A number of interesting topics were posted this week, from the news that a priest at St. Eugene Catholic Church was charged with obstruction in a child-pornography case involving the church’s music minister, to the more upbeat national news item that both Asheville and Roberson high schools made the Newsweek list of the top 1,500 high schools in the nation. And the ongoing discussion of some of the other popular local online forums has turned even more fascinating since the recent split between Asheville Citizen-Times and Topix.com.
Over in the nonlocal news subforum, a discussion about things getting better in the U.S. rapidly turned into a discussion of things that aren’t getting better at all, as well as things that may not actually be as good as they seem. Two somewhat related threads about European politics might prove of interest as well: one about the surprise election of Sweden’s anti-copyright, pro-open-government Pirate Party to the EU Parliament, as well as the overall shift to the right during those same elections. And the discussion of the GM bailout has turned into something of an ideological sparring match over what to do next with the company.
Meanwhile, over in the general discussion forum, the shift in cultural mood during last few months has had forum user richey wondering of there’s some kind of new vibe here in Asheville, and whether or not it’s an “age of Aquarius” thing. Along those same lines, poster martyweil recently posted this thread asking about the MX Boarders’ favorite year of the last decade.
Other noteworthy and active threads this week include: The (PFKaP)‘s thread about starting a new religion (which, with its Jack Daniels sacraments, will no doubt rival Pastafarianism and the Church of the SubGenius any day now); a thread asking for advice on starting a food co-op; and a rebuttal to a recent Asheville Citizen-Times commentary about the future of printed news.
Of course, these topics are just a selection of the hundreds of discussion threads on the Mountain Xpress forums. Don’t see a discussion about that burning topic you’d like to talk about? Why not start your own? All registered members of MountainX.com have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.
— Steve Shanafelt, forums administrator