Xpress should be the light that penetrates the darkness

I would like to follow up on Carl Mumpower's Aug. 21 letter, “Let There Be the Light of Day,” regarding Mountain Xpress' investigative reporting in the Aug. 7 story, "Ruffled Feathers.” Carl is often maligned in this community for his conservative stances, but in this instance, I feel that he was right on.

We would like to believe otherwise, but many special-interest groups do not demonstrate much of a concern for the common interests of our community. Instead they pursue selfish interests and the public is left without any advocates.

Mountain Xpress can serve a vital role for Western North Carolina by continuing to do such investigative reporting. Our nation's mainstream establishment media is compromised and not performing this service. We desperately need genuine investigative reporting to shine the light on all governmental activities.

Mountain Xpress is to be congratulated on the "Ruffled Feathers" report. Unfortunately, it arrived, in this instance, after the deeds were done. With community support, Mountain Xpress can and should be the light that penetrates the darkness that Carl Mumpower referred to. Thank you for not flinching from this endeavor.

— Dennis Kabasan
Asheville

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