Oct. 12 To the Editor:
I would like to echo the observations of Jane Zills thoughtful and beautifully written letter that appeared on this page on Oct. 11. Jane raised concern about partisan politics showing signs of infiltrating Portsmouths local election. I share her concern.
I met Jane and her husband, Joe Onosko (now a Police Commissioner) in 2015 when we were on the same side of the Webber Goodwin matter advocating for a change in the Police Commission and the top command staff of the Portsmouth Police Department. We collaborated with others and actively sought and supported candidates to oppose two of the sitting police commissioners. Those candidates were elected and a new Police Commission was seated. One by one we witnessed the departure of the top command staff of the Portsmouth Police Department. Our shared objectives were met.
I dont know what political party Jane Zill or Joe Onosko are affiliated with but it very well may not be the same as mine. It didnt matter and that is the point. Portsmouth citizens of like mind work well together to achieve mutually shared objectives. Consider what you want to see for your city and choose candidates who share those objectives whatever their political affiliation. As Jane Zill said, Portsmouth is a shining example of non-partisanship! Lets keep it that way.