“From leaders we expect … leadership”: Citizen-Times blasts city over APD allegations

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

We shouldn’t be writing this editorial, because it’s about a story that shouldn’t be a story.

We shouldn’t feel the need to put it on the front page, something we rarely do.

But as questions regarding an accident involving the chief of Asheville’s Police Department’s son mount, we feel our hand has been forced.


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0 thoughts on ““From leaders we expect … leadership”: Citizen-Times blasts city over APD allegations

  1. Dionysis

    Praise for the Citizen-Times is something rarely deserved, but in this case, it is ironic that a newspaper owned by a rather conservative entity (Gannett) decided to exercise its Fourth Estate responsibilities, while the ostensibly ‘progressive’ MtnXpress is not only silent on this and other legitimate issues (water theft, for example), but seems to shy away from topics other than music, food and art.

    Maybe that is why it has gone from an on-line presence that would typically have many readers and often times over a hundred posted comments on any given topic to one that rarely sees any viewers, and pathetically few who even bother to post a comment anymore.

    It’s actually rather sad.

    • David Forbes

      How silent? We’ve reported on the water issue extensively since the first bills were proposed back in 2011. Just last month, we broke the news about state representatives trying to get the city to settle the water lawsuit, tying it to the recreation authority bill, and talking about imposing district elections.

      During the same month we went in-depth on the city and county budgets, along with behind-the-scenes wranglings between state officials and county commissioners. That’s not even including cover stories looking at MSD or the city’s development fights/affordable housing crunch.

      If you’d like to see things done differently, fine, but under no coherent definition is that shying away.

      However, the C-T does staff editorials. Xpress doesn’t. There are arguments both ways, but that’s a long-standing difference in approach rather than some attempt to quell an issue.

      If there’s an opinion you’d like to see, submit a letter or, better yet, a commentary. We can always use more voices on the editorial page.

  2. Thanks, David.

    Can you point me to the MX article on Asheville’s misappropriation of water funds?

    I’m compiling an archive of great investigative articles from local expert journalists.

  3. Edward Nigma

    Thanks for making this thread about Tim Peck,Tim. he’s so much more interesting than many uninteresting things.

  4. bsummers

    Can you point me to the MX article on Asheville’s misappropriation of water funds?

    That would appear in a publication that promotes fantasy/fiction, like Objectivism.

    Just repeating a falsehood over & over doesn’t make it true. Even Rep. Chuck McGrady has personally urged you to stop spreading this “really bad information”:


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