Don’t leave out teen poets

Asheville Writers in the Schools serves our community well in providing workshops for young writers. We’ve had many opportunities to work in tandem with Janet Hurley and AWITS and we applaud their efforts. 
We applaud Xpress‘ major coverage of the re-emergence of poetry in Asheville ["Versify," April 9] however we are disappointed that you failed […]

Appreciates David’s letters

Over the years I have appreciated the letters from Stewart and Teri David published in the Mountain Xpress. They have consistently articulated a deep respect and compassion for animals and advocated for a vegan diet that reflects that ethical concern. I was sorry to see publication of a letter in Mountain Xpress attacking Stewart David. He has long […]

Ads should be more sensitive

Did you notice in The Bywater advertisement on page 51 [April 9, Xpress] that the child looks terrified? I was appalled to see the picture of a very young child grabbed by a giant rabbit with sharp teeth. This is wrong on so many levels. Are you aware that April is National Child Abuse Protection […]

Trails are not latrines

Over the last few months, I have observed an unsettling trend of people using the sides of trails as latrines. I, too, am an avid outdoors person and often spend hours in nature mountain biking and hiking and understand it may be necessary to attend to personal needs. But there really is no excuse for […]

More scrutiny of letters needed

I am writing to express my concern about a letter to the editor that was published in the Mountain Xpress on Wednesday, April 2 [”Had Enough of Stewart David’s Letters.”].  The letter was written by Winthrop E. Dow. This letter consisted of a personal attack on Steward David, a citizen of Asheville who has consistently […]

Letter violated respect

We locals are known for our strong opinions but we also have a culture of tolerance.  In fact, respect for others’ differences is what makes our area such a desirable place to live. This respect was violated in the April 2 edition by your publishing a rebuttal letter [“Had Enough of Stewart David’s Letters,” Xpress] […]

Wants park across from basilica

We are very much in favor of a park in this place [Asheville city property along Haywood Road across from the Basilica of St. Lawrence]. It would accentuate the beautiful basilica, and give a strong feeling of a city that cares about its environment, as we would see in Europe. The BB&T building is a […]

Circus is no fun for animals

The circus is making its annual debut in Asheville, and I urge you to think twice before buying your ticket.  Although it looks like clean family fun in the ring, behind the scenes the circus is nothing short of animal abuse.  Elephants, tigers, and bears are wild animals, and the bizarre acts they perform are […]

Don’t glorify killing animals for food

The March 19 Mountain Xpress featured summer camps for kids. One camp, Five Farms, takes kids to five different farms. Teaching children how vegetables are grown is laudable, but last year many of the participating farms raise animals for food. I’m sure campers enjoy getting to know and interact with the goats, chickens and other […]

Tree-pruning standards lacking

Asheville has the distinction of being named Tree City, USA, for the past 33 years. While not every tree in our city grows near a utility power line, many of those we encounter every day in our commutes do. The recent effort of Duke Power to clear utility power line rights-of-way of tree growth is […]

Todd Williams for district attorney

North Carolina native Todd Williams is running for Buncombe County district attorney and deserves our votes on May 6. Williams has nearly 15 years of experience as a defense attorney and has served as an assistant capital defender and assistant public defender for nine years in Buncombe County. Ron Moore has occupied this office for […]

Asheville or Cultural Appropriationville?

I love this city; Asheville, it's great, right? The mountains are beautiful in the background, we have lots of bars and restaurants here, good art and mostly lovely weather. But what else do we have? Hmmm, we have a vibrant and eclectic community, according to word of mouth. But, do we have people who represent […]

Had enough of Stewart David’s letters

Geez-o-pete. Again? Is or is not Stewart David and his cadre of chain letter writers the most published submitters of Letters to the Editor ever? Is David a stakeholder at MX or have something on Jeff Fobes? To me it seems that anything Stewart sends in gets published. I am just sick of being beat […]

Ron Moore is the right choice

On May 6, I will cast my vote for District Attorney Ron Moore in the Democratic primary. Over 20 years ago my husband and I decided to raise our family in Asheville. We were attracted to this safe, progressive community because of the people and the natural beauty. I continue to be awed by every […]

Hi-Fi Cafe nourishes community

Every Tuesday afternoon a group of Asheville Middle School students and I walk a block and a half from the middle school to the Asheville Downtown Market, where we gather on a couple of cozy sofas in a corner of the Hi-Fi Cafe to talk philosophy. Our group of young philosophers, Plato's Cafe, is part […]

Don’t evict Hi-Fi Cafe

I cannot tell you how shocked I was to read about the eviction of Hi-Fi Cafe at the Downtown Market.  There are no businesses of this style in this area.  The quality of this little coffee bar, both the food and the coffee, is exceptional.  I have been a regular customer there for two years […]

Building owners respond to Hi-Fi Cafe concerns

Charlie and Troy Ball provided the following response to reader concerns about Hi-Fi Cafe and their plans for the building they own at 45 S. French Broad Ave.: There have been a lot of questions regarding our plans for the building at 45 S. French Broad. While we are founders and co-owners of Asheville Distilling, […]

Bullying needs to stop

I felt compelled to write a letter to the editor after reading about the horrible incident at Candler Elementary School. A 9-year-old boy, who loves My Little Pony, brought a backpack to school that had a character on [it]. His classmates called him vicious names and teased and tormented him. I won’t get into all […]

Duke can do better on tree trimming

Every four to five years Asplundh Tree Expert Co.,  the tree pruning company hired by Duke Energy, comes to WNC to trim trees back from the power lines.  Duke Energy claims that “maintaining trees and vegetation along their power lines helps to ensure reliability, minimize outages and enhance safety for customers, Duke’s employees and contractors.”  […]

Support Williams for district attorney

The first time I met Todd Williams was in front of the Asheville Brewing Co. on Coxe Avenue about eight years ago. He was on one of his many bike rides through downtown, and we chatted about cycling and beer – two topics near and dear to our hearts. Over the years I've come to […]