Thanks to a couple of Supreme Court rulings earlier in the week, October 10, 2014, was a historic date after which, a same-sex couple could register to get married, but they could no longer register to vote in the November elections.
For some years, my husband and I have been fortunate to own homes in both Sarasota, Fla., where we worked, and a vacation home here in Asheville. After we both retired three years ago, we had to downsize to one home. It was a tough choice, but we both said that Sarasota had lost the one […]
Asheville is a wonderful city. It’s no wonder so many tourists are lured to this beautiful environment. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide us with a plethora of hiking trails, waterfalls and stunning views. We’re surrounded by nature’s gifts. But the exquisite scenery isn’t the only reason Asheville is unique. We have a vibrant music scene, […]
I love our beer. I love our water. Sometimes, I’m the “dd” (designated driver) and would love to enjoy a cold local Asheville beer (nonalcoholic) instead of grabbing a European option. It would be wonderful to have an Asheville brewery make one or all the local brewers chip in to make one together that is available […]
Thanks to the Voter Guide by the Blue Ridge Republican Women’s Club. Being that there is no straight party voting this election, this publication makes it very easy to see who not to vote for. Take this publication with you to the polls and DO NOT VOTE for anyone in this guide. Vote Democrat, and […]
At the 10th annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference, held from Oct. 10th through Oct. 12 on the beautiful grounds of Lake Eden in Black Mountain, 1,100 women gathered to study and celebrate. The conference is a three-day fall immersion, where women from across the country come together to study herbal medicine. Over 45 teachers offered classes in a […]
Who will be the best representative for North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District? Someone like Patrick McHenry, who has taken thousands from the fracking and fossil fuel industries and the banking sectors, or Tate MacQueen, who continues to fight against pollution at the CTS site in Asheville? Polls show that most Americans support strengthening Social Security and […]
Photographer Craig Bohanan shares his favorite of the photo of the week.
My husband and I are many times a house divided in our political opinions. However, we certainly agree on Sen. Terry Van Duyn! Politicians come and go, and some seem to be motivated for the interest of only a select few. As we have come to know Terry Van Duyn over the years, we realize […]
While taking hours over the weekend to register 10 voters, I heard on the news that Americans for Prosperity sent out a mailer to hundreds of North Carolinians targeting African-American communities and other Democratic-leaning neighborhoods with false information about voter registration. Among the misinformation in the mailer: two different deadlines for mailing registration applications; instructions […]
Move to Amend of Buncombe County will sponsor a presentation by David Cobb of the National Move to Amend organization on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Jubilee! on Wall Street. Move to Amend is a national grassroots coalition that works toward overcoming corporate power by calling for a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood […]
Following the hearing about fracking in Cullowhee with over 80 people speaking eloquently against it, the historic people’s climate march attracted over 400,000 people in New York. At least 75 people from Western North Carolina attended that march and a support rally in Pack Square. I rode that bus to New York, and it was thrilling to […]
Voters in North Carolina House District 116 considering whether to vote for Rep. Tim Moffitt or Brian Turner should consider the following facts: During his tenure in office, Moffitt was the sole sponsor of a law that restored the vote on annexation to the people of North Carolina after 53 years of being deprived of […]
Please support affordable housing so that Asheville can be a thriving community. I read that 1,400 new apartments are getting built right now, and almost none of them are affordable to the average worker in Asheville. There are countless talented people here, and we need them to remain here. If there is affordable living, then […]
Tourism board launches new city slogan
Only contraception can save the world or Buncombe County. This means that among things that can’t save Buncombe are bike lanes, solar panels, wind generators, vegetarianism, organic farming, stream bank mitigation, stormwater management or manure management sheds. A big reason most of the above can’t save Buncombe is because they require steel to make, as […]
We’ve built and installed a free little library at the end of Summer Street, off Lakeshore Drive, in Asheville. Our 9-year-old son, Turner, was disappointed to find so few books on his reading level at other free little libraries ["Asheville's Little Free Libraries Make a Big Impact," Aug. 6, Xpress] in Asheville. He felt that […]
Horse Sense of the Carolinas, located in Marshall, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning — used to foster positive emotional, mental, behavioral and social skills of those who may be at risk or have special issues including children dealing with food insecurity or crowded living-situations.