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Guest columnists

Let games begin in Pittsburgh-Cleveland

I’m sleep deprived. And while I enjoy my new job, I try not to work all nighters at it. No, I have been losing sleep over the last two weeks because I love watching the Olympics, and to do so live. The last three Olympics, two winter games and one summer, have been hosted by Northern Asian ...

Mahoning auditor clarifies points on tax values, schools

The Jan. 30 article titled “Challenge to school taxing divides legislators by party” had some omissions and misleading statements. The County Auditors Association of Ohio has issued a memorandum in opposition to the recent amendments to House Bill 126. The CAAO supported an earlier version ...

Razing of historic church follows its role in uniting community

Recently, after a long effort to save the Old Welsh Church on Elm Street, and years after the church fell into dangerous disrepair and ceased being used for religious worship, the Diocese of Youngstown filed paperwork with the city in preparation for razing the building. Naturally, this news ...

Time to make mental health parity a priority

Mental health is health — period. When someone gets the flu, or sprains an ankle, there’s no question about whether care is needed. If that person has health insurance, they can go to their doctor, or nearest urgent care or hospital. It’s often a commonplace, run-of-the-mill experience. ...

College isn’t for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine

As a high school student, deciding what comes next after graduation can be challenging. The natural choice is college for some, but it’s not always the best choice. College enrollment numbers from spring 2021 showed a decline of 3 percent from a year earlier, according to the National ...

Kids, parents need holiday break for mental health

As an elementary school counselor, I believe the holiday break couldn’t come at a better time. We have finished one of the most challenging semesters, thanks to all the issues related to COVID-19. Since the pandemic began in early 2020, school counselors have noted students feeling ...