Henderson is the only WNC county that takes part in the federal government’s 287(g) program, which enlists local law enforcement personnel to help implement federal immigration law. That participation has become an issue in the race for Henderson County Sheriff.
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Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposes plan to break partisan deadlock
The Asheville chapter of a national environmental group is pushing a plan it believes can win bipartisan support for combating climate change.
Support groups help retired men find new purpose
Retired men are refashioning their lives with the support of other men who share their travails.
Hendersonville mounts strong showing against gun violence
Hendersonville students and residents turned out for the city’s March for Our Lives on March 24, lending their activism to events held elsewhere in Western North Carolina and around the country.
How healthy is a plant-based diet?
As plant-based diets grow in popularity, vegans still field misconceptions on such topics as protein intake, athletic capacity and eating disorders. But what do local nutritionists say about a lifestyle that avoids animal products? In late January, Asheville internist Dr. Carly Brown hosted a public panel alongside Stepfanie Romine, Hendersonville health coach and co-author of The […]
Health care documentary in Flat Rock looks to heal a broken system
Dr. Marsha Fretwell addressed a crowd of 25 in blunt terms Monday in Flat Rock: “We need to get for-profit health insurance out of the marketplace.” Fretwell, a former geriatric physician and a member of Healthcare for All Western North Carolina, crystallized the thesis of the documentary Fix It: Health Care at the Tipping Point, which had […]
VA program supports caregivers
The VA has undergone a paradigm shift in offering support for caregivers of veterans, whether they be family members, friends or neighbors. The caregiver support program takes aim at both the logistical and soulful aspects of the task.
Universal health care touted in Flat Rock
At the Healthcare for All, Y’All event Sunday at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, Joel R. Segal, who as a legislative aide to U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan worked to help pass the Affordable Care Act, offered a surprising take on it: “None of us wanted that bill. The basic idea was […]
Asheville High School hosts community debate about health care
Nine local panelists recently debated a fundamental question about health care: Is it a right or a commodity?
Gerrymander 5K calls out skewed districting
On Nov. 4, the League of Women Voters hosted a 5K in West Asheville to show what meandering redistricting looks like on the ground. Participants, many clad in pussy hats, colorful tutus and rainbow socks, ran and walked along a route that traced the line between the 10th and 11th districts.