a href=”“If our government is of the people, for the people and by the people, then why is our government taking from the people? Why is our government constantly trying to stop the people from gathering and sharing information? What does our government wish to cover up? Why was the information that exposed the corruption in our local government silenced?
Who is responsible for arresting innocent people in their overzealous attempt to discredit, undermine and punish? Occupy Asheville wants to educate the public concerning corruption, misuse of power and financial culpability, among other important things for survival in these economic times.
The government TV stations are supported by twice the funds allotted for the people's public access. With Asheville and Buncombe County receiving almost $3 million in video sales tax and Public, Education and Government revenues in 2011, how can we honestly say there was no funding for the people? Buncombe County reported an excess of $300,000 in the General Fund. This is money that should have been honored by contract for public access. This attempt to "charge" for free speech is another attempt by local officials to silence the people.
In our public-access station at Western North Carolina Community Media Center, we the public had a place to assemble in order to communicate with the rest of our community. There were people who had jobs and were starting small businesses at URTV. Let's finally get the truth out. URTV was not mismanaged; seven audits in five years proved that.
We the people want to gather and communicate with each other. If our government does not listen to the people speak then they need to resign the position they were elected to fill. (See some of my videos from Occupy Asheville protests at http://avl.mx/prp0 and http://avl.mx/prp1).
— Lisa Landis
Editor’s note: Xpress could not verify the specific funding figures that Landis cites in her letter. County Manager Wanda Greene told Xpress via email that the “numbers are inaccurate,” although supporters of URTV, a program of the disbanded WNCCMC, continue to dispute such claims. For more about the issue, visit http://avl.mx/9l.