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Community columnists

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 ...

Tech helps find time to be a good father

There’s not enough time. Time to work. Time to exercise. Time to reconnect with my wife. Time to think about all the things we’ll never have time to do. Oh, and time to be a good parent. Most of my dad-friends agree there’s never enough time for that. We want to be good dads, but ...

House takes important step to rein drug prices

In December the House of Representative took a critical step to lower prescription drug costs and passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This bipartisan bill offers real relief to the millions of Americans who struggle to afford their needed medications. The bill allows Medicare to use its buying ...

Valley, educators have big future in EV

It is amazing to think that nine months after the last Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at Lordstown, on Christmas Day the Washington Post runs a story exploring the possibility of the Mahoning Valley becoming a hub for electric vehicle technology. I will not go as far as calling this rebirth an ...

Few primaries expected in Mahoning while several anticipated in Trumbull

Wednesday is the filing deadline for the March 17 primary, and it looks like there will only be a few — or possibly no — contested primaries for offices in Mahoning County. It’s a different story in Trumbull County where there should be a number of primaries. As of Thursday, no one ...

Mahoning Valley must shape its future together

For more than 50 years, GM-Lordstown was a pillar of our local economy. Generations of northeast Ohioans devoted their lives to produce award-winning cars and vans, while building GM into the company it is today. For these reasons and so many more, the plant closure shook our community to ...

Time to pause and remember to be thankful

Recently, local Realtor leadership attended the 2019 Nation Association of Realtors convention and sat in on classes and presentations to hear about trends across America and many parts of the world, and walk the floor of the convention trade show listening to hundreds of vendors. It was ...

We must take charge of our future

I have had the honor to experience both the thrill of the process to bring national football championships to YSU and Ohio State and now participating in the academic and economic development of our Valley. These truly are magical times. However, it concerns me that the conversation of the ...