Opinion

Opinion: Lack of immigrants voices in Asheville Citizen-Times coverage does community disservice

Opinion: Lack of immigrants voices in Asheville Citizen-Times coverage does community disservice

Do migrant residents’ connection to this region make them “part of this community,” or do they remain apart, as problems for the rest of “us” to solve?

by November 25, 2014 10 comments Opinion

Scathing PowerPoint commentary hammers Asheville Police Department controversy

Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer, Police Chief William Anderson and others are all targets in the commentary getting passed around.

by November 10, 2014 54 comments Opinion
Asheville Blade: Is Asheville the seat of prosperity or the edge of poverty?

Asheville Blade: Is Asheville the seat of prosperity or the edge of poverty?

Asheville is entering a period of potentially unprecedented growth. But which city do you live in?

by October 2, 2014 57 comments Opinion
Opinion: Asheville City Council is poised to wreck a nonprofit to establish and manage city’s cultural center

Opinion: Asheville City Council is poised to wreck a nonprofit to establish and manage city’s cultural center

Former Asheville Mayor Ken Michalove says the dismantling of Pack Place is the result of greedy bullying tactics.

by July 22, 2014 31 comments Opinion
Reflections on Asheville Beer Week: Lamenting the disappearance of activist subculture beneath veil of carnival barking

Reflections on Asheville Beer Week: Lamenting the disappearance of activist subculture beneath veil of carnival barking

“With each new city-as-theme park pitch, I smell the growing stench of despair.”

by May 27, 2014 29 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
How American Idol Caleb Johnson can use his new super powers to boost hometown Asheville

How American Idol Caleb Johnson can use his new super powers to boost hometown Asheville

Caleb, a couple of suggestions: support music education, produce that zombie opera in Asheville.

by May 22, 2014 10 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: 2014 primary election takes down two Buncombe incumbents

Ashvegas Political Hit List Extra: 2014 primary election takes down two Buncombe incumbents

Buncombe District Attorney Ron Moore loses to Todd Williams in a Democratic race, and County Commissioner Todd Williams loses to challenger Miranda DeBruhl.

McCrory and Manheimer, in synch for Moogfest 2014

McCrory and Manheimer, in synch for Moogfest 2014

Like a killer collaboration between DJs Thundercat and Flying Lotus, Manheimer and McCrory are poised to make some sweet music.

by April 24, 2014 33 comments Opinion
Ashvegas Op-Ed: In Moffitt vs. Turner, it’s Turner’s story that stands up to scrutiny

Ashvegas Op-Ed: In Moffitt vs. Turner, it’s Turner’s story that stands up to scrutiny

Details of the controversial meeting between N.C. Rep. Tim Moffitt and challenger Brian Turner are in, and it’s Turner’s version that holds.

by April 3, 2014 63 comments Opinion
Opinion: Owners of Hi-Fi Cafe have newfound tenacity despite getting pushed out building

Opinion: Owners of Hi-Fi Cafe have newfound tenacity despite getting pushed out building

Hi-Fi owners, upset over getting pushed out of building that houses Downtown Market, say they’ve found help in financing a relocation.

by March 24, 2014 10 comments Opinion
Opinion: Omni Grove Park Inn’s parking fee donation aids Asheville nonprofits

Opinion: Omni Grove Park Inn’s parking fee donation aids Asheville nonprofits

The Omni Grove Park Inn raised a total of $63,930 for several Asheville nonprofits.

by February 17, 2014 11 comments Opinion
Snow storm highlights hypocrisy of Asheville Citizen-Times website paywall

Snow storm highlights hypocrisy of Asheville Citizen-Times website paywall

So the news is free when it is deemed important, such as times of record-breaking snowfall, but you pay when it’s not?

by February 13, 2014 29 comments Opinion
Ashvegas reader: Development on Merrimon Avenue is getting out of hand

Ashvegas reader: Development on Merrimon Avenue is getting out of hand

What do you think? Out-of-control development, or a natural evolution?

by February 10, 2014 36 comments Asheville business, Opinion
Edgy Mama: The push and pull of single parenting

Edgy Mama: The push and pull of single parenting

There’s the free-falling thrill of newfound freedom, and there’s the soul-crushing loneliness and self-doubt.

