Letter writer: Haynes is passionate about progressive principles

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Asheville is at a tipping point. Do we want to become Aspen of the East, a city whose main focus is to cater to the affluent, or are we more interested in preserving what put Asheville on the map to begin with?

And what put Asheville on the map to begin with?

I’d posit Asheville’s creative class and the natural environment have been the two main driving forces behind Asheville’s ascent. A creative class made up of people like Brian Haynes, a candidate passionate about bringing progressive principles to City Council. Progressive principles that will preserve the natural environment.

Additionally, working with Habitat for Humanity for the past decade-plus, Brian has directly contributed to bringing over 100 affordable housing opportunities to Asheville.

Given that affordable housing and environmental protection are two of the greatest challenges our city faces, Brian is more than deserving of one of my three votes for City Council. I sincerely hope you will feel similarly.

— Timothy Sadler
Asheville

Editor’s note: Based on reader feedback, Xpress is asking letter writers whether they have formal roles in the campaigns they are writing about. Sadler reports that he is an advisor to Haynes’ campaign.

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10 thoughts on “Letter writer: Haynes is passionate about progressive principles

  1. Lulz

    LOL, you mean all the demolition around here is not an environmental disaster. Where does all of it end up lulz? Is that why garbage fees are coming LOL?

    You’re too late. The city has to continue raising taxes and imposing ludicrous fees in order to keep the farce rolling. That means gentrification will also continue lulz.

  2. NFB

    “Editor’s note: Based on reader feedback, Xpress is asking letter writers whether they have formal roles in the campaigns they are writing about. Sadler reports that he is an advisor to Haynes’ campaign.”

    This is a good policy but it should be extended to those letters that advocate against a candidate (or candidates) as well. Do those letter writers have formal roles in any of the opposing campaigns?

    • Tracy Rose

      The question was asked of letter writers advocating both for and against various candidates, so (hopefully) it worked to illuminate any of those connections.

  3. OneWhoKnows

    Would Haynes be able to write an ESSAY on WHY ‘progressivism’ has FAILED in EVERY country it’s been tried ? Is he THAT smart ??? Doubtful.

    • hauntedheadnc

      Would you be able to write an ESSAY on WHY conservative states have the worst quality of life markers in the country? Would you be able to write an ESSAY on WHY conservative states take more from the federal government than they pay to it?

      Or, in other words, I’ll ask you the same thing I ask every conservative who wants to tell us that conservatism is the cure for all that ails: Explain Mississippi. It’s the most conservative state in America, and it’s also the closest thing we have to the third world, so explain it.

      • OneWhoKnows

        Why don’t you write to the Governor of MS and ask him ? I don’t follow their achievement levels, how would I know?…and I KNOW that Haynes wouldn’t know …

        • mynameis

          Perhaps your name should then be OneWhoKnowsAFewThingsButCan’tExpectTo KnowOrAcceptFactsThatDisagreeWithMyOwnFiguringOfTheWorld?

  4. Shultz!

    Not a fan of the labels…they get people all riled up, obfuscate the issues and are generally unhelpful. The original letter mentions ‘preserving what put Asheville on the map to begin with’. Sure sounds like a conservative idea to me, but one that many ‘progressives’ ’round these parts would agree with. Similarly, ‘preserving the natural environment’ is also a conservative position, as in conservation. Rather than label, how about just stance: Dude that wants to keep Asheville unique, not overbuild it and help improve the lives of its citizenry?

    • Hauntedheadnc

      Preservation and conservation are only “conservative” positions if you’re employing Orwellian double speak, and you well know it.

      • Shultz!

        Couldn’t get through 1984, so as my namesake says…”I know nothing!”. The point I was trying to make is that you can turn off people who who would otherwise agree with your position ( and maybe even vote for you) by using onesizefitsall labels.

        Peace, my friend.

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