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Community columnists

Speak up, join fight for equality

From hashtags to courtrooms, from community vigils to professional athletes — it is evident something has made an undisputed mark on our nation’s consciousness — the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM has garnered widespread awareness; yet, many still fail to understand its meaning. ...

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 ...

Black or white, let’s be on the same team

EDITORS NOTE: “From the editor’s desk” column by Brenda J. Linert will return next Sunday. There are no easy answers to racism. But we know from experience that racist attitudes weaken when white and black people have opportunities to be on the same team. When we’re on the same team, ...

Community learning centers offer hope to Valley schools

We’re in a difficult time for public education. Spending at the state level has been cut, and with a slow economy we can expect more funding struggles statewide and locally. At the same time, our students’ academic, emotional and physical needs are greater than ever due to the challenges of ...

Development of electric vehicles in Ohio needs jolt

Our country’s automotive history is deeply rooted in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley. The Packard Motor Co. built its first car, which ran on a single cylinder engine, in 1899 in Warren. Over six decades later, General Motors brought a sprawling industrial complex to Lordstown that churned out more ...

Small changes will make Nov. 3 election much easier

Ohio completed its primary election April 28 in a way no one envisioned, but that was necessitated by the global pandemic. While it’s obvious no one wanted to change how we run elections in Ohio the day before voting was set to occur, the fact that we responded to the pandemic and did so ...

Even in crisis, students must earn their diplomas

A recent Vindicator story, “Seniors get green light to graduate,” reported that Youngstown schools CEO Justin Jennings expects all district seniors to graduate this spring. That comment is both startling and disturbing coming from the leader of a school system that has long struggled to ...

CARES Act preserves cultural soul of America

On March 27, Congress passed the CARES Act, the stimulus relief program to shore up the U.S. economy that has ground to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Tucked within that $2 trillion package is $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities designated to provide ...

New program is lifeline for Ohio’s small businesses

Small Businesses are the backbone of Ohio’s economy, and during this time of crisis many small business owners are feeling the strain of social distancing with many Ohioans having found themselves either sick, out of work, or taking care of a loved one. In this difficult time, it is crucial ...

Ohio makes strides but can do more to help stroke patients

In March 2015, I was at home with my father. Nothing was out of the ordinary when he started showing signs of a stroke. At the time, I didn’t know what was going on, so I called for an ambulance. The paramedics came to the house and confirmed my dad was having a stroke. His speech was ...