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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 ...

Inclusive care 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 and gas industry is Valley 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 ...

COVID-19’s disparate impact 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 ...

Fight racial disparities in health care

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 unfold as ...

Presidential endorsement: Joe Biden

Editor's note: We invited the chairperson of each Mahoning County major political party to share with our readers their arguments supporting their party's presidential nominee. Instead of focusing on Donald Trump’s failures and broken promises, we’ve chosen to focus on why Joe Biden and ...

Presidential endorsement: Donald J. Trump

Editor's note: We invited the chairperson of each Mahoning County major political party to share with our readers their arguments supporting their party's presidential nominee. Born in Youngstown and raised in the Valley. Boardman High and YSU educated, and involved in politics for close to 30 ...

Offshore drilling can help rebuild nation’s parks

Conserving our natural resources has long been tied to and directly supported by oil and gas development in the United States. This may seem counterintuitive to some, but offshore energy development revenues from qualified leases go right back into conservation initiatives throughout the United ...

What it took for America to become 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 ...