Local news has been a source for all kinds of discussion this week. The news that Asheville is seeking federal money for a city bike fleet has forum users wondering about the practicality of the idea, while the news that cutbacks in school funding might be impacting transportation, which might mean longer walks await students, causes concerns about the priorities of local-government spending. And with Bele Chere’s budget getting slashed, it’s hard not to wonder what the impact on local business will be. Perhaps what the city needs is a catchy new theme song?
Of course, it’s been a very busy week in terms of national news. S.C. Gov. Sanford admitted to an affair, which the MX Boarders hardly found surprising. The news that ex-VP Dick Cheney is starting work on a memoir gave rise to the question of whether it would be fiction or nonfiction. And the release of new Nixon tapes, complete with a fresh dose of racism, made us all feel a little icky.
Ed McMahon’s death asked the question “What was he famous for, exactly?” But the MX Boarders rallied to explain his merits as one of the great underappreciated straight men of TV comedy. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson’s death has created a more nuanced kind of conversation as the forum crew tries to reconcile the pop god of yesteryear with the strange celebrity we’ve come to know in the last decade. And then there’s the discussion of Farrah Fawcett’s death, rounding out the trio.
And finally, an unfounded rumor started in the comments of last week’s Into The Forums created a thread about a new forum admin became a discussion of its own. Which is flattering, I suppose.
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