Cowgirl mural is misogynistic

Misogyny is a term of broad, sometimes elusive rudiment. Some attempt to ascribe individual acts to it, when actually its core meaning represents something more symbolic, sociological. The mural portraying a cowgirl on the side of a building at 99 Riverside Drive, north of the River Arts District, is misogynistic because it depicts a woman […]

Wishing the Hamils a fond farewell

Thanks to Robyn Josephs for her acknowledgment, on behalf of the Black Mountain area’s healthy, local foods community, of the long service Elaine (and Harry) Hamil provided to us [“Hamil Made Black Mountain Farmers Market Work,” June 11, Xpress]. Instead of trudging down I-40 to Asheville and long before Ingles decided to compete on the […]

More voices to the BBQ story

Just read the recent article regarding “The Changing Face of North Carolina Barbecue,” June 4, Xpress] It did have some good points, and enjoyed reading the viewpoints of others but, it’s only the points from the “usual” cast of BBQ people in the area that get mentioned. There ARE others in the area besides “the usual […]

Letterpress lives on

When I read the Mountain Xpress article “Power of the Press” [May 14], I thought to myself “what, nothing about Mark Olson?” Then his name came up in Arnold Wengrow’s letter to the editor the following week [“Letterpress Artist Deserves Attention,” May 21, Xpress] . It is somewhat of a puzzle that the 2010 article […]

Can’t trust Turner

Who would trust progressive candidate Brian Turner? What legislator would want to work with him? He is running against Rep. Tim Moffitt for N.C. House District 116 (Buncombe District 3), and he has already made several poor and underhanded decisions. Turner has secretly recorded his so-called “friend,” County Commissioner David King (District 3). Secondly, Turner […]

Privacy should be guaranteed

Photographer Brian Green (“Privacy Not Guaranteed,” May 27, Xpress) doesn’t seem to have a very strong moral compass. Addressing some folks’ concerns that his work — which seems to consist mostly of nonconsensual photographs of people in public, sometimes taken without their knowledge — is exploitative, he basically says he can’t help it, and that […]

Open local tracks

Last weekend I thought I would go for a run at the TC Roberson High School track. When I went there, it was locked with a fence all around the track. I was truly shocked. The public high school track- fields up north where I used to live are all open to the public. There […]

Excited about new radio voice

This mountain town will soon have a new voice on the radio waves: AshevilleFM. Broadcasting as WSFM-LP at 103.3 FM from the roof of the Indigo Hotel, this all-volunteer radio station will feature locally-produced news, music, and community affairs programming, as well as national programs like Democracy Now! The folks at AshevilleFM have been producing […]