I was born in Portsmouth and graduated from Portsmouth High School. I currently live in Columbus and I am shocked to find out that there have been several robberies and home invasions in the area that are not being aggressively pursued by law enforcement or any newspaper or media coverage informing the community of these events.
I know this is true because my mother’s door was kicked in and my brother and nephew woke to guns pointed at their heads by two men. The police were called, a report was filed and my brother was told that detectives might be getting a hold of him sometime.
When will we stop allowing our streets and neighborhoods to be overtaken by those that prey off of positive, productive citizens of our community? When will we take our town back and live for tomorrow instead of living for a high today? I work with troubled youth in Columbus and I would love to one day come home and promote positive change and give young people coping tools as well as tools to deal with anger and decision-making.
The do-good people of Portsmouth are in my opinion way too passive and accepting to southern Ohio drug culture and addiction. Portsmouth has gained notoriety for being the pain pill-abusing capital of America and has had television programs featuring the drug epidemic in southern Ohio. But what good are all of the labels and attention if nothing is done about the problem at the core of all of this? When will we carve out a safe place in southern Ohio for our kids to grow and be all that they can be? My brother is a single father and has had my nephew living with him in Portsmouth, a place where at one time was considered a safe place to live. Now there are no jobs, no aspirations or hope for success from our youth unless they find a way out of Portsmouth. It should not be this way, the world is getting smaller and Portsmouth is drifting further away from reaping the fruit from worldly prosperity and continues to fall deeper into the dark hole of the drug town collapse.