by December 11, 2013 26 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Election Day 2013 in Asheville: A low-interest affair, punctuated by bulldinky

Election Day 2013 in Asheville: A low-interest affair, punctuated by bulldinky

With Raleigh lawmakers holding Asheville by the balls and running the city from the statehouse, the real election is next year.

by November 4, 2013 20 comments Asheville politics, Opinion
Former Asheville police chief rips City Council for handling of Police Department scandal

Former Asheville police chief rips City Council for handling of Police Department scandal

Former police chief Will Annarino says he’s “appalled and saddened” by council’s lack of leadership, and by the deterioration of a once proud police agency.

by July 12, 2013 20 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Opinion: An Asheville Police Department officer stands for integrity; why don’t others in City Hall?

Opinion: An Asheville Police Department officer stands for integrity; why don’t others in City Hall?

Lt. Bill Wilke stood up for integrity Tuesday. It was a strikingly bold move, considering all the cowering in Asheville City Hall.

by June 25, 2013 4 comments Opinion

On Asheville as a sprouting pot, not a place to be planted to blossom

“I can see Asheville as both the land of love and acceptance of diverging views and a caricature of itself as the land of love, beer, food and tourism.”

by May 13, 2013 6 comments Opinion

Opinion: Horse-drawn carriage in downtown Asheville is accident waiting to happen

Ashvegas reader Stewart David urges Asheville City Council to band horse-drawn carriages in downtown.

by May 6, 2013 7 comments Opinion
Review: Dylan performance in Asheville was pure genius

Review: Dylan performance in Asheville was pure genius

Dylan never acknowledged the crowd and laid down a blues set to remember, reviewer says.

by May 1, 2013 19 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Opinion: WNC Nature Center needs your support

Opinion: WNC Nature Center needs your support

WNC Nature Center board member Sarah Merrell urges community support of center.

by April 19, 2013 1 comment Opinion
Three editorials offer a closer look at Tim Moffitt’s anti-topless House Bill 34

Three editorials offer a closer look at Tim Moffitt’s anti-topless House Bill 34

Controversial bill would make female toplessness a felony; GoTopless.org president says rallies will continue.

by February 23, 2013 8 comments Asheville News, Opinion
How Crossfit helped me survive the Shut-In Trail Race

How Crossfit helped me survive the Shut-In Trail Race

I survived the 19-mile run – the longest I’d ever attempted – without a single training run. Three Crossfit classes a week was all I really needed.

by December 4, 2012 9 comments Asheville features, Opinion
Hope, and a little change, for a stranger on the streets of Ashvegas

Hope, and a little change, for a stranger on the streets of Ashvegas

I thought about all those “hope and change” voters who passed the man on the street, and what a blessing they were missing.

by December 4, 2012 2 comments Opinion
Moogfest 2012: Why Moogfest matters to Asheville

Moogfest 2012: Why Moogfest matters to Asheville

Some editorial thoughts about why Asheville should be glad we have a Moogfest of our very own.

by October 29, 2012 8 comments Asheville features, Opinion
Ashvegas Op-Ed: Beauty of Basilica does not end at its property line

Ashvegas Op-Ed: Beauty of Basilica does not end at its property line

The author of two histories of Asheville architecture offers her perspective on the fate of the property by the Basilica.

by September 14, 2012 0 comments Opinion
Scenes from the DNC: Diversity, Obama-head trailer hitches and more

Scenes from the DNC: Diversity, Obama-head trailer hitches and more

Best button: “Once you vote black, you never go back.”

by September 7, 2012 0 comments Opinion
Go Topless news roundup

Go Topless news roundup

The AC-T gives attendees an F, WorldNetDaily calls the Sunday event a “bible-belt nude-fest.”

Opinion: Vote against N.C. amendment to define marriage as between one man, one woman

Here’s the note, from an activist working to defeat North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage in the state as between one man and one woman. Asheville City Council plans to consider a resolution official opposing Amendment One, as it is known: A Message to Asheville on the Eve of a Resolution. “Why did you fight so hard when[Read More…]

by April 9, 2012 2 comments Opinion