The issues surrounding Portland City Hall, the Portland City Council, City Manager Jon Jennings and Mayor Ethan Strimling are solely the creation and responsibility of one person: Mr. Strimling.

He uses political office to his own selfish, power-hungry ends. He seems to have no interest in serving the citizens of Portland or working within the boundaries of the City Charter. Strimling’s only apparent interest is himself and what he can get out of whatever political position he has duped voters into placing him.

Live and work within the charter, Mr. Strimling. If you won’t, then quit.

As an aside: Why, on Monday night’s news, did the protesters supporting Strimling hide their faces behind their protest signs outside City Hall? Is there something to be ashamed of?

Richard Townsend

Portland