It's been almost 30 years since I was moved to write another letter to a paper, but the urge to respond to the recent comments by Sen. Jim Forrester was just too much to resist.
I think we have been given a beautiful opportunity here to practice compassion for those less fortunate. One thing I've learned about human nature so far is that there will always be haters and usually it's not you they hate, but themselves.
Many people have suffered traumas in their upbringing that continue to manifest throughout their lives and frequently [they] target those around them. Just remember: When someone lashes out at you, it's not really about you at all. It's just their own demons surfacing.
I do have one issue with the title "Cesspool of Sin," however — it is just so awesome. I mean seriously, a marketing firm couldn't have come up with something that great. Out here in Black Mountain we're just the "Rocking Chair on the Front Porch of Western North Carolina.”
I invite Mr. Forrester to visit our little town to dig into the dark underbelly of sin and see if he can come up with a new slogan for us. Keep up the good work, Asheville. Where can I buy a T-shirt?
— Alan Healy