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Asheville Police Lt. William Wilke is contending that Police Chief William Anderson attempted to “coerce” him into making false statements about an accident in which the chief’s son was involved — and that the chief and other city officials are involved in a coverup of the case. Wilke made the allegations during a press conference that he called June 25 in the office of his attorney, George Hyler. He read the statement for slightly more than three minutes about the March 9 wreck and what ensued in the days following it. IShortly after Wilke’s press conference, city public information officer Dawa Hitch responded by sending an email to Mayor Terry Bellamy and City CounLt. Bill Wilke cil members as follows: “It has come to my attention within the last 30 minutes that Lt. Bill Wilke has released a statement to the media in which he states he has concerns about the way the accident involving Chad Anderson was handled. “We are currently gathering facts along with what is being reported in the media and will update you as soon as we have more information.” See COMPLAINT, Page 7

GOP may need to step aside, Libertarians told By TIM PECK

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FLAT ROCK — “Maybe it’s time for the Republican Party to go,” Libertarian author and speaker Michael Cloud said in his June 9 keynote address at the three-day North Carolina Libertarian Party Convention here. As the 60-or-so attendees dined on the catered buffet in the Sandburg Room at the Mountain Lodge, Cloud spoke to the audience in passionate tones about the arc of Libertarian electoral disappointment. “What seems to be the problem?” Cloud asked. “We have the right ideas. Still, at best, we are only getting about 23 percent of the vote in state legislature campaigns.” Cloud then outlined what he saw as the causes and the cures of party woes in an engaging walking-and-talking style, pacing the front of the room and calling on people

by name to answer pointed questions. Cloud has distilled his observations down to a few cogent points and laid out a strategy for moving forward. First, Libertarians are being virtually brainwashed into believing the critics who reflexively claim that Libertarian candidates simply can’t win, Cloud noted. “It’s a disease” that perpetuates a selffulfilling prophecy that defeats candidates and their supporters before they get started, he said. It’s a psychological problem, not a problem of ideas. The ideas are winning, Cloud said. “It’s only our candidates that are struggling.” In his hypothesis, The “impossibility trap,” as Cloud coins it, is often expressed in defeatist terms when supporters are called on to take action: “I like your candidate but I don’t want to waste my vote.” “Your candidate will be a spoiler.” “The courts will just

strike down any real changes.” “And the voting machines are rigged anyway.” Cloud’s retort? “Don’t you buy into it!” These perennial bromides only serve to do one thing: to convince sympathetic voters to take Michael Cloud a pass, to turn their attention elsewhere, or to simply do nothing, he said. “We are quitting on the five-yard line after a long drive to the goal zone,” Cloud asserted. “We are believing that it’s impossible. It’s a case of ‘learned helplessness,’ as some psychologists put it. It’s a debilitating condition that can be taught to people and animals alike.

“If we believe that it’s impossible, we’re not going to make that extra phone call, we’re not going to walk that extra block to knock on doors. We become conditioned to aim lower. And it’s a weakness that we must overcome if we are to ever make any advances in the political arena.” Second, Cloud discussed the right ways to think about their underdog political party, about how to go from being a spoiler to being a dark horse to being a contender. “One, don’t faint when someone says, ‘Hey, that makes sense.’ Also, recognize that when we get a fair hearing, we win. It’s our job to get a fair hearing. Next, start modelling possibility behaviors,” he said. Cloud then offered an inspirational analogy to the movie “Rocky” where the themes of humiliation, courage and hard work are played out in dramatic form. See LIBERTARIANS, Page 10


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Lineup unveiled for WCU’s Galaxy of Stars Series CULLOWHEE – The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University celebrates its ninth season with a lineup that will take audience members from the Beatles’ 1964 U.S. invasion to “Smokey Joe’s Café” and many points between. The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars Series debuted in 2005, with all performances taking place in the 900-seat John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Series subscriptions are now available at a substantial savings over individual ticket prices. Patrons can enjoy all six shows in the season for $100 for adults and $25 for students and children. Subscriptions allow patrons to select and keep preferred seats and also are an affordable way for families to enjoy live entertainment. The 2013-14 lineup is as follows: • Brass Transit, 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. A dynamic, crowd-pleasing unit from Toronto, Brass Transit plays the music of Chicago from the band’s “golden age” of the late ’60s to the early ’70s with a worldclass horn section, a rocking rhythm section and tight vocals. The playlist includes “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re the Inspiration.” • “Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Touching on the life and times of one of the world’s most legendary artists, “Ring of Fire” is a top-notch “jukebox musical” revue. A company of performers, rather than impersonate Cash, guides the audience on a journey through Cash’s storied life and celebrated music with more than 35 of Cash’s hits. • “Smokey Joe’s Café,” 5 p.m. Sunday,

Jan. 26. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller virtually invented rock ’n’ roll, and their songs provide the basis for entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. “Smokey Joe’s Café” features 39 pop standards, including “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown” and “Jailhouse Rock.” • “1964,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. An authentic, endearing musical tribute that has marked nearly 3,000 performances over 30 years, the band 1964 has been called “the best Beatles tribute on Earth” by Rolling Stone magazine. The year 2014 marks 50 years since the Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” • The Squirm Burpee Circus, 5 p.m. Sun-

