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Party chairman reacts to dispute over email

May 5, 2013

LISBON — An email exchange with Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman David Johnson has become a side issue in a larger dispute with the state board he serves on....

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May-10-13 12:18 PM

I believe it's called name recognition. You got the right name your in !!!

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May-10-13 12:11 PM

Agree Eat : Won't happen thou.

Easier to set and *****,

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May-10-13 8:25 AM

A very small group in town think they run Salem.I believe they do.The time for talk is over.citizens need to get off of their butts and get involved in governing.

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May-09-13 9:37 AM

@Questioner - he's certainly showing his true colors then, isn't he? I was all for listening to what he had to say if he truely wanted to revitalize the downtown. But this isn't about downtown Salem, this is all about "look at what ME Scott Cahill has done" Those well meaning city folks who jumped on his wagon better get off as quickly as possible!!

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May-08-13 9:14 AM

The last comment didn't totally copy correctly. The post was by Scott Cahill not addressed to him.

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May-08-13 9:11 AM

Just read a post from yesterday on the Salem Downtown TAC page of Facebook. Made me smile and shake my head:

Scott Cahill I have been beating up on the commenters on Salemnews**** of late. It brightens my day.

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May-08-13 7:33 AM

You can tell those two are friends, as they both enjoy the "if you can't get your way, name call until they give up" defense.

"Friend" and "Sheep" are interchangeable terms when talking about acquaintances of Mr. Johnson

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May-07-13 1:38 PM

Just keep pushing Cahill and he'll quit his rant like he quit his effort to save Salem. At least Dave Johnson keeps pushing despite negative comments for something he feels so strongly for in this community.

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May-07-13 11:46 AM

I still salemresident hit the nail on the head.

The voice of the little or common person goes unheard.Unless we stick together in numbers.

The news and politicians have done an excellent job of keeping those numbers divided.

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May-07-13 11:14 AM

I don't really think it is a waste rightway. I have seen several times that 3 or 4 council members at least frequent the site by comments they have made. So they are hearing what is being said. Hopefully it is making them to stop and think a little at least.

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May-07-13 10:15 AM

salemresident i agree with you. i am only saying that all the comments on places like this mean nothing. mine included. they are a waste of time to be honest. so in that sense, cahill is correct. because on here, we are "voices" are just wasted breath.

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May-07-13 10:03 AM

Well said salemresident: I believe this very problem was very evident in the last election.

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May-07-13 9:47 AM

Rightway, do you not think we don't voice our opinions in public? Do you not think I haven't gone to city council meetings to voice my concerns for Salem? Unless you are of the "chosen few" in Salem our voices mean nothing as Mr Johnson so clearly stated in his return email. This is not something only in Salem though this is a problem US wide. The average person has lost their voice, we have stood down too long but don't know how to fix the problems before us. With no protection anymore for the average man, lets use the now lack of Unions as an example, voicing your opinion in your workplace will get you fired. In Salem I have seen where voicing your opinion will get you ostracized, allowing your business to fail, your home not to sell, the list goes on. Anyone who thinks this doesn't exist is a fool. But yet I do respond loud and clear to my opponents but I learned a while back that in Salem the few rule the mass. So we are left to this forum.

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May-07-13 9:31 AM

We do have the right to be anonymous. But the point is, commenting on here is going to do nothing. It does nothing. Except incite bickering among people. The point is, if people on here are so passionate about certain goings-on in their neighborhood, they could be out there int the real world voicing opinions, instead of this fictional little fairy tale world that is the comment section.

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May-07-13 8:58 AM

Concerned you hit the nail on the head. We have the right to keep our comments private and I do think Mr Cahill loves to have his name out there. Yes he has a long family history in Salem but unless you have been close to what has happened in the recent past you may not have a true understanding of where this city is headed. Mr Johnson has always felt he is above the average man. Most people in power do seem to quickly forget who they are working for and are quick to treat those they consider beneath them as ignorant. Mr Cahill included

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May-07-13 8:09 AM

Hmmm Seems to me that some people sure seem to be bothered by what is said on here for something that they don't care about. Maybe those that don't post their names are more interested in the ideals they are putting forth than seeing their own names in print. Unlike some that seem to think by adding their name to it, it somehow makes what they say more important. Talk about an ego trips.

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May-07-13 7:22 AM

You didn't do a good job of ignoring notsocialist lol

Cahill is right though, no one does care about what a handful of nameless people post on these. Why in the world would they

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May-06-13 6:07 PM

An appeals court will render their decision. So why get all fussed up over it? Now could Mr. Johnson chosen perhaps a better way to disagree perhaps. But from the lady's letter sounds like she has a few issues herself.

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May-06-13 6:03 PM

Wouldn't be nice if we were able to read an article about why the board appealed the court decision, rather than reading all the childish he said this she said that name calling. Maybe there is a good reason for the appeal I doubt Mr Johnson took this upon himself but rather the board as a whole came to this conclusion. One thing is for sure an appeals court

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May-06-13 5:29 PM

Mr. Johnson doesn't seem to worry about big gov, or using tax payer dollars when it benefits him.

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May-06-13 5:18 PM

Mr. Cahill, I'm not sure how open you are to differing views. In the comments about the graffiti art on your buildings, one person said she thought it looked horrible. Your response was to call her a loser, twice, and a fool. That isn't sounding open to differing views. Name calling pretty much cuts off intelligent discussion.

Even in this discussion, you are responding in a fairly extremist manner. How long you've lived here has nothing to do with the issues.

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May-06-13 4:58 PM

Mr. Cahill, if it has been determined that employers were overcharged, refunding is not socialism.

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May-06-13 4:25 PM

You are welcome to hate me, too, because I count David Johnson as a friend. I do not agree with all of his views, but I sure as*****don't agree with all of yours either. The difference is that I am open to discussion with those who hold differing views. I use my name, a proud Salem name, as do the Johnsons. You hide, unwilling to expose yourself to the ridicule that you cast forth to those who are acting to effect change.

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May-06-13 4:14 PM

I hold my own political views. I believe that socialism is not the answer to the ills of our city, state, or country. The constant effort to collect money from the state and federal government to fund business is not sustainable. As I have asserted many times, fiscal viability is what is needed for successful endeavors. I can not speak for anyone, but I imagine that Mr. Johnson, like myself, wishes for a lesser more responsible government, and not for a socialistic society where we each wait at our mail box for our check each month.Margaret Thatcher said " the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money " Perhaps the effort is a responsible effort to minimize government. I do know this, when I put forth significant effort to improve our City many of you assaulted me. You lied about the content of my plans. You created conflict where none had existed and you insulted me and my family.

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May-06-13 4:03 PM

I grew up in Salem. I was born in the Salem Clinic. I went to West Branch High. My father was born in Salem. He went to Salem High School before he left to WWII My grandfather lived in Salem. He died from black lung. He walked home from the foundry to his home on Park Ave. each day. My great grandfather has a grave marked with a bronze star from the civil war in a Salem cemetery. Exactly how many generations are required to be considered to be from this city?

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