Asheville has been getting a lot of new buildings around town, in such places as UNCA, Asheville High, AB-Tech and the courthouse. Where is the money coming from to fund all these? You guessed it: job cuts. The state is also reducing or cutting much-needed mental-health services across the North Carolina. UNCA cut staff or reshuffled staff positions; AB-Tech wants the Asheville voters to decide if it gets to have new buildings.
When does something work for the people instead of always having to get cut? Cutting things for the budget is not always the best answer. When have new buildings become more important than the people they serve? That is where the cuts need to be made — not on staffing positions, but on new buildings and remodeling. Or has the state not noticed yet that Asheville has a tight economy?
It may look like cutting or reducing is good now, but it will not help long term. We say this is a quality city. Not so if the mountains are only surrounded by new buildings and people have to go elsewhere for jobs that should have stayed put!
— Marci McGowan