Thank you for printing at least the civil portion of my letter regarding Rose Hill Plantation (aka Bulldozed Hill Abomination) [“Mourning the Mountain,” July 11]. It was thoughtful and kind of the editor to remove the rabid insults that I fired at the developers.
Unfortunately, I feel that in the cleanup, the main intention was lost. Even the title “Mourning the Mountain” is [misrepresentative]. I certainly join my neighbors in feeling the loss, [but] it gives an air of resignation and sorrow. A more appropriate title would be “A Call to Arms,” meaning we, as a community, have to stand up against this nonsense and hold those in charge of land slaughter accountable.
It’s surrounding us. Not just in Leicester, but in Fairview, Beaverdam, Mars Hill, Spring Creek, Mills River, on and on. If this kind of destruction is within the boundaries of the law, then the law should be changed. As long as we sit passively by and quietly lament about the injustice of it all, we will continue to see our mountains plowed down to make room for those who have no respect or regard for the land or the people who dwell here.
Long live the resistance.
— Eva Scruggs