Asheville’s latest exercise in intellectual dishonesty has Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt in the crosshairs. His mock effort to “study” the best way to secure the theft of Asheville’s water system and get away with it certainly deserves rebuke. Hypocrisy comes into play with progressive groups like the League of Women Voters and others taking aim in his direction and at the same time giving mischievous liberal colleagues a free pass. While Republican Moffitt ponders, progressive Democrats Martin Nesbitt and Susan Fisher have acted. They both championed Sullivan Acts II and III to legislatively steal Asheville’s billion-dollar water system.
Although city fathers prudently purchased the system’s reservoirs many years ago, Asheville is not allowed to use its water assets to help compensate for its double-taxation burden. That’s wrong and just one of the ways that Asheville is being treated differently than any other city in the state.
The corruption of political opportunism and hillbilly cronyism are brightly revealed in the lack of accountability for Nesbitt, Fisher, and other protected species. If stealing Asheville’s water system in the name of regionalism is such a great thing, why are Weaverville, Hendersonville, Canton, Woodfin, and everyone else being left out of this exciting opportunity? The passivity of Asheville’s leftist majority with the pilfering of Asheville’s water system will permanently poison our water and our region.
— Carl Mumpower