Watch where you point that pen, Molton

I'll admit to the occasional forced chuckle when I read the weekly “Molton” cartoon. Usually I'm laughing because the artist has attacked a social or political demographic with which I disagree with an awkward, amateurish version of middle school humor. How different it felt when I opened the Jan. 30 Mountain Xpress to find, this […]

Arming Americans won’t make us safer

The Jan. 2 letter by Ray Shamlin, “Is Gun Control the Answer?” misses the point. No, controlling guns (especially semi-automatic and automatic weapons) does not help the mentally ill, but it does remove the means by which they can conduct such severe and sadistic massacres on our children. He reiterates the same old story as […]

Ending gun shows on city property faces legal complications

An assertion by Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell that the city’s ordinance banning firearms on city property should mean an end to gun shows here is unlikely to hinder this weekend’s show at the WNC Agricultural Center. State law restricts localities’ ability to regulate or prohibit gun shows, and city staff are currently looking into the implications of those rules.

Safe and sound

It was a hard, cold spring rain. My husband, Lenny, and I had been walking on the Appalachian Trail since 8 that morning. When we finally got to the shelter as it was getting dark, we saw that someone had hung a tarp to prevent rain from getting in. Inside, an old man was sitting […]