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Fryar reveals cancer; undergoes treatment as he continues in job

Mike Fryar, District 2 member of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, announced June 11 that he is undergoing treatment for cancer, but plans to continue to serve his constituents. “I want the citizens of Buncombe County to know that it is my priority to continue in my position as your county commissioner,” Fryar said in a statement. “My desire to serve this community has not changed. You can expect my full time and attention to responsibly addressing the needs of our county and being a voice for our citizens.” He also said, “As many of you already Mike Fryar know, against different odds in my lifetime, I have overcome adversity and managed to triumph. “Today, I am facing a new challenge. About a month ago I was diagnosed with a single tumor in my lung. Although not good news, the type of cancer I have is treatable. I have been undergoing treatment and I am glad to report that I am feeling well and seeing very positive results. “As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns you might have,” Fryar said. Fryar, who is 65, said at the time of his announcment that he had been undergoing chemothererapy treatments for about three weeks. He also started radiation treatments in early June and has told local news media outlets that he is feeling well. Fryar told the Daily Planet recently that he made the public announcement because he is losing his hair as a result of the chemo, and guessed that people would wonder what was happening to him. Fryar is a Republican who was elected last fall from District 2, which includes eastern and northern part of the county.

Drug charges at Octopus Garden termed good thing by Mumpower From Staff Reports

Following drug charges filed against the owner, the store managers and employees of Octopus Garden locations around Asheville in late June, conservative activist and former city councilman Carl Mumpower told the Daily Planet he is pleased. “I am glad to see local and federal authorities holding some of our community’s bad guys accountable,” Mumpower said in a June 27 statement. “I admire their persistency. “If we can get our citizens, churches and neighborhoods out of their recliners with matching enthusiasm, perhaps we can keep the heat on these local predators.” Mumpower added, “Synthetic drugs are a toxic attraction to our young, vulnerable and misguided.” Mumpower, along with Chad Nesbitt, has led a number of protests around Asheville against the sale — by head shops — of synthetic drugs. Meanwhile, the charges against those working at the seven locations of Octopus Garden were revealed in indictments unsealed June 26 in U.S. District Court. Octopus Garden’s locations allegedly sold synthetic marijuana under various names, such as “Zeus Gods of Aroma,” “Bizzaro” and “Dead and Berry’d, according to Anne M. Tompkins, who is the U.S. attorney general for the Western District of North Carolina. The offenses occurred between September 2011 to December 2012 in the counties of Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania, the indictments stated. A total of 30 persons were charged in the in-

dictment, along with two other indictments and a criminal complaint. The shops sold synthetic drugs, including synthetic marijuana, which often is called “K2” or “Spice” and/or bath sales, according to court documents. Thompkins said, “Masking synthetic drugs with creative names and deceptic packaging does not change the fact that these substances are illegal, highly addictive and potentially deadly to those who use them. “Whether such drugs are sold in Asheville, Spruce Pine or Charlotte, let it be known that the law enforcement community stands united in the fight against these harmful chemicals that wreak havoc in our communities and pose serious health risks and other local and area law enforcement agencies. Two of those charged on drug offenses also were charged with money laundering, Also, all but two of those arrested were charged with selling or offering to sell drug paraphernalia, such as glass pipes, intended for use in inhaling controlled substances. Authorities seized more than $700,000 in cash and 247 ounces of silver, four vehicles and drug paraphernalia during the probe, which was handled by the Department of Homeland Security and Drug Enforcement Administration — and area and local law enforcement units. On a separate matter, the Daily Planet asked Mumpower on his status regarding his vow to leave the Republican Party. “I will leave the Republican Party when they are successful in seizing Asheville’s water system,” Mumpower said June 27. “That remains on hold, so I will wait and see.”

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Complaint

Continued from Page 1 The following is the text of a public statement made by Wilke during his June 25 press conference: “Good morning. I am Lieutenant Bill Wilke, presently serving the City of Asheville as a district commander with the police department. I will be reading you a prepared statement and will not be taking questions at this time. “As you know, I was the scene commander for the accident involving Chief William Anderson’s son on the morning of March 9. Several things have occurred following that event, the details of which I have provided in a formal complaint to the city manager delivered on June 17, and then again on June 24. The city manager’s office has failed to act on this complaint. Some of those details include the following: “(1) On the morning of March 13, I met with City Manager Gary Jackson and Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson to express my deepest concerns of what I knew to be false and misleading information give by the chief of police to the Asheville CitizenTimes the previous day. They responded by asking me to wait until the SBI investigation was complete. “(2) At approximately noon on March 14, I provided Captain Stony Gonce with a thorough set of documents regarding the details of the wreck on March 9. At approximately 4 p.m. the same day, I was removed by Captain Stony Gonce from an active interview with the SBI, ordered by the district attorney, to speak with both he and the chief of police. Captain Gonce was present and the meeting occurred in Chief Andersons office. While there, I was coerced and expected to submit to a set of facts and circumstances regarding the accident involving his son that were clearly false and misleading. I refused to submit to this coercion. I prepared a statement with the details of that meeting and provided it to the SBI on March 15. “(3) On June 7, I retrieved a copy of the documentation I provided Captain Gonce on March 14. Those document

