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Stop knockoffs

| Sunday, May 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Those of us from and in East Liverpool, Ohio, are very concerned about the knockoffs of Homer Laughlin China Co.'s Fiestaware (“West Virginia dinnerware maker sues firms selling Chinese products,” May 7 and TribLIVE.com). The 1960s and '70s Japanese takeover of the pottery business has literally destroyed our entire cities of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Chester and Newell, W.Va. Our community will not allow the Chinese to destroy the last pottery in our area.

We are starting a social media campaign against the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of these knockoffs. Our Facebook pages are “Memories of East Liverpool,” “Plate Turners of the World” and “You Grew Up in East Liverpool.” We encourage all residents of these three cities to write their congressman, senators and media to stop the blatant knockoffs. I have over 30 members of my family in these very poor cities who work at Laughlin, and if Laughlin declines, these cities will literally dry up. The last bank is leaving East Liverpool right now.

We love our city and any help would certainly be appreciated by thousands of Liverpudlians. Thank you.

Raymond Bigelow

Whidbey Island, Wash.

The writer is a 1960 graduate of East Liverpool High School.

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