Talk about offending readers. After reading the Movies section, I was appalled that you promote a movie ["Venus in Fur," July23, Xpress] directed by a sex criminal, Roman Polanski. No one should attend the movie Venus in Fur no matter how “great, great” it is or support its nasty director in any way, shape or form. Polanski […]
When I read Joe Stelpflug’s letter ["Beer Tourists, Beware of Gorges State Park," July 16, Xpress], I was not at all surprised by the pompous attitude possessed by the Gorges State Park ranger he encountered on the July Fourth holiday. For some reason, in most instances, law enforcement officers believe that a badge gives them […]
(Robert) Woolley’s article ["Profiles in Suspicion," July 16, Xpress], in which he claims, “A book’s cover does tell you something,” defends racial profiling with the erroneous argument that minorities commit crimes at higher rates. That’s a broad insult to make without any evidence to back it up. I wish Robert were aware of the insidious, […]
OK guys, I get it. I’ve been reading your reviews for a long time now, and I completely understand why you’d like a movie such as Life Itself over a movie such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Not enough substance in the summer blockbuster that is Dawn, too many explosions, and where […]
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 […]
Longtime Xpress commentary writer Jerry Sternberg shares a story about the Langren Hotel and the ironies of “progress.”
Effects of waking at 2 a.m. prompt WLOS meteorologist Julie Winder to call it a day (with chance of rain)
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, […]
I am a disabled autistic adult, and I am writing to protest the use of the phrase “feebleminded” in your recent article about autism ["Profiles: Living Full-circle with Autism Spectrum Disorder," June 25, Xpress]. This phrase is a very derogatory euphemism for a person with intellectual, developmental or cognitive disabilities. It is rooted in eugenics, forced […]
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 […]
I truly enjoyed reading your story about people creating new retail marketing ideas in the area [“Driving Sales: Mobile Businesses Roll Into WNC,” July 9, Xpress]. There is another mobile boutique about to start in this area that I thought would be great to let your readers know about. It is called Hazel Twenty. The Facebook […]
In response to [David Lynch’s July 16] letter [“New Mural at Orbit DVD is Offensive”], we interpret art with our own issues and desires. I look at an orchid, and all I see is a beautiful exotic flower. Many people see a vagina, but I am gay, and I never think of vagina. Take for […]
Guest columnist Jodi Ford explains how one single mother used the services offered by Children First/ CIS to help her family. This article is featured as part of a partnership between the Xpress and Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County.
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.
On the evening of July 4, I parked at the visitor center of Gorges State Park to refill water bottles. A park ranger pulled up behind me, and asked if I had any alcohol. At first I said “no,” but when he persisted, I fessed up to a six-pack of canned Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale […]
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 […]