Swannanoa has more

I live in Swannanoa and was tickled to see the recent mention of Black Mountain and Swannanoa as small places you might not know about but might want to check out [“Spotlight on Small Towns,” Oct. 8, Xpress]. Then, I was not surprised to see the ONLY place in Swannanoa that appeared was Native Kitchen. […]

Presnell polishes her wood sense

Unlike some other people I could name, I would like to congratulate State Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, on her “Friend of Forestry” award from the North Carolina Forestry Association, which she recently skipped a candidates’ debate in Marshall to accept. Good for you, Michele! You earned it! Don’t listen to the haters! The emotional ladies […]

Terry Van Duyn diligent, dedicated, passionate and selfless

There’s a terrific, all-volunteer local charity called Children’s Welfare League that promotes the education and welfare of disadvantaged students in the high schools of Asheville and Buncombe County. As a volunteer with CWL, I have worked on several projects with Terry Van Duyn, and she is one of the most diligent, dedicated, passionate, selfless individuals […]

Ayurveda most definitely works

Recently, you had a story about how well Ayurveda works (“Ayurveda Rising: New Program Highlights Local Practice, Art and Training,” Sept. 24, Xpress). It most definitely does. Earlier this year, I ran across information for different vision problems in an inexpensive book of mine, Ancient Healing Secrets (Practical Cures That Work Today) by Dian Dincin Buchman. (Her […]

What about the animals on the Cherokee reservation?

In your article of Sept. 17  (“Simple Solutions: Cherokee’s Garden Kit Program Spurs Community Wellness”), Chief Michell Hicks discussed how the community garden kits benefit the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians tribal members, stating that the Cherokee “suffer from the excesses of modern living” and “are working to overcome poor eating habits, a lack of […]

Asheville or ashtray?

Asheville is a wonderful city. It’s no wonder so many tourists are lured to this beautiful environment. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide us with a plethora of hiking trails, waterfalls and stunning views. We’re surrounded by nature’s gifts. But the exquisite scenery isn’t the only reason Asheville is unique. We have a vibrant music scene, […]

Tate MacQueen is the best choice for the 10th Congressional District

Who will be the best representative for North Carolina’s  10th Congressional District? Someone like Patrick McHenry, who has taken thousands from the fracking and fossil fuel industries and the banking sectors, or Tate MacQueen, who continues to fight against pollution at the CTS site in Asheville? Polls show that most Americans support strengthening Social Security and […]

Letter to voters includes misinformation

While taking hours over the weekend to register 10 voters, I heard on the news that Americans for Prosperity sent out a mailer to hundreds of North Carolinians targeting African-American communities and other Democratic-leaning neighborhoods with false information about voter registration. Among the misinformation in the mailer: two different deadlines for mailing registration applications; instructions […]