“More industries manufacturing weapons parts and destroying hundreds of acres of pristine forests and the living webs within them is the opposite of what our community needs to truly thrive.”
“And yes, there often are multiple causes of war, but that means the influence of defense contractors can’t be discounted, either.”
“The bottom line is that it takes a very amateur historian to assert that the ‘merchants of death’ are the cause of war.”
“So, I’m asking you to consider that building excessive numbers of weapons factories may actually be causing war rather than preventing it.”
“The group is dedicated to building a healthier, safer and more caring future for our children and grandchildren. This includes meaningful jobs, living wages, health care, supporting families and a sustainable environment.”
“We sincerely felt that we had no other recourse than to commit this act of civil resistance because of the secrecy and complicity of elected officials and the business community in making this deal.”
“Cataldo Perrone, spokesperson for Pratt & Whitney, was quoted in the Mountain Xpress as saying, ‘The military aircraft we power are engaged in defensive operations designed to help defend freedom around the world.’ I think we need to take a closer look at that claim.”
“It seems our elected leaders (from the president to county commissioners) are incapable of implementing solutions to problems that are peaceful and environmentally healthy.”
“Buncombe County can no longer afford peace on Earth.”
“And within a year, Buncombe County, where Pratt & Whitney has recently broken ground, will become another cog in the wheel of death.”
“With all of these things that have happened, how can the ‘important’ people keep ignoring these problems while the majority are considered disposable?”
“We are all impacted by the decisions made by the clowns in D.C. to fund weapons, bombers, drones and other instruments of war instead of providing universal health care, hospital beds, protective equipment and ventilators for our own population.”
“Preparing young people to defend our country is not keeping them from learning. It is making their education more realistic and comprehensive.”
LEAF Downtown, which returns on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, has a decidedly local focus.
Veterans from around the world are in Asheville this week for the Veterans for Peace National Convention. The organization aims to build a culture of peace by helping the injured heal and helping educate the public about the true costs of war. The national convention started July 22 and runs through tomorrow, July 27, encompassing […]
On Sept. 10, Patriot Day eve, about 15 people gathered in front of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville to rally for “peace on earth.”
Despite having no military base nearby, nearly 20,000 veterans call Buncombe County home — giving it the sixth-largest veteran population in the state. As local visits for PTSD, depression, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment continues to climb at Charles George VA, three local veterans share their struggles and stories about mental health. (Cover design by Sarah Riddle)
Each night before he went to sleep in his cot in Afghanistan, Asheville resident Dustin Degman set out three sets of clothing: one for surgery, another for a normal day on the base and a third for incoming mortar fire.
Degman, who works as a certified nurse anesthetist at Asheville Anesthesia Associates, returned from his tour of duty on Feb. 14. He sat down with Xpress to talk about those differences and share his experiences about what it was like providing care abroad during a time of war.
Two screenings of the film The Invisible War will focus on the systemic problem of rape in the military. Local veteran Mary Joan Dickson (not pictured), was featured in the film and has made it her mission to shed light on the issue.
While patrolling in Iraq in 2007, former active-duty Marine Conor Curran came to question what he was doing and why he was there, when an Iraqi civilian served him tea. Curran will be one of several participants in an April 9 open discussion at the Diana Wortham Theatre — Truth to Power: A Permanent State of War (the program starts at 8 p.m.). Xpress editorial intern Forrest McDonald spoke to Curran and one of the keynote speakers, investigative journalist Gareth Porter, earlier this week. Here are a few of their remarks.