Please allow me to translate the recent letter from Peggy Seeger of Boston, who ranted about the proposed new hotel across from the Civic Center ["Lovely, Lucky, Poor Asheville," Letters, June 3].
"People from all over the world come to visit Asheville." Translation: I support sprawl. Who needs density? Let the visitors from all over the world bring their cars and clog Asheville streets from their suburban motels instead of having a hotel downtown where they can walk.
"You have survived waves of developers who have cut down your trees and systematically demolished your historic buildings and put up monstrosities." Translation: I am a habitual liar. I can't give any examples of demolished historic buildings, but I will say anything to make a point — truth be damned.
"You are now about to lose your Basilica." Again, I love to lie. Of course the Basilica isn't going away but I need to be dramatic.
"You could have had a park opposite the Basilica." Hell, I live in Boston so I don't care what additional burden to taxpayers I propose. And I won't mention all the existing parks within walking distance to the Basilica.
— DeShawn Pugh