I went by the mayor’s office in Asheville [recently] to make sure she had read my most recent letter in the Asheville Citizen-Times thanking the city for going ahead with a plan to build a large amount of low-income and affordable housing in different locations in the city, including the new River Arts District development.
Of course, I only got to talk to an assistant, but I did get to pass on my thoughts about this and lobby again for homeless vets getting some of the spaces, especially in the RAD, which could be a large amount of housing.
On the way in, I spoke about this to the security guards and the elevator operator (Asheville City Hall still has an old-school elevator, and someone has a full-time job operating it, which I think is cool) and told them what I told the mayor’s assistant, and they all said they would let her know they thought my letter and idea about putting homeless vets with low-income artists in the RAD project was a good thing.
I may be crazy, but I am good crazy and like a pit bull once I am promoting an idea to help the poor. I don’t stop pushing, and I write letters, which get published in the local papers, which gives me some credibility.
— John Penley