Include prices in food reviews

Conspicuously absent from Jonathan Ammons’ review of Vue 1913 at the Grove Park Inn ["Post-tablecloth dining at Vue 1913," June 18, Xpress] was any mention of prices. By contrast, Gina Smith’s Small Bites feature offered price information for four of the establishments/events mentioned in her articles, as well as pricing information for her article on […]

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 […]

Brent Brown Cartoon

Mountain Hazards

Just because fracking (which is the popular term for hydraulic fracturing [which is the popular term for injecting a poisonous cocktail of high-pressure streams of trade-secret ingredients into the ground] in the quest for harvesting a lucrative crop of natural gas) is a controversial process that has been linked to increased earthquake activity as well […]

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 […]