A recent diatribe ad nauseum in these pages concerning the superiority of the people who select Western North Carolina as their new or second home was one of the most prejudiced and hurtful commentaries that I have ever read [“Anywhere But Asheville,” Oct. 14, Xpress].
How unfortunate it is that most newcomers here can neither appreciate nor respect the lifestyle and ethics of the people native to the area. Inferring horrible things about locals, the writer’s derogatory comments are not only insulting and untrue, but are demonstrative of the arrogance and ignorance of many who move here to force us to accept their idea of how best to live.
And how did those high taxes, high crime, low morals and unsustainable union demands work out for you from Chicago, Jersey and Detroit?
How dare the writer belittle those who preceded his presence here! Indeed, why do you “progressives” come here? Is it to stomp on what we have, how we live and who we are by taking advantage of our inherent humility and reluctance to get involved? You have used and abused us.
How sad and hypocritical that the writer and his ilk are only able to embrace individuality — er — diversity when it agrees with them. Prejudging us, you assume to know what is best for us and indeed the world: “Change” for any selfish reason as long as it involves control of others (at others’ expense, of course).
This attitude and political grandiosity are direct affronts to the high standards of WNC natives who characteristically exhibit respect for others, a hard work ethic, high morals, strength, a sense of humor, care for the land, independence and a refusal to give up the freedoms and values that built America.
Why do you think our ancestors settled here in the first place? It was for the beauty of the land, the fresh air, clean water and isolation from criticism by pompous asses. But most of all for the loathing of government control. Let us alone.
— Janet Burhoe-Jones