Asheville High team seeks support in Solar School Challenge

Asheville and Buncombe County schools are competing in the North Carolina Green Schools’ Solar Schools Challenge, a program that “helps students learn more about energy, about reducing environmental impacts and creates pathways to solar power for our schools.” The winning school earns a 1-kilowatt solar array for its campus. The purpose is greater than winning an electricity-generating […]

An election interpretation: Buncombe County one election ahead of future trend

The remarkable showing of Democratic Party candidates in local and Buncombe County elections, in stark contrast to state and national contests, was surely due in part to greater-than-average voter turnout, but equally important is that local Republicans, led by the likes of Tim Moffitt and Lisa Baldwin, overplayed their hand, their arrogance and posturing turning […]

Cartoonist Randy Molton has been brainwashed

Seeing the Randy Molton cartoon in the latest Mountain Xpress [Oct. 22] reminded me of how thoroughly brainwashed most people still are regarding the subject of man-made global warming. Of course, people who are brainwashed don’t recognize their pet beliefs as brainwashing: They think their beliefs are well-considered positions. Even after 19 years of no warming […]

Asheville area’s litter shows lack of stewardship

I am confounded by the lack of stewardship that derives from Asheville’s collectively environmentally driven consciousness, specifically in regard to litter. Since moving here, I have walked down my road on several occasions to retrieve the detritus left by others only to find it fully replenished within several days. The Interstate 26 corridor stays perpetually […]

Terry Van Duyn demonstrates focus and priorities

In the six short months that Terry Van Duyn has served in the North Carolina Senate, she has clearly demonstrated her focus and priorities. She supports the following: strengthening the educational system, protecting the environment, bolstering the economy, increasing accessibility to health care and housing for the most vulnerable populations and holding the Legislature accountable for […]

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. […]