had been placed in the Asheville Police Department’s original documents evidence room, and I have found it to be incomplete. Clearly missing was Captain Gonce’s own statement, which I believe to contain contradictory information to that which I provided him on the morning of March 9 from the accident scene. As the scene commander, I have asked that the city manager direct or produce a copy of Captain Gonce’s statement for the case file. He has confirmed receipt of that request, yet has not provided it. “(4) At least two other high-ranking officers within the police department are prepared to provide sworn statements and documented evidence indicating a pattern of ongoing behavior that avoids accountability, generates false and misleading information and has severly injured morale within the rank and file of the Asheville Police Department. “In closing, I will tell you that I am still proud to wear the same uniform as the great majority of Asheville police officers, who understand what integrity means. Contrary to a previous report, I have absolutely no intention of resigning my position with the Asheville Police Department. As yet another problem falls upon us in the public eye, my confidence in the rank and file has never been stronger. Keep your head up and stay strong. Stand for what is right, and be there for those who need us when the call comes.” Meanwhile, Jackson, the city manager, issued a communique on June 21, acknowledging receipt of Wilke’s complaint letter, delivered to his office on June 17. “I have asked the human services director and deputy city manager to follow up with you no later than next week to outline next steps to address concerns. In the interim, if you have immedate questions, please call myself, Mr. Richardson or Ms. Dickens directly,” Jackson stated.

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MARS HILL — Mars Hill College will soon become Mars Hill University. The school is making the change in August, after 157 years as a college. Administrators hope the change will attract more students to the school in Madison County, located north of Asheville. School President Dan Lunsford said Mars Hill’s core values will not change. School spokeswoman Teresa Buckner said the board had been considering the change for about 10 years. “It is with great excitement that I introduce the Strategic Plan for the next five years of Mars Hill College, a plan that will provide the roadmap for the transformation to Mars Hill University, Lunsford noted. “Strategic Plan 2012-17 builds on the success achieved in the previous strategic plan and other initiatives, the completion of which strengthened Mars Hill in four distinct areas: significantly increased revenue streams, strengthened academic programming, restructured student development division, and enhanced employee compensation.... ‘We recognize that Mars Hill should strive to do more than merely remain viable. It must expand and provide services in a variety of ways that will appeal to potential students and donors,” Lunsford said. The school began offering a master’s degree in education in 2011. The university hopes to add a master of public administration degree by 2015.


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Libertarians Continued from Page 1 When boxer Rocky Balboa quietly agonizes over his poor chances in the ring against his betters, his clear-eyed wife advises him to pick another goal and win that one. His goal of winning is replaced with the goal of “going the distance.’ As Rocky pursues his new reachable goal, his supporters are taken with enthusiasm and excitement and eventually cheer him on to his own right-sized victory in the ring. It’s a tale worth emulating, Cloud said. Third, Cloud implored his audience to recognize actual incremental success. Election to political office is not necessarily the measure of success. “When we move the ball forward, we are succeeding.” “Instead of asking people if Gary Johnson can win, ask them, ‘if he could win, would he make a good president? Would he be good for the country?’ If their answer is ‘Yes,’ then ask them, ‘Why?’ You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Ask them, ‘if you and you alone could push a button and elect a candidate, would you push it for Gary Johnson?’” Further, he said, “Here’s a little secret I learned from Mary Kay Ashe. She said, ‘You don’t have to win to win. I failed my way to success, but I kept failing forward.’ If we fail at 4 percent, then next time we’ll fail at 6 percent. Recognize that we can make progress and progress is victory.” In concluding his vigorous pep talk, Cloud made one final impassioned and definitive plea to his audience: “Ladies and gentlemen, I ask you: step aside from your impossibility beliefs.

Drop your impossibility behavior. Be willing to move forward. Be willing to open new minds. And we will open ourselves to the possibility of liberty in our lifetimes,” Cloud said. Cloud is president and co-founder of the Center For Small Government. He also cofounded the Massachusetts End the Income Tax ballot initiatives, with Carla Howell, serving as spokesperson, primary fund-raiser and communications director. In 2002, Cloud ran for U.S. Senate against 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, winning 19 percent of the vote — the highest-ever vote for a Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate. Cloud was chief executive officer of the 2000 Carla Howell for U.S. Senate campaign. In 1996 he organized the Harry Browne for President campaign, and was fund-raiser and key adviser to Browne for both his 1996 and 2000 campaigns. Cloud has been politically active since 1976 and reportedly has raised more than $8 million for small government candidates, projects, and initiatives. Cloud is a speechwriter and billed as “the master of Libertarian communication.” He writes the Persuasion Power Points column for more than 70,000 readers of the Advocates for Self-Government Liberator Online and is author of the book “Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion.” • A comprehensive story on the annual state convention of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, which was held in Flat Rock, will appear in next month’s edition.

