Letter: No mystery in bypassing City Council

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In a recent article on district elections [“State Legislator Moves to Force Asheville’s Hand on District Elections,” Feb. 28 online post, Xpress], [Asheville City Council member] Julie Mayfield thought it was “funny” that she hadn’t received any calls or emails on the subject after being told by [Sen.] Chuck Edwards that he was still receiving phone calls about it.

People contacted [former Sen. Tom] Apodaca initially, and now Mr. Edwards, because they no longer expect those who destroy their quality of life to have any interest in restoring it. We’ve seen this before during City Council’s forced annexation crusade. And on another stage recently. Any port in a storm.

— D. LaSpada
Arden

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14 thoughts on “Letter: No mystery in bypassing City Council

  1. luther blissett

    “because they no longer expect those who destroy their quality of life to have any interest in restoring it.”

    Oh, please spare us this overdramatic silliness and have the courage to admit that it was a power grab.

    Last time I checked, Arden isn’t in the city limits. Is the letter-writer also tacitly admitting that the campaign to carve up the city into voting districts was led by those in the county?

    • Lulz

      Are you sure? While I’m paying 3 grand for trash pick up, those lucky enough to avoid annexation are paying 20 bucks a month lulz. And that only happened because it took the legislature to stop the greed of Asheville politicians in taking over the area. Lucky them.

      • luther blissett

        “While I’m paying 3 grand for trash pick up”

        No, you’re not. Absurd claims that take half a second to refute tend to stop people believing anything else you say.

        Are you still bemoaning your terrible, awful $300,000+ gain from owning property within a booming city?

        • Lulz

          Booming city? LOL, you’re betting that a bunch of drunks continuing to come here or that no one gets sick from the French Broad. Know any locals that go into that river? Everyone I talk to wouldn’t go near it. What happens when someone gets sick because of a sewage leak into it? I literally smell a lawsuit lulz.

          Too bad your boom only benefits a few and has to be heavily subsidized by residents even though the money is really being concentrated into the hands of a few. I wonder how long that can go on.

          • luther blissett

            “Too bad your boom only benefits a few and has to be heavily subsidized by residents even though the money is really being concentrated into the hands of a few.”

            By “few” do you mean city residents whose property values have more than doubled in the past four years?

  2. bsummers

    “And on another stage recently.”

    Oooh, mysterioso. On what stage did Council destroy people’s quality of life, recently?

    • Lulz

      Phony bond issue. Pushed another tax on the backs of owners without being truthful.

      Promotes downtown and the RAD/greenways above all else. These areas are overrun by millionaires and the residents are basically financing them.

      Is corrupt. No one in their right mind can deny that former councilman and present commissioner Newman had/has conflict of interests in relation to his former solar company during his political tenure. The man became a millionaire while in government. If Bothwell was a republican, his DWI conviction would have ended his career on council. The mayor is employed by a major law firm in town who ironically represents some other high profile names in the area. Former mayor Bellamy is now making over six figures in a worthless government job supported by taxpayers. Local cronies do indeed prove that if you’re part of the clique, you will be taken care of. Newman of all people should welcome an investigation into his dealings while in government but alas, has been able to hide it all because people like the above refuse to push the issue. Democrats as well are all being shown, are the most corrupt people on the planet.

      • bsummers

        Those fiends! Someone has to stop them! Why don’t we make being a Democrat against the law, and then deport them all?

        • Lulz

          No, why don’t we stop the hypocrisy and bring about some real standards that apply to all that seek public office. If you think becoming rich while holding office and not questioning it because the guy is a hard core leftist and it somehow benefits you is a good thing, you’re simply wrong.

          • bsummers

            Please do come forward with any actual evidence that any local elected official is guilty of malfeasance.

  3. Deplorable Infidel

    …if we only could outlaw the most evil enemies of the state, the ‘crackkks, America would be so much better.

    hopefully the $110 MILLION payback bond scam will be exterminated in a court of law soon.

    • bsummers

      I guess I assumed that proposing sarcastically that we outlaw the Democratic Party, well, everyone would understand that that was ridiculous, fascistic, un-American… But Fred “Fisher” Caudle proved me wrong.

      • The Real World

        Barry – and do you feel inclined to support this premise?

        “No, why don’t we stop the hypocrisy and bring about some real standards that apply to all that seek public office.”

        • bsummers

          I feel inclined to support you, or any of the other anonymous accusers, to come forward with actual evidence that any local elected official is guilty of malfeasance.

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