Speed humps are a joke

I saw recently that the city is revisiting the issue of adding of more speed humps. Granted, traffic speeds along in most areas, particularly neighborhoods, at an unprecedented speed. It’s a shame we don’t post speed limits – oh yeah, we do. But speed humps are a joke. In my experience, and particularly since I […]

Disappoint­ed in DeBruhl

I was very disappointed to hear Miranda DeBruhl, candidate for Buncombe County Commissioner in District 3, criticize the county’s plan to reduce its energy usage [“The Politics of Sustainability,” April 16, Xpress]. The sustainability plan does require an upfront investment of over $800,000, but that investment is estimated to be paid back and save the […]

Yes to park on Haywood

To the town of Asheville, especially the mayor: Here are more citizens who strongly favor NO Building – YES Park on the property on Haywood in front of Basilica of St. Lawrence downtown. Please, please do not make money from builders in the short term, so that we have to live with an increasingly crowded city […]

Don’t leave out teen poets

Asheville Writers in the Schools serves our community well in providing workshops for young writers. We’ve had many opportunities to work in tandem with Janet Hurley and AWITS and we applaud their efforts. 
We applaud Xpress‘ major coverage of the re-emergence of poetry in Asheville [“Versify,” April 9] however we are disappointed that you failed […]

Had enough of Moore

The primary election for Buncombe County and throughout North Carolina is just around the corner. Early voting begins on April 24, and I encourage all citizens to get out and vote. One of the most important races in Buncombe County is the race for district attorney in the Democratic primary. Since there will be no […]

Appreciate­s David’s letters

Over the years I have appreciated the letters from Stewart and Teri David published in the Mountain Xpress. They have consistently articulated a deep respect and compassion for animals and advocated for a vegan diet that reflects that ethical concern. I was sorry to see publication of a letter in Mountain Xpress attacking Stewart David. He has long […]

Letter violated respect

We locals are known for our strong opinions but we also have a culture of tolerance.  In fact, respect for others’ differences is what makes our area such a desirable place to live. This respect was violated in the April 2 edition by your publishing a rebuttal letter [“Had Enough of Stewart David’s Letters,” Xpress] […]

Don’t glorify killing animals for food

The March 19 Mountain Xpress featured summer camps for kids. One camp, Five Farms, takes kids to five different farms. Teaching children how vegetables are grown is laudable, but last year many of the participating farms raise animals for food. I’m sure campers enjoy getting to know and interact with the goats, chickens and other […]

Tree-pruning standards lacking

Asheville has the distinction of being named Tree City, USA, for the past 33 years. While not every tree in our city grows near a utility power line, many of those we encounter every day in our commutes do. The recent effort of Duke Power to clear utility power line rights-of-way of tree growth is […]

Asheville or Cultural Appropriat­ionville?

I love this city; Asheville, it’s great, right? The mountains are beautiful in the background, we have lots of bars and restaurants here, good art and mostly lovely weather. But what else do we have? Hmmm, we have a vibrant and eclectic community, according to word of mouth. But, do we have people who represent […]

Had enough of Stewart David’s letters

Geez-o-pete. Again? Is or is not Stewart David and his cadre of chain letter writers the most published submitters of Letters to the Editor ever? Is David a stakeholder at MX or have something on Jeff Fobes? To me it seems that anything Stewart sends in gets published. I am just sick of being beat […]