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REVIEW: Peter, Paul & Mary salute hits the mark By JOHN NORTH

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HENDERSONVILLE — “The Music of Peter, Paul & Mary,” a June salute to the long-running folk group in Flat Rock Playhouse’s Music on the Rock series, was good, but not great. Playing Peter and Paul, Michael Lanning and Sam Sherwood sounded close to the originals with their vocals and skills on various stringed instruments. Sherwood wore a suit that looked the part of the early folk music movement. Lanning wore a white shirt, black vest and dark jeans, also looking the part. However, Alison Lary lacked the voice, the attitude and the look of Mary Travers, whom she — at least in theory — was aspiring to emulate. She wore different outfits in the first and second parts Peter, Paul & Mary in their early days. of the show that were attractive by upscale 2013 standards, but her attire made her look like anything but an Jet Plane,” which was the group’s only No. authentic folkie who is “down for the struggle.” 1 hit,;“This Land Is Your Land” and “I Dig On the positive side, Lary did tell one interesting story Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.” about her mother, a long-time fan of Peter, Paul & Mary, Later, the trio sang a lively“Too Much of who was stopped — two months before her daughter got The real Peter, Paul & Mary perform during their prime in the 1960s. Nothing” and “I Shall Be Released” — both the pivotal part in the revue — for speeding 80 mph in New Bob Dylan songs. York City. When approached by an officer, she apologized and For an encore, the group sang “If I Had a said she was listening to the music of Peter, Paul and Mary, at for folk music. Among the popular songs performed early Hammer,” an audience favorite; and “Day Is Done.” which point the policeman decided just to give her a warning. in the concert were “Puff the Magic Dragon,” which inSeveral in the audience said afterward that their favorit A fourth performer, Charles Holland, who played bass, cluded a sing-along with the crowd. performances in the show were “Puff” and “Hammer.” To that, sounded terrific. Other popular songs performed by the group included The show opened with “Rolling Home” to set the mood “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Song Is Love;” “Leaving on a I would add, “I Dig Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.” It rocked.

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Tuesday, July 2

GROOVIN’ AT GROVEMONT, 6 p.m., Grovemont Square, Swannanoa. A free outdoor concert with a band yet-to-beannounced. Admission is free. “WAYNE’S WORLD” FILM SCREENING, 8:45 p.m., Cinebarre, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville. The comedy “Wayne’s World” will be shown as part of the theater’s annual summer outdoor film series. Attendees are asked to bring lawnchairs and/ or blankets. Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 3 LAUREN ALAINA CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Lauren Alaina will perform. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit greatmountainmusic.com.

Thursday, July 4

MONTREAT PARADE, 10 a.m., downtown Montreat. The annual Montreat Fourth of July parade will be held. ASHEVILLE JULY 4 CELEBRATION, 4 p.m., Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. Asheville’s Fourth of July gala will include music, games and food vendors. At 9:30 p.m., a fireworks

Mac Arnold (above) and Plate Full O’ Beans will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. July 6 at Biltmore Park in Asheville. display will light the sky. FIRE ON THE LAKE JULY 4 GALA, 5:30 p.m., Lake Louise, Weaverville. The Tow of Weaverville will host a Fourth of July gala that will include live music, food and, at dusk, fireworks. Among the musical entertainers are David Holt and the Lightning Bolts and Brian Adam Smith with Glory on the Floor. CONCERT, 6-8 p.m., Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. Juan Holiday will perform in concert, part of Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. Admission is free. BLACK MOUNTAIN GALA/FIREWORKS, 7 p.m.downtown Black Mountain. The annual Black Mountain Fourth of July gala will include a street dance, food and fun, culminating in fireworks. Admission is free.

The Band Perry will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 6 a Kidd Brewer Stadium at Appalachian State University in Boone. Following the concert, a fireworks show will be featured. MUSIC ON MAIN STREET, 7-9 p.m., parking lot next to Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Tom Brown/One Man Band will perform during a special July 4 celebration of the Music on Main Street summer concert series. A fireworks display will be ignited at nightfall. LAKE JULIAN PARK FIREWORKS, 9 p.m., Lake Julian Park, Asheville. A fireworks display will be offered. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Parking is at Estes Elementary School.

Friday, July 5

MUSIC ON MAIN STREET, 7-9 p.m., parking lot next to Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Sound Investment will perform in the Music on Main Street weekly summer concert series.

Saturday, July 6

JAZZ FEST, 7 p.m., Classic Wi-

neseller, 20 Church St., downtown Waynesville. The weekly Summer Jazz Festival will feature Sonny Thornton, drums; Michael Jefry Stevens, piano; and Mike Hostein, bass. For information, visit www.classicwineseller.com, or call 452-6000. CONCERT IN THE PARK, 7-9 p.m., plaza in front of Hickory Tavern and Brixx Pizza, Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville. Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Beans will perform. Admission is free. SHINDIG ON THE GREEN, 7-10 p.m., Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. Shindig on the Green, the free mountain usic and dance shows, will return with the long-running house band the Stoney Creek Boys. Other Shindigs will be held July 13 and 20 and Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Admission is free. FIREWORKS/BAND PERRY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Kidd Brewer Stadium, Appalachian State University,

LIBERTARIAN MEETING, 7 p.m., 130 Miller St., Waynesville. The Haywood County Libertarian Party, which meets on the second Tuesday, meets for open discussion, with debate encouraged. All perspectives and persuasions are welcome, regardless of political or religious affiliation. For more information, call Windy McKinney at windymckinney@yahoo.com. “BRIDESMAIDS” FILM SCREENING, 8:45 p.m., Cinebarre, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville. “Bridesmaids” will be shown as part of the theater’s annual summer outdoor film series. Attendees are asked to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

Thursday, July 11

CONCERT, 6-8 p.m., Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. Jeff Santiago and Red Honey will perform in concert, part of Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. Admission is free. PARK RHYTHMS CONCERT, 7-9 p.m., Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain. Citizen Band Radio will play “countrified” rock. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets.

