Western North Carolina, the Asheville area, is one of the coolest places to live. There are so many beautiful places to see, so many fun things to do and so many cool people in one area. Get yourself a “Friends of the Smokies” license plate, slap an Asheville “Go Local” sticker on your bumper and […]
The Dec. 31 cover story by Jonathan Ammons, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” examined communities in Asheville that lack supermarkets and access to other sources of affordable, nutritious food. The story explored how these neighborhoods, known as food deserts, came to be and how grassroots organizations, like the Ujamaa Freedom Market (made possible due to the Women’s […]
During blissful interludes when life glides by with unexpected ease — when all known demons are grazing on the backside of the hill; and those yet to be encountered are otherwise engrossed, perhaps in video games — it is important to practice self-grounding techniques. I usually head for the West Asheville library to find a book that […]
Watching the video of the death of Eric Garner in New York was disturbing. The decision by the district attorney or grand jury not to indict confuses me. The only good to come of this may be the public debate on arrest procedures and appropriate use of force. I also truly believe those New York […]
Cameron Huntley’s analysis of the local economy, [“It’s All Good, Right?,” Dec. 31, Xpress] was well-organized, very thorough and enlightening. It should serve as a template for all future writing in the Mountain Xpress. Steve Rosenthal Asheville
In response to previous letters on “Ogden: Two Officers Drive False Narrative about Chief of Police.”
Color-habituated cartoonist Randy Molton finds evident self-gratification in his attachment to something over which people have no personal control. Like most progressives, he remains indifferent to other “C” words — choice, character, culture and conditioning — over which we do have great influence. His impetuous priority reveals a big reason we continue to stumble around […]
A new job listing on Asheville Craiglist seeks a “Racoon Trainer” who hopes “to do well while doing good.”
On Christmas evening while my son was at work, his dog escaped from the yard which is enclosed in a wooden and wire fence. The pup found a way out, and somebody shot him. This friendly, lovable dog was found on the edge of my son’s field. It would have been less cruel and painful […]
As a returning veteran and a local born and raised in this community, I am very disappointed in what myself and other veterans face when it is coming to getting hired in our communities. That is especially true for those [who, like me], are also currently serving in the North Carolina National Guard. What fellow […]
Rev. [Keith] Ogden, where have you been for the past two months? [“Ogden: Two Officers Drive False Narrative about Chief of Police,” Dec. 10 Letters to the Editor, Xpress] William Anderson denied that there was a reprimand in Lt. Bill Wilkie’s file, and that was proven untrue. Lt. Mark Byrd advised that the radar equipment […]
If you’ve ever done any writing, or if you’ve read some writing, and if you live in Western North Carolina, there’s a pilgrimage that needs to be had to national historic site Connemara Farms, the home of Carl Sandburg. You go not because of a vague eighth grade memory of a poem he wrote about […]
Guest columnist Jodi Ford explains the significance of CIS’s holiday giving program in the lives of local children from low-income families.
What do you think were the most interesting or important local issues, events and stories that shaped 2014?
The Asheville Chamber of Commerce recently produced a “Christmas Cat” video to promote the city, in hopes that they could catch some of that elusive virulence that cat memes seem to engender on the internet. Some criticism of the video was that it was too “generic” and there was nothing specifically “Asheville” about it. Therefore, […]
OPINION by Sarah Kellogg: This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will finally release the first-ever rule regulating the storage and disposal of coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal. For years, communities and environmental groups across the country have pushed the EPA to finalize the regulations, and now, due to a court ordered mandate, the […]