Several of them were voted out by the citizens for not doing the job they were elected to do. They are still trying to get control and disrupt the operation and advancement of the city.
This not only affects the city but the whole general area around it.
Harold Daub made statements about the sewers in Portsmouth not being adequate, blaming James Kalb for this problem. Why didn't Mr. Daub do something with this problem when he was on council? The area where sewers are a problem was never planned to accommodate the development that has taken place.
More than 80 percent of the infrastructure is outdated, much of which was before our lifetime. This should have been done by others through floating of long-term bonds. But there has always been a small, barking group that do not want to pay taxes but want all the benefits for nothing.
I met Mayor Kalb the first time at the Veterans' Ceremony in Tracy Park, the year he moved into that position because the voters were not satisfied with how the city was managed. Mayor Kalb has been elected by the voters since. Kalb said then, and still says, he wants citizens of Portsmouth to work together to make it again the city it was in its prime.
It is the love we both have for this city, that we still believe it is possible many of the people that were born here, or that have come here and fallen in love with it, will demand the few that are complaining and not doing anything positive to stop.
Many cannot understand why I invest my personal money to donate the memorials that I place in the area. I have never taken any donated money to do this. I could place these memorials anyplace in the country. But I love the city I was born in and believe it is worth it. Only a few in the area know how many people visit to see them.
Walter C. Stout Sr.