My thanks to Laurel York [“Leave Your Big-City Driving Habits at Home,” Feb. 18, Xpress]. I, too, had been so closed-minded, so narrow-minded as you, Laurel, thinking all the drivers I encountered in Asheville who were speeding, cutting corners, on my tail, not using signals or having “no manners” were all locals or natives.
I had the opportunity to live in Asheville for four months, and out of their vehicles, these people were perhaps the friendliest, kindest, most welcoming I have ever encountered anywhere.
I am not from Asheville, or from North Carolina, or from the United States of America. I am from Earth, and native. And grateful.
— Cindy Kunkel