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Community columnists

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 ...

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: ...

Denying drug-cost assistance hurts patients

In October 2018, I received a bill for $2,326.24 for an MRI. MRIs are a regular test for multiple sclerosis patients like me and my mother to help track the status and any progression of our disease. I thought the bill must have been a mistake. I had a statement from my health insurer ...

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 ...