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6 thoughts on “Making a(nother) List

  1. boatrocker

    Please Brent, write for Ashevegas too.
    It’s a half a step up at best but…

    Consider it a step up on the way to your own anxiously awaited graphic novel about WNC.
    Complete silence for comments says a lot about how you scare certain folks ‘locally’. Nama$te.

    You scare people, like the little kid from The Emperor’s New Clothes.

  2. Jim

    But, but Asheville was happy to diss such places as Ball and Gerber because they didn’t fit in with left wing douchebag values. So instead those industries occupying that space, you now have Gerber Village with you guessed it, low paying service sector jobs. That’s what people like that idiot in council Smith brought here. How nice to have Ball around now to manufacture the bottles for the breweries instead of shipping them here from who knows where.

    And as far as unemployed or underemployed college graduates, many of that can be associated with their chosen degrees. UNCA has no problem churning out sociology majors by the thousands. And all this really does is create a glut of workers that have to compete for even less jobs. And the useful idiots who graduate in these worthless degrees really don’t understand supply and demand but only that SOMEONE ELSE told them that if they follow the same old routine, they’re guaranteed an income. On top of the like of that other idiot Bothwell who will gladly sell them out to illegals who will undercut not only their wages, but also take away their jobs because typical Americans are not willing to settle. Only whine.

  3. Randy Molton

    Yes, apparently EVERYBODY scares “boatrocker.” Because he uses that name for every post.

  4. The Pontificator

    If you thought that that fancy degree in psychology or “______ studies” was going to allow you to perpetuate your carefree fauxhemian lifestyle with a 100K/year paycheck then you chose poorly. You can blame “the rich” and the “1%” all day long but at the end of the day you chose poorly.

    Then again you can always become a cartoonist who creates ridiculous stereotypes of those who were smart enough to choose professions that pay well in a region heavily dependent on tourism.

    • But the couple in this particular ridiculous stereotype are supposed to be retired from well-paying jobs or inherited wealth from an out of town location, and have either moved or are just vacationing here. Sorry, I should have mentioned their back story in a smaller note in the comic.

      Anyway, the point of the cartoon (trying to be both local and topical) was playing off the (then recent) report of the city having a large percentage of well-educated residents, and contrasting that with the dearth of high-paying, degree-requiring jobs for said residents, as opposed to service-industry jobs that need no such higher education, and how that must feel to said resident-workers. It wasn’t so much an attack on the much-beleaguered “1%”, portrayed here (they are merely there to set up the premise, and visually show a disparity in income. If you know a quick way to do that which does not enlist some type of stereotypical imagery, you should look into cartooning yourself. I warn you though, it is a worse economic job decision than any that is comically (but hopefully, also sympathetically) depicted here.

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