[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