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I am a disabled autistic adult, and I am writing to protest the use of the phrase “feebleminded” in your recent article about autism ["Profiles: Living Full-circle with Autism Spectrum Disorder," June 25, Xpress]. This phrase is a very derogatory euphemism for a person with intellectual, developmental or cognitive disabilities. It is rooted in eugenics, forced […]
Thank you to Cameron Huntley for a beautifully written story ["Poetic Mayhem at Thrashville: The Secret World of WNC Skateboarding," July 9, Xpress]. I didn’t expect that my interest would be held through a long article about skateboarding, but I was riveted. Poetic, lyrical and emotionally gripping, it was a work of art. I’ll be […]
I truly enjoyed reading your story about people creating new retail marketing ideas in the area [“Driving Sales: Mobile Businesses Roll Into WNC,” July 9, Xpress]. There is another mobile boutique about to start in this area that I thought would be great to let your readers know about. It is called Hazel Twenty. The Facebook […]
In response to [David Lynch’s July 16] letter [“New Mural at Orbit DVD is Offensive”], we interpret art with our own issues and desires. I look at an orchid, and all I see is a beautiful exotic flower. Many people see a vagina, but I am gay, and I never think of vagina. Take for […]
Guest columnist Jodi Ford explains how one single mother used the services offered by Children First/ CIS to help her family. This article is featured as part of a partnership between the Xpress and Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County.
I just finished reading your long story on burglary in Asheville (“Home Sweet Target,” July 2 Xpress). What stood out most for me, because of its unexpectedness, was the caution against profiling from Sean Davis, identified in the story as a “community resource officer” for the Asheville Police Department. You quote him as saying, “In no way does race, gender, sexual orientation or religion make an individual suspicious.” This was in the context of advising citizens to be vigilant for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
On the evening of July 4, I parked at the visitor center of Gorges State Park to refill water bottles. A park ranger pulled up behind me, and asked if I had any alcohol. At first I said “no,” but when he persisted, I fessed up to a six-pack of canned Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale […]
From the Sierra Club: On Satuday, July 12, local activist group Yogis Beyond Coal joined with Sierra Club to co-host an event in Pack Square Park in Asheville, highlighting community concerns with the local coal-fired power plant. The gathering, called Move for the Movement, sought to underscore that healthy living and clean energy are two sides of […]
I enjoy all the new murals being created around our city. But I take offense to a new mural on the side of Orbit DVD at 781 Haywood Road in West Asheville. The mural features a young woman on all fours in a suggestive pose. Next to her is a three-toed sloth on top of […]
Residents of North Asheville will notice the absence of the white oak at 189 Kimberly Ave. Broken in a storm two years ago, it was bolted in five places and cabled in two in an effort to keep it upright. Subsequent testing showed the tree to be hollow in the bottom one-third of the trunk. […]
Thank you so much for your article on Autism ["Living Full-Circle with Autism Spectrum Disorder,"June 25, Xpress]. As a mother of a teenager on the spectrum, it is wonderful for a positive article on Autism. North Carolina is one of the best states for Autism help. But one thing is needed to make this the […]
There is a bill currently in the NC House of Representatives to put the issue of Medical Marijuana on the November ballot. H1161 currently languishes in the Judiciary Committee under the control of Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston). The much-maligned marijuana plant’s use for alleviating suffering is well enough documented that 23 states have legalized its […]
Thank you Mountain Xpress for printing the satire on an increasingly silly social issue. I am referring, of course, to Michael Beal’s letter about the misogynistic cowgirl mural at 99 Riverside Drive. ["Cowgirl is Misogynistic," June 25, Xpress]. Hilarious! The mural referenced depicts a woman dressed in a sailor suit and climbing upon a ship’s […]
I would like to make a few points concerning a reader’s letter on the cowgirl mural at 99 riverside ["Cowgirl is Misogynistic," June 25, Xpress]. Although he makes some valid points as to the commercialized sexploitation of women, I hardly think the cowgirl mural is the poster child of female objectification. Take it for what […]