Friday, July 12

MUSIC ON MAIN STREET, 7-9 p.m., parking lot next to Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Special Edition will perform in the summer concert series. Francesca Battistelli CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Francesca Battistelli will perform. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit greatmountainmusic.com.

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Boz Scaggs will perform at 8 p.m. July 20 at the Schaeffer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone.

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Saturday, July 13

JAZZ FEST, 7 p.m., Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., downtown Waynesville. The weekly Summer Jazz Festival will feature Byron Hedgepeth, vibraphone; Michael Jefry Stevens, piano. For information, visit www.classicwineseller. com, or call 452-6000. JARS OF CLAY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. The Jars of Clay will perform. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit greatmountainmusic.com.

Tuesday, July 16

“JAWS” FILM SCREENING, 8:45 p.m., Cinebarre, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville. “Jaws” will be shown as part of the theater’s annual summer outdoor film series. Attendees are asked to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

Thursday, July 18

CONCERT IN THE PARK, 6-8 p.m., Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. Leigh Glass will perform in concert, part of Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. Admission is free. RHYTHM & BREWS CONCERT, 6-9 p.m., Azalea Lot, along King Street between 3rd and 4th avenues, downtown Hendersonville. Balsam Range will perform in the outdoor concert series. Admission is free. PARK RHYTHMS CONCERT, 7-9 p.m., Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain. Barefoot Movement will play “countrified” rock. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

Friday, July 19

DOWNTOWN AFTER 5, 5:15 p.m., North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass, downtown Asheville. Asheville All-Stars and Pleasure Chest will perform at the monthly downtown street party that features live music, food and drinks. The AA-S bring together many of the musicians that comprise Asheville’s eclectic music scene. Performers will include Josh Blake, Woody Wood, Kellin Watson, Caitlin Krisko, Adam Strange, Jeff Knorr and many more. Pleasure Chest features a raucous mix of blues and gritty soul, with a dash of rockabilly. Admission is free. MUSIC ON MAIN STREET, 7-9 p.m., parking lot next to Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Deano and the Dreamers will perform in the Music on Main Street weekly summer concert series. JAZZ CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Black Mountain. Michael Jefry Stevens, an internationally known pianist and composer, will perform with a guest arts. Admission will be taken via a $10 donation at the door.

Saturday, July 20

JAZZ FEST, 7 p.m., Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., downtown Waynesville. The weekly Summer Jazz Festival will feature Wendy Jones, jazz vocals; Michael Jefry Stevens, piano. For

Kathy Mattea will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 20 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. information, visit www.classicwineseller.com, or call 452-6000. CONCERT IN THE PARK, 7-9 p.m., plaza in front of Hickory Tavern and Brixx Pizza, Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville. Carolina Rex will perform. Admission is free. KATHY MATTEA CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Kathy Mattea will perform. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit greatmountainmusic.com. BOZ SCAGGS CONCERT, 8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone. Boz Scaggs will perform in concert. For tickets, visit appsummer.org or call (800) 841-ARTS.

Tuesday, July 23

PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, 7:30 p.m., Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center, Brevard. A Prairie Home Companion’s Radio Romance’ tour hits the road coast-to-coast this summer, starring host and writer Garrison Keillor, singer Aoife O’Donovan, comedian Fred Newman, and Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s AllStar Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon. For tickets, which are $75, $65, $55; lawn, $20; and exclusive orchestra pit seating — $100 (limited availability), visit www.brevardmusic.org“ ANCHORMAN” FILM, 8:45 p.m., Cinebarre, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville. “Anchorman” will be shown as part of the theater’s annual summer outdoor film series. Attendees are asked to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

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Thursday, July 25

TAMS CONCERT/DANCE, 7 p.m., TD Stage, amphitheater, The Peace Center, Greenville, S.C. The Tams will perform. PARK RHYTHMS CONCERT, 7-9 p.m., Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain. Parkway Handle Band will perform. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free. HEART CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., South Terrace, Biltmore House, Asheville. The band Heart will perform in concert.

Friday, July 26

BELE CHERE, noon-10 p.m., downtown Asheville. The annual Bele Chere festival will run July 26-28. The gala will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 27 and from noon to 6 p.m. July 28. Rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson is among the top acts scheduled to perform, along with Randall Bramblett, Mountain Heart, Rory Kelly’s Triple Threat, Joanathan Scales Fourchestra and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to the heart of downtown. The future of the festival is in doubt after Asheville City Council members announced earlier this year that they had reached an unofficial consensus to stop producing the event. There will be four music stages, two food courts and 140 arts and crafts vendors. Admission is free. MUSIC ON MAIN STREET, 7-9 p.m., parking lot next to Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Emporium will perform in the Music on Main Street weekly summer concert series. CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center

Wanda Jackson is among the top acts signed for Bele Chere, which runs downtown July 26-28. for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Brian Free and Assurance and The Talleys will perform. For tickets, call 524-1598 or visit greatmountainmusic.com.

