Letters to the Editor

We thank you Sparkle Market in Lisbon

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the owners and employees of the Sparkle Market in Lisbon for their many years of service to the community.

We at Family Recovery Center have had a long relationship with the store and its management. We thank them for the times they have hired our women to work in the store and give them their first chance of having a real job and becoming responsible members of the community.

Secondly, I personally thank the staff for having a great bakery department and the best donuts in the area as they were unbeatable. I will also miss their hot foods department for having the ability to pick up something great for lunch.

You have served the community well and will be missed. We here at Family Recovery Center wish you all the very best.

Eloise Traina,

Family Recovery Center,


Questions for local Democrats

To the editor:

I ask local Democrats do you want to “re-imagine” our police force, our courts and system of government? Do you want to “defund” our sheriff’s department?

The Democrat Party that you belong to wants to “re-imagine” and “de-fund” the police.

Mr. Gamble you want to be our prosecutor, so do you want prisoners released from jails like your fellow Democrats are doing across our country. Do you want anarchists and arsonists that are assaulting police and rioting across our country bailed out with money paid from Kamlala Harris’s donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund? She’s your party’s choice for vice president so I am left to believe you support her and are

voting for her.

Do you Democrats, Dyce, Bolon, Gamble, Puchajda and Datillio think that all the riots, burning down of business, court houses and police precincts and assaults on law abiding citizens are peaceful protests like your Democrat party say they are? Why should we vote for any Democrat, county or state and let you destroy us like Portland, San Francisco and Seattle’s radical Democrats are destroying them.

Voters don’t think it can’t happen to us. The Chinese Communist Party Virus has now taught us who we vote for locally can leave us without liberty, locked down and wearing a China Mask indefinitely. Democrats it’s China’s fault not President Trump’s. We voters are to believe you don’t believe what your radical party stands for, but yet you are still a member of that party.

Do you Democrats believe like your party does that when I say all lives matter that it’s my white privilege talking and that I am a racist when I am not.

The Democrat Party is tearing down our country from the inside and we can no longer stand for their radical agenda on local, county, state or national levels. I have seen a lot Democrat Gamble campaign signs placed next to Trump signs. What an insult to our great president. Your radical, progressive members, Pelosi, Nadler and Schiff are again talking of impeachment because President Trump is fulfilling his constitutional duty and appointing a justice. People don’t be fooled by the red Gamble signs next to Trump’s he is a Democrat riding on President Trump’s shirt tail, how despicable and he says he hates Trump. Gamble is a Democrat using our President and Democrats have had control of the prosecutor’s office for 42 years. It’s time for change. There are bitter Republicans acting like Hillary Clinton that will not accept the results of a past election.

Gamble’s so-called experience is just the good old boy’s network that includes former judges. Let’s drain the swamp! If you don’t want your prosecutor sitting in a bar divulging private details of your case then, VOTE VITO!! That’s not the kind of experience my family wants in the prosecutor’s office. If local Democrats respond to this by saying I am just a local guy, our response should be: then why are you a member of such a radical party and why should we vote for you?



In support of John Gamble

To the editor:

This is the first time that I’ve ever written such a letter, but I have a few things that need to be stated. First off, my name is Richard Allan Blythe, and I’m from East Liverpool, but have moved out of the area some time ago. No matter how long I’ve been gone or where my travels have taken me, I always try to keep an eye on the happenings in Columbiana County as well as in Ohio, because no matter how far I’m physically away from Ohio, I’m always going to be a Buckeye and more importantly a Penguin.

I must first preface this by stating that John Gamble didn’t ask, nor is he aware that I’m writing this letter. I’m doing so because I feel in my heart that there are some things that need to be shared with all of you about the type of man that I know John Gamble to be, not just what has been reported (incorrectly or inaccurately) by the news/social media. Most of you are only familiar with him due to his role as the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Columbiana County. However, I know the man for much more than that. 

To give a brief overview of how John and I have come to have the close friendship is that John handled his first murder prosecution back in 1991, when he was given the case of Edna Marie Blythe, my mother, who was brutally murdered at the hands of Martin Thompson. John did a masterful job of prosecuting Thompson, and also he kept my family aware of all of the details of the investigation, prosecution, conviction, all the while handling us with nothing but the utmost respect under those circumstances.

Fast forward to around 2010, I asked a friend of mine to put me in contact with John because Thompson was coming up for parole and I wanted to know if the Prosecutor’s Office would provide some type of letter or notification opposing Thompson’s release. So when I contacted Gamble, he indicated that he would do better than that, and that he would attend the hearing with the family to ensure that our message was reinforced and supported. John was not just a one and done, he’s traveled back to Columbus with the family for all subsequent parole hearings and as a result, Thompson has yet to be released.

As initially stated, I’m writing to share with all of you that there is much more to the man than just a suit, tie, and a title. John and I have grown to have a deeply respectful, trustworthy, confident, Christian relationship that extends far beyond his vocation. I know John to be a brutally honest and trustworthy individual who truly cares for his fellow man. He is the type of rare man who has continued to evolve not just in his craft and manhood, but most importantly in his walk with God, which is one of the most important aspects of our relationship.

We’ve had conversations on how his outlook of his job and life have evolved as he’s aged and as his relationship with Christ has grown. I can remember once while I was in Ohio I invited John to play golf. I arrived early and just went ahead and paid for both of us. No big deal I thought. Once we finished John was quick to pull out cash insisting to pay for his round not wanting to accept anything that might’ve appeared inappropriate. He then asked me if I minded if he attended my home church on that Sunday with me and my family, and we worshiped at Sheridan AME in ELO. Also, a few times when John need to get away for a weekend, he’s visited me and we’ve further developed a strong Christian brotherhood that surpasses anything he’s done for my family.

In this current election cycle, we see that not only on the national level but even in local politics, candidates have been misquoted, misrepresented, and even castigated. I’m not a politician or a pundit and it doesn’t really matter if I’m a Democrat or Republican, but what matters is that I know the true character of John Gamble.

A good friend of mine was telling me about some of the tactics that have been employed in this local race against John which has led me to write this letter in total support of John Gamble. I too have been reading the news outlets online and frankly, it’s a shame and I’m saddened that everything including the kitchen sink has been thrown in the direction of John in an effort to derail him from being elected by the people and for the people of Columbiana County.

None of us are without sin and none of us are perfect, and it is not my intent to discount any opponent in the race, but to only express my steadfast support, respect, encouragement, and love for John Gamble in his effort to be elected and to continue to serve all the citizens of Columbiana County. I’m no Bible scholar and I’ve only read it three times, but if my mind serves me right, there is a little passage in the book of John (ironic), Chapter 8:7 that clearly states something along the lines, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.”

In closing, I reiterate my unwavering support for John Gamble in his effort to be elected as the next Prosecuting Attorney for Columbiana County. He is the type of man for all of the citizens who will not succumb to external political pressures, and I know that he will be ultimately led by his faith, which is what more of us might want to consider.

Richard Allan Blythe,

East Liverpool


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