Commentary a disgusting, racist rant

Robert Woolley’s commentary (“Profiles in suspicion, ” July 19, Xpress) is a disgusting, racist rant from someone whose worldview is clearly very deeply steeped in white supremacy — a fact of which he seems incomprehensibly oblivious. Woolley seems to have no understanding of the ways the criminal justice system, the police and the prison-industrial complex […]

Availability of specialty spirits is alive and well

In response to Jonathan Ammons’ article “Handcuffed: Local Bartenders Decry ABC Law Restrictions” [July 9, Xpress], the availability of specialty spirits is alive and well. North Carolina’s alcohol control system is indeed conservative. Reforms are slow and deliberate, but many will argue that the system is a good balance of consumption and control. For example, […]

Skateboarding article was riveting

Thank you to Cameron Huntley  for a beautifully written story ["Poetic Mayhem at Thrashville:  The Secret World of WNC Skateboarding," July 9, Xpress].  I didn’t expect that my interest would be held through a long article about skateboarding, but I was riveted. Poetic, lyrical and emotionally gripping, it was a work of art.  I’ll be […]

Profiles in suspicion: A book’s cover does tell you something

I just finished reading your long story on burglary in Asheville (“Home Sweet Target,” July 2 Xpress). What stood out most for me, because of its unexpectedness, was the caution against profiling from Sean Davis, identified in the story as a “community resource officer” for the Asheville Police Department. You quote him as saying, “In no way does race, gender, sexual orientation or religion make an individual suspicious.” This was in the context of advising citizens to be vigilant for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

Yogis Beyond Coal participants formed a message at Pack Square Park on July 12 in Asheville.

Asheville yogis partners with Sierra Club to highlight coal dangers

From the Sierra Club: On Satuday, July 12, local activist group Yogis Beyond Coal joined with Sierra Club to co-host an event in Pack Square Park in Asheville, highlighting community concerns with the local coal-fired power plant. The gathering, called Move for the Movement, sought to underscore that healthy living and clean energy are two sides of […]