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Lyle Lovett will perform at 8 p.m. July 27 at Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone.

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The Billy Sea Release for “Global Americana” will be held at 8:30 p.m. July 13 at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in West Asheville. The gala is billed by Isis owner Scott Woody as “another great one featuring local musicians Billy Cardine, River Guerguerian, and Jake Wolf, as well as guest musicians that appear on the album.”

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Friday, July 26

JAZZ CABARET DINNER CONCERT, 8 p.m., Black Mountain Bistra, Black Mountain. A jazz cabaret concert will feature the band Straight From the Heart, including Rockell Scott, vocals; Bill Bares, piano; Zack Page, bass; and Justin Watt, drums. For reservations, which are required, call 669-0816.

Saturday, July 27

LYLE LOVETT CONCERT, 8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone. Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group wil perform in concert. For tickets, visit appsummer.org or call (800) 841-ARTS.

Tuesday, July 30

“TOP GUN” FILM SCREENING, 8:45 p.m., Cinebarre, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville. “Top Gun” will be shown as part of the theater’s annual summer outdoor film series. Attendees are asked to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

Thursday, Aug. 1

CONCERT, 6-8 p.m., Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. Ben Wilson will perform in concert, as part of Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. Admission is free. PARK RHYTHMS CONCERT, 7-9 p.m., Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain. Cedric Burnside Project will perform hill country blues. Attendees are urged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free. MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER CONCERT, 8 p.m., Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone. “An Acoustic Evening With Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin with special guest Suzanne Vega. For tickets, visit appsummer.org or call (800) 841-ARTS.

Friday, Aug. 2

MUSIC ON MAIN STREET, 7-9 p.m., parking lot next to Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. The Crew will perform in the Music on Main Street weekly summer concert series.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

“COMING TO AMERICA” FILM SCREENING, 8:45 p.m., Cinebarre, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville. The comedy “Coming to America” will be shown as part of the theater’s annual summer outdoor film series. Attendees are asked to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

“KUNG FU PANDA” FILM SCREENING, 8:45 p.m., Cinebarre, Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville. “Kung Fu Panda” will be shown as part of the theater’s annual summer outdoor film series. Attendees are asked to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets. Admission is free.

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Review: Doo wop show proves to be a blast By JOHN NORTH

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BREVARD — “The Ultimate Doo Wop Show” appeared to delight the crowd of more than 800 people who showed up on June 22 at Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. The show featured performances of doowop favorites from the 1950s and ‘60s, considered by some as the golden age of popular music. Performers included Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, The Vogues featuring Bill Burkette and Hugh Geyer, The Marcels, The Cookies, Louise Murray — original lead singer of The Jaynettes & the Hearts, and Blue Suede Orchestra. Highlights included the singing and choreography of The Marcels and Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Both groups did a terrific job of connecting with the audience and demonstrated their superb sense of showmanship. Williams was introduced as a long-time musical treasure of the Carolinas, especially a hit in the beach music/shag scene. When he was with the group The Gladiolas, Williams wrote his first monster hit, “Little Darlin’.” Later, with the Zodiacs, he wrote the No. 1 classic, “Stay,” touted as the shortest song to hold that position in history. The Cookies were interesting as an example of a “girl group” from the era, but the trio didn’t exhibit the energy and charisma of the two aforementioned male groups. Later, The Cookies backed up Louise Murray, who didn’t seem to connect much with the crowd either. The Vogues, although boring choreographically, won applause for haunting renditions of “Turn Around, Look at Me” and other hits.

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Tuesday, July 2

PUB CHAT, 6 p.m., Mezzaluna restaurant, 226 N. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. The Unity Center in Mills River will hold “Truth on Tap,” a pub chat with the Rev. Chad O’Shea on matters spiritual and otherwise. A love offering will be taken. OPEN DISCUSSION, 6 p.m. Christian Science Reading Room, 2 Wall St., downtown Asheville. An open discussion on practical spiritual healing and practice also will include selected readings.

Wednesday, July 3

ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOP, 7-9 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. The Rev. Pat Veenema will lead the final session in a three-week class in “Introduction to the Enneagram.”

Saturday, July 6

SATURDAYS AT SIX, 6 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St., downtown Asheville. CUMC’s Saturday’s at Six series will feature The Praise Band and singers leading the music.

Sunday, July 7

SYNERGY 608 GATHERING, 6:08 p.m., Canton First Baptist Church, 74 Academy St., Canton. Synergy 608, a time of casual music and talk, meets at 6:08 p.m. Sundays. SACRED SYNERGY, 7-9 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A Sacred Synergy, Unity’s transormational Sunday evening service, will begin with Kirtan at 7, followed by featured guest speaker Dale Allen Hoffman at 7:30. Following music by the Sacred Synergy band a collaboration of ethnic and tribal rhythms infused with jam-band and electronic grooves to life mind, bnody and spirit, meditation and satsang will be held. Then, guest speakers, a presentation or a film on universal truths will be presented. The service will conclude with crystal singing bowls and silent prayer.

