Letter: Don’t give political power to litter and rats

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[In response to Leicester resident Alan Ditmore’s letter, “Slowing Gentrification Via Litter,” April 11, Xpress]: In the past, I worked in the service industry in Asheville barely able to meet my basic needs. So I do get gentrification, Mr. Ditmore.

I have two dear friends, both disabled, who recently were asked to move from their rented home for 15 years due to the callous greed of their landlord selling to profiteering outsiders. So I do get gentrification, Mr. Ditmore.

But, instead of purposefully turning the streets of Asheville to litter and consequently rats, roaches and to possible diseases as a means of protest, why not:
• Demand the “Raleigh Gang” lift the state ban on raising minimum wages.
• Implore the city of Asheville to address the plight of affordable rents and low wages to those at the base of the pyramid who support the privileged at the top.
• Recognize the worth and dignity of all workers and citizens of Asheville.

But please, Mr. Ditmore, let’s not give our political power to litter and to rats. At the unconsciousness rate we are polluting our planet and the threat of nuclear annihilation by our militaristic world leaders, vermin will probably inherit Earth soon enough.

Meanwhile, please, let’s at least keep our local environment clean and free of litter. Thank you.

— Sarah Brownlee


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4 thoughts on “Letter: Don’t give political power to litter and rats

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    roflmao! lol>>> even the leftwing has an aversion to litter, Mr. Ditmore!

    ‘Intelligent people don’t litter…Be Intelligent!’

  2. Mike

    Dittmore has always been a fan of the “Cloward-Piven” approach to “Social Justce” . In order to establish their view of a utopian society the existing society must be destroyed. After the inevitable dystopia occurs, “enlightened” leaders like Dittmore will (allegedly) rebuild society in their own view of what “utopia” is.

    • Big Al

      Funny, the “preppers” on the right believe the same thing, only their dystopia will be created by the devastation of the power grid rather than the welfare state and the “enlightened leaders” will be strict Constitutionalist Capitalists, not Marxist dreamers. Two sides of one coin.

  3. boatrocker

    Vermin sometimes live in swamps too.
    America’s swamp is more powerful than ever.

    But yeah, quit littering to all, though I’m willing to bet if you collected all the litter,
    it wouldn’t come from vegan snacky food bought from over-priced
    stereotypical lefty food chains.

    Ever heard of a ‘trucker bomb’ by the way?
    Privately owned 18 wheeler drivers peeing in a Gatorade bottle and tossing
    it out the window so they can reach their destination quickly and thus make a bonus.
    Yay, capitalism.

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