Sept. 25 — To the Editor:

It was wonderful to see all the support for our own native son, Jim Splaine, a good man, highly respected, a man of integrity. Jim has spent his adult life tending to the interests of the city of Portsmouth and its residents. If any resident or neighborhood went to him for help, Jim would drop everything to give support, guidance and advice. He's the only city councilor I ever remember who visited the neighborhoods after the last election to hear their concerns and issues.

Jim, thank you for your bravery for speaking up against the secret "non-meeting meetings" being held by the City Council. Disturbing. Unscrupulous. Councilors, lay off bullying Jim. He held a mirror up to your faces and you didn't like what you saw. Josh Denton, what's the matter with you? No matter how hard you try, you could never be half the man Jim is. Jim, we all admire you. Keep up the great job you are doing.

Kate Mallen

Portsmouth