Wednesday, July 10

POTLUCK/DISCUSSION, 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The UUCA’s Peacemaking Group, which has been meeting monthly since 2008, will share a meal and spend time learning about peacemaking efforts — global, local and personal. Its discussions are centered around material

provided by UU, readings, videas as well as personal experience and ideas. Interested nonmembers are invited.

Friday, July 12

SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. An asyet unnamed film will be shown in the monthly social justice night series. Admission is free. A discussion will follow.

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Thursday, July 18

INTERFAITH BOOK DISCUSSION, 5:30-7 p.m., Grateful Steps Bookstore, South Lexington Avenue, downtown Asheville. The IBD meets every third Thursday.

Saturday, July 20

MEMORY CAFE, 2-4 p.m., Calvary Episcopal Church, 2840 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher. A Memory Café is held every third Saturday for those with memory loss and their friends and family. The gathering features fun, relaxation and socializing.

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SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN’S SERVICE, 6 p.m., Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church, Brevard and Glen Bridge roads, Arden. A fellowship dinner and service for special needs children will be held every third Sunday. All are welcome regardless of ability to participte.

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CELEBRATION OF MINISTRY, 10 a.m.,Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A special celebration of the Rev. Chad O’Shea’s and his wife Lytingale’s ministry of the church will be held. The service will mark a shift in Unity’s ministry, with the Rev. Pat Veneema taking over the senior The Rev. Chad O’Shea hugs minister position his wife Lytingale (Lois Hendrickson). She is Unity’s from O’Shea, who will continue as minister of music. outreach minister, focusing primarily on pastoral care for those in )the hospital, homebound or hospice. The O’Shea’s began their service at what is now the Unity Center of Mills River on Aug. 1, 1983. O’Shea led about 1,440 Sunday services and around 120 special services. In addition to her duties as minister of music, Lytingale serves as the editor for Unity News & Views, webmaster and leader of The Unitic Band. She also directs an annual show, “Unity Plays Broadway” and whe writes a series, “Lessons from the Garden,” for Unity News & Views.

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Commentary Redistricting reform in N.C.: the right thing to do By Karen Oelschlaeger and Matthew Hoagland

There’s a lot of noise going on in Raleigh right now. On one hand, the Republican-led House and Senate are busy trying to close out budget reconciliation and on the other, Moral Monday protesters are making news on a weekly basis. One item not getting a lot of attention, however, is a slowly moving proposal to establish a nonpartisan redistricting process in North Carolina. The legislation, HB 606, would in effect resemble the existing Iowa model and require the General Assembly’s Legislative Service Commission to draw congressional and state Senate and House maps based on the 2020 census and follow suit every 10 years thereafter. As Barry Smith recently wrote in the Carolina Journal, the bill would also “...require adherence to federal and state law, including the “whole county” provisions in the N.C. Constitution stating that, when possible, districts should not divide counties. It also would require districts to be as compact as possible. It would forbid drawing districts favoring a political party or incumbent. In addition, it would prohibit the dilution of the voting strength of a language or racial minority group.” Of course, this phenomenon — commonly called “gerrymandering” — is no new phenomenon. Look at the 1992 election after the 1990 census, for example. That year, Democratic candidates received 52 percent of the vote, yet they obtained 67 percent of the seats. Likewise, their Senate candidates that year earned 55 percent of the vote, but were seated to 39 of the chamber’s 50 seats. Similarly, we see that despite earning historic majorities in the 2010 election, Republicans undoubtedly benefited in 2012 from their newly drawn maps; especially on the congressional level.

Matthew Hoagland Karen Oelschlaeger Though this legislation has momentum and vast bipartisan support, its future is not certain. In 2011, similar legislation passed the House but failed in the Senate. This session, the bill risks getting lost in the struggle to restructure our state’s tax code, finalize the budget and adjourn on a timetable in line with executive branch priorities. At their May monthly social, the Buncombe County Young Republicans hosted Speaker of the House Thom Tillis at which he publicly expressed support for this proposal but acknowledged the hurdles it may face. Despite having nearly 60 cosponsors and bipartisan support, scheduling conflicts and the will of the Senate are obvious factors. So why redistricting now? The bottom line in all of this? It takes politics out of the process. If there’s one aspect of our electoral system that should be out of the hands of either party in power it should be their ability to choose the boundaries of the

district they wish to represent. You may be asking yourself: Why advocate for this now when the legislature has nearly seven years to work it out? There are several reasons. First — acknowledging that governmental processes are notoriously slow — let us accommodate our voters and elections managers by giving them as much advance notice as possible that changes are on the horizon. Transparency, accountability; you really can never have enough when it comes to government. Second, did you know that the 2001 redistricting plan wasn’t fully implemented until 2009 due to delays and court challenges? Let us strive to keep the process out of the courts as much as possible. Let our state seek to implement changes that are easy for voters to comprehend and avoid costly litigation. Lastly, as we mentioned above, let’s just get the politics out of the process. With record levels of distrust in government and record low turnout in recent elections, why not instill a sense of equity back into the process of electing our representatives? If you agree, please do your part to help and remember to act quickly. Session could end as soon as next week and the next time this bill could be considered could be years from now. Please write letters to local papers supporting this idea. Call your legislators and urge their vote. Call the governor’s office and ask for his support as well. We believe passing this redistricting bill in North Carolina as soon as possible is the right thing to do. We hope you, and our legislature, will agree. • Karen Oelschlaeger is president of the League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County and Matthew Hoagland is chairman of the Buncombe County Young Republicans.


