Dear Jeff… It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since you began publishing the Mountain Xpress. During that period of time, Asheville has changed a great deal and the Mountain Xpress has been a big part of that process. It is really hard to comprehend the changes that have taken place […]
In 1994, the renaissance of downtown Asheville was still in startup mode. Jeff Fobes and his family were recent arrivals to the mountains. Vacant storefronts were plentiful, and no one had to circle the block to find a place to park their vehicle.
People ask me how the Asheville of the ’90s compares to Asheville now. The easiest way for me to explain it is to tell them that, back then, if you were semi-employed (maybe a student or part-time bartender) you lived in a big Victorian house in Montford. Those who were unemployed or in a punk […]
I am writing this letter to bring to light an issue I am sure most parents are not aware of. My child has a history of severe ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and has other issues. When he was in middle school, he was put on a waiting list to be placed in a special program for […]
Reading your great article on the Little Free Libraries ["Asheville's Little Free Libraries Make a Big Community Impact," Aug. 6, Xpress] caused me to feel left out. Though a registered participant in the LFL program, we have only recently been added to the official site online [littlefreelibrary.org]. We have a Little Free Library on the south […]
Guest columnist Jodi Ford introduces Children First/Communities In Schools’ program for Latino youth, MANOS.
In a July 16 letter ["New Mural at Orbit DVD is Offensive," July 16, Xpress], David Lynch criticized public art at Orbit DVD by applying the discerning website knowyourmeme.com. Lynch referenced a sad and offensive Internet meme featuring a sloth (the same creature depicted in Orbit’s mural) and claimed this meme, which advocates violence toward women, […]
It perplexed me to see diversity voted as the third-best reason to live in Asheville ["Best of WNC, Part One," Aug. 6, Xpress]. This is not because I believe it is inaccurate nor that I lack an abiding love for the general weirdness of our city that the word was likely meant to encapsulate when […]
Asheville headlines from 100 years ago
OK, I am really not a prude, and I occasionally have a drink, but I am concerned about the widespread promotion of alcohol in Asheville. Is anyone else? These past two summers I’ve observed way more staggering, vomiting people wandering the downtown sidewalks than ever before. We are producing our own sake, moonshine, wine, hard […]
Referencing Janet Burhoe-Jones’ letter ["Promotion of Roman Polanski Film Appalling," July 30, Xpress] regarding the review of “Venus in Fur”: Is Roman Polanski morally reprehensible? A court thought so. Should film critics take into consideration the moral characters of directors and actors (think Woody Allen) when recommending movies? If so, half the theaters in the country […]
I have never written a letter to the editor. Maybe I have never felt this passionate before, but after attending Moral Monday, I feel compelled to. It’s not that I didn’t agree with what was being said. I absolutely do. The fact that North Carolina legislators need to do more for their citizens is more […]
From what I’ve read over the years about the filmmaker Roman Polanski, I would agree with letter-writer Janet Burhoe-Jones in the Mountain Xpress ["Promotion of Roman Polanski Film Appalling," July 30, Xpress] that Polanski is a sex criminal and an altogether horrible person. I think he fully deserved to spend the rest of his life in […]
It is so mean to put a collar on a wild bear! It is so self-serving to put a bear through human harassment. If people see lots of bears out there, there probably are lots of bears out there. If you don’t see lots of bears out there, probably there are not lots of bears out […]
A DO-NOTHING Congress and a House of Representatives, whose real speaker is a radical right-wing senator, not even a member of the House, have accomplished less and hurt the country more over the past six years than any Congress in history. It’s a fact. [John] Boehner is just a puppet, not a leader in any sense […]
The series of paid informational advertisements by Ingles has taken the store out of advertising and into advocacy. This is dangerous ground for a company because it alienates customers who don’t agree. The nationwide boycott of Hobby Lobby for its stance against parts of the Affordable Care Act is an example of where this can […]