter and paramedic died of “acute fentynal toxicity.” And, again, the over-wrought story, high on spectacle and short on empathy, has been plastered across Mahoning Valley news. The story ...

Second Harvest receives national recognition

Many people across the Mahoning Valley understand the wonderful work being done by Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest’s staff and 153 member agencies and programs work tirelessly every day in an effort to make food accessible to all people in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana ...

Saving family dairy farms benefits all of us

My day-to-day work with family dairy farmers keeps me in touch with some of the finest people you can imagine. They produce wholesome food and provide social benefits we all enjoy. Family dairy farms are good for rural economies, good for food security and good for the environment. But all of ...

US workers score win with USMCA

Martha Newton, Guest columnist The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is now in force. Completing a long-time objective of President Trump, the USMCA changes the dynamic in trade by bringing manufacturing jobs back to America and leveling the playing field for U.S. workers and businesses. ...

Ohio seeks motivated poll workers for Nov. election

July 4, 1776, America declared its independence from the British monarchy. Nov. 3, 2020, voters across Ohio and the nation will participate in the very self-governing our founders envisioned 244 years ago. That day a bold and courageous idea about justice, equality and human freedom became ...

Who will the public call for help without police?

America’s current conversation on race has many voices and some are not very polite. The match that set this off is the shocking killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a Minneapolis police officer while three other policemen stood by and watched. America watched the video of a man ...