When HB 695 and SB 353 reach Gov. McCrory’s desk, I expect at least one of them will be met with his signature. But, what he and the numerous party officials controlling all of North Carolina’ state politics fail to admit is that they too have seen a face of abortion, as have you. According to Planned Parenthood, 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
Editor's note: This is the ninth and final installment of Jerry Sternberg's "Life in Seely's Castle" saga. The earlier pieces are available on the Xpress website or at www.gospeljerry.com (which also contains additional photos of the castle and its furnishings). It didn’t take long for my partner and me to figure out that if we […]
On July 11, Asheville City Council held “a special meeting [and] declared its support for Police Chief William Anderson, announcing that an internal investigation had found no evidence that he had engaged in a cover-up related to a March car crash involving his son, as alleged by Lt. William Wilke,” David Forbes reported. Many readers questioned the efficacy of the city administration’s oversight regarding the police chief’s behavior, and wondered what other details came to light in the closed session that preceded the announcement. (Pictured: Police Chief William Anderson. Photo by Max Cooper)
Tell me someone else has noticed that the groundhogs are plotting a takeover. In fact, it may already be underway. Drive onto Interstate 240 West from Riverside Drive any day, anytime, and they're going hog-wild out there! We've all seen them rolling around on the side roads and in the valleys. I've always been pretty […]
Progressive compared to what? Mississippi? Utah? South Carolina? Indiana? And what about Asheville? Where does it fit into the idea (which has been around since the 1950s) that North Carolina is a progressive state? When same-sex couples marched to the Buncombe County Courthouse in January seeking marriage licenses, were they spitting in the wind or […]
It could be the atomic-‘50s glitz, the makeup, suspenders and pencil-thin mustache that make Shannon and the Clams come across like a John Waters-picked power trio. Or maybe it’s the teased-out, big-haired blonde (Shannon Shaw) who wails into oblivion, hitting high notes in fits of fury and excitement. They crackle the speakers, only to be […]
For the May 30 cover story, Xpress reporters David Forbes and Jake Frankel used the East Chestnut Street neighborhood on the cusp of downtown and north Asheville to examine the broader situation of urban density, especially as it relates to housing development. Forbes article, “No Vacancy,” posed a question: “How does a rapidly changing city […]
Editor's note: This is the eighth installment of Jerry Sternberg's "Life in Seely's Castle" saga. The earlier pieces are available at mountainx.com or gospeljerry.com (which also contains additional photos of the castle and its furnishings). Life in the castle ranged from the usual round of raising a family to the periodically bizarre feeling of living […]
Micheal Dowd used to spend his time passing out fundamentalist Christian pamphlets on the street and arguing with anyone who thought the world was more than a few thousand years old. He was directly threatened by the idea of evolution.
As Buncombe native Jason Langberg celebrated the birth of his son, he wrote a letter: “Dearest Everett Lewis… ”
Our little city is on the front lines of a full-blown worldview war — self-interest and sustainability.
We've been working on the sustainability issue for weeks, and I thought I was off the hook. As staff photographer, I get to dodge a lot of big questions. In fact, I consider dodging questions to be part of my job description.
Asheville will have a unique opportunity next year to show the world why our town is special. Will we stand up and seize this chance or let the gift pass us by? Production on Genius, a movie about prodigal son Thomas Wolfe, is slated to start production in 2014. The film is said to be […]
Thomas Wolfe as a significant tourist draw is not so remote a possibility, and has precedent in the Asheville of the 1930s. According to Christian Edwards of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Look Homeward, Angel attracted many visitors eager to see for themselves the “cool sweet magic of starred mountain night, the huge attentiveness of dark, […]
If you wonder why the Republicans now in control are moving so fast to turn government upside down, you should remember that they have been waiting a long time and have a bag full of grievances to settle. Has there ever been anything like it in North Carolina history? Yes, back in 1875.
Local nonprofit Journeyman Asheville hosts its annual Rites of Passage Adventure Weekend this coming Friday-Sunday, April 5-7. Mentor Jon Rousseau shares his perspective on the group and its work.
Serenity Forest. Wildflower. Four Sims Hollow. Seven Falls. These failed developments may not provoke the kind of stark memories that the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Iwo Jima or the Battle of the Bulge did, but they nonetheless extracted their pound of flesh — or, rather, ton of silt — as neglected properties overwhelmed nearby […]
For the first time in my lifetime, a Republican sits in the governor’s mansion, and the GOP-led General Assembly is so red, it’s veto-proof anyway. So what’s next for North Carolina Democrats?
In our March 20 “For Kids, By Kids” issue, the youth speak for themselves. In this collection of essays, Claxton Elementary fifth graders debate whether they should have assigned seats at lunch.
Mention online education around some of my friends and you will get an emotional reaction. Some senior university faculty members teach classes filled with several hundred students and they worry that famous online lecturers could take their places. Others wonder if they can transfer their talents to the online market and, if so, how much compensation they can demand for their extra efforts.
It is ironic that President Barack Obama chose Asheville, both as a vacation spot and as a place for economic speeches of late, given what I have to say. But I don’t wish to speak to those in power, beg them for an audience, change or hope. I’d like to address Asheville’s working people, its poor and the powerless.