We will never surrender!

I was glad to attend Bele Chere this year. Even though there has been talk of it being the final one, it was refreshing to see the diversity of events, culture, food and music. It was a reminder of what makes Asheville so special.

Bele Chere numbed the blow from the recent slew of negative legislation and attack on education that legislators dealt to this state and this county/city in particular. In mathematics there is a term called “regression,” which means that all things have a tendency to move toward their average. It seems Raleigh is intent on moving us subpar!

However, the onslaught of legislation to boost their own egos while depriving the underprivileged and killing jobs is a temporary glitch. You can’t stop progress. It is a natural force.

So while the tea party and friends say less government, but mean more restrictions, they can never control the natural laws that move us forward. Darwinism won this battle billions (if not trillions) of years ago!

Thus, as Raleigh pedals backwards trying to homogenize, the people move ahead. To those who wish to carry us back: We will not succumb — we’ll fight for our mountains, valleys and rivers! We’ll fight at the grassroots level for the air and environment. We’ll do battle in the piedmont for the water in our lakes and oceans. And we’ll fight every election in the voting booth, for we will never surrender!

— Rudranath Beharrysingh

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