Let me see if I have this right. City Council recently accepted nearly a half-million dollars in federal-grant money to remedy flooding and watershed problems on Dingle Creek. Those problems were caused by development along the stream and its tributaries. Does this mean that our tax money is being used to remedy problems caused by developers?
Meanwhile, the development and real-estate communities are vociferously opposing buffers that would prevent future problems along watercourses within the city. This seems to be just another example of the curious way we do business in Asheville.
Adding insult to apparent injury, City Council can't assure us that the wages and salaries generated by this corporate welfare won't be sent out of the country.
There's a City Council election coming up, folks. Go to the forums, ask hard questions and cast your vote thoughtfully. Vote for those candidates you are convinced will work for the interests of the ordinary citizens of Asheville, not the interests of individuals and corporations whose deep pockets finance campaigns. What you've seen and heard is not always what we've gotten from the candidates we've elected in years past.
— Michael N. Lewis