Did you always take ads from Mountain Area Pregnancy Services? I had to look them up to see how frightening they are.
I know times are tough and you reached out to your readers for a donation, but I’ll pay you extra to not put ads for their “pregnancy services” in the paper.
I love the Mountain Xpress, just ask Jeff Fobes. As I’ve grown here in Asheville with you, I’ve come to really depend on the news that you print; the ads are always good; and I love the letters. I get to laugh out loud (with others), and I even know to read the movie reviews, though I’m a certified recluse. …
I know they have a right to advertise their very questionable, Bible-based services, but I’m afraid some young, impressionable frightened woman will turn to them and get the stuff scared out of her. She’ll back out, and she’ll regret it for the rest of her life. Not just her life, but her kid’s life, too.
How about a disclaimer above and below it? How about a disclaimer right in the middle of it?
— Kate Mulderig
Editor’s response: Xpress is a grassroots, eclectic community newspaper. Our mission is to build community and strengthen democracy by serving an active, thoughtful readership at the local level. We do this by promoting dialogue, which entails publishing all sorts of perspectives and ideas — including those we might disagree with. That includes advertising, as well. Without a respectful, empathetic — though sometimes contentious — dialogue, we can’t build and maintain our community. We hope that our readers will support this process, even when they encounter content they consider anathema.