What is the writer’s [“Newcomers Fail to Respect WNC Natives,” Nov. 4, Xpress] definition of a “newcomer”? I have lived most gratefully in Asheville for nearly 20 years and appreciated and respected the indigenous culture and traditions of this unique part of our country.
To paint all people not native to this area with the proverbial broad brush is insulting and narrow-minded. Is this unfair and biased opinion based upon a few encounters with people new to Western North Carolina?
Although an uncommonly high percentage of natives I have met do indeed exhibit the character traits that make the quality of life here enviable, sadly, I have also experienced meanness and hostility interacting with “natives” at times.
As evident, the writer is from Swannanoa. I would advise her to consider all the good the newcomers at Warren Wilson contribute to our community.
To conclude, during my 20 years here I have volunteered at local schools, taught at Haywood Community College, have made many close friends — old-timers and new-timers — and have tried to be of service to my fellow humans.
By the way, when considering the role of unions, particularly related to teaching, I was able to retire here at age 55 because my union made sure I was treated and rewarded as a professional. Perhaps if our educators were treated as such, we would not see signs and bumper stickers reading: North Carolina First in Teacher Flight.
If the writer of aforementioned article would do me the honor breaking bread with me, perhaps she will have a change of heart and I might acquire a new friend.
— Ed Wolfsohn