Community conversations: Asheville loses Beer City crown, but is the spirit still alive?

With Asheville garnering significantly less votes in the annual Beer City USA online poll than it did in 2012, does that mean our hearts are no longer in our pint glasses? Have we lost our Beer City spirit? Or with MLive reporting that Grand Rapids tourism marketers waged a highly organized campaign, maybe it’s more of a reflection on our commerce officials? Whatever the case, local residents shared their thoughts on a variety of online mediums this week, expressing everything from disappointment to good riddance.

That’s real fraud

The plan of Republicans in North Carolina to enact voter-ID laws is pure smokescreen designed to divert our attention from the very real and systematic vote fraud perpetrated by Republicans [“Is Voter ID Worth the Burden,” Feb. 6 Xpress”]. The state's grossly gerrymandered districts — engineered in 2010 by Republicans funded by shadowy state and […]

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Uneasy answers

The Dec. 5 cover story, “No Easy Answers: Lexington Avenue’s Uncertain Future,” which explored the state of affairs on the last, northern block of the street, proved to be aptly titled. Many readers responded. Here are their letters, along with Xpress’ response, links to the original story and a report on the followup meeting with Lexington Avenue retailers. (Photo of North Lexington Avenue by night by Max Cooper)