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Project X? A GE ripoff Shame on Asheville and Buncombe County officials for their shady part in securing Project X, the months-long mystery that was confirmed in mid-June as a GE Aviation new technology plant on Asheville’s Sweeten Creek Road. GE agreed to invest $126 milllion in new equipment at its current plant, pay an annual lease starting at $580,000 and add 52 jobs. GE also committed to protect the 300 jobs now at the plant. In a textbook example of governmentcorporate cronyism, for the first seven years, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville approved incentives that would pay $492,000 a year in taxpayer money, but receive $1.2 million in new property taxes. The new GE jobs (here and at three other of the company’s

North Carolina plants) would generate another $600,000 in state and local taxes. The deal, cloaked in secrecy when increasing transparency is the always-stated goal, includes a tangle of real estate swaps, demolitions and construction. Adding insult to injury, a delegation including one city official and four from the county attended GE Aviation’s announcement in Paris of plans for the Asheville factory — on the taxpayers dime.’ Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy was joined in Paris by county commissioners David Gantt and David King, County Manager Wanda Greene and Assistant County Manager Jon Creighton. The deal might look good on paper, but it betrays the spirit of letting the marketplace determine winners and losers.

The risk of doing nothing

CHAPEL HILL — “We will not be Intimidated or Coerced by Certain Alphabetical Organizations or Committees under the Disguise of ‘Betterment of Certain Groups or Races’.” It reads like the reactions of some North Carolinians to the Moral Monday demonstrations at the North Carolina Legislative Building recently, doesn’t it? Like Gov. Pat McCrory, when he promised not to “back down” in the face of the demonstrations: “Outsiders are coming in and …they are going to come in and try to change the subject. And I’m not going to let them.” Or like Republican State Senator Thom Goolsby from Wilmington, who called the demonstrations a circus, “complete with clowns, a carnival barker and a sideshow.” Goolsby continued, “Never short on audacity, the Loony Left actually named their gathering ‘Moral Monday.’ Between the screaming, foot stomping and disjointed speeches, it appeared more like ‘Moron Monday.’ The gathering was supposed to influence legislators.” McCrory’s and Goolsby’s comments about Moral Monday are contemporary. But this column’s opening paragraph is 50 years old. It was a June 12, 1963, ad posted in the window of Colonial Drug in Chapel Hill. It let its white customers know that it would not be intimidated by the “Loony Left” groups of the day that were demonstrating for equality and the opportunity to be served and seated at public eating establishments. Goolsby is in tune with the sentiments of 50 years ago when he said, “Even Democrat pollsters say these protests are hurting their party and its long-term plan to recover power. Regular people, i.e. voters, tend to shy away from the real radical fringe.” Some contemporary opponents of the Republican programs agree with Goolsby that the Moral Monday demonstrations could be driving away moderate potential allies. And they worry that the demonstrations could provoke McCrory, Goosby, and others in control to take even harsher action. Old-timers point out, as did Raleigh lawyer and former UNC-Chapel Hill student body president, Bob Spearman, in an excellent talk earlier this year, that the marches and demonstrations of civil rights activists in Chapel Hill and Raleigh in 1963 prompted conservative lawmakers to retaliate by passing the Speaker Ban Law. There is always a risk that demonstrations and civil disobedience can be

D.G. Martin counter-productive. Such actions always subject participants to derisive terms like those Goolsby used to describe the Moral Monday participants: “mostly white, angry, aged former hippies.” On the other hand there is also a risk in doing nothing. A cross-section of North Carolina religious leaders recognized that risk last week. Top officials from the Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Episcopalian churches explained their reasons for joining the Moral Monday effort, adopting language from Union Presbyterian Seminary Bible Professor Rodney Sadler: “The North Carolina General Assembly is passing bills that will remove 500,000 people from the Medicaid roles leaving them without health insurance; that will remove 170,000 people from unemployment when unemployment rates remain at historically high levels; that threaten to replace the graduated state income tax with a consumption tax that will adversely impact the poorest North Carolinians who will face increased prices on basic goods; that will force college students to return to their often distant homes to vote or cost their parents their $2,500 dependency deduction, that will take money away from the financially strapped North Carolina public schools to provide vouchers for private schools.” “These and many other bills will adversely impact those who can least afford it and therefore demand a fervent response from people of faith!” Their action and commitment will make the Moral Monday effort harder for the McCrorys and Goolsbys to ignore or deride. Their leadership could make Moral Monday the main rallying point for those disturbed by the direction of state government and give many others a way to avoid the risk of doing nothing. • D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Letters to the Editor

Liberals, conservatives need united fight for liberty

It figures that BIG media is making a “Where’s Waldo” story out of John Snowden’s NSA (National Security Agency) leak case. I mean, why concentrate on the big story of our Government spying on us illegally, when the dumb Americans would prefer an exciting “chase” sequence. And where are the “liberals” of my youth (‘68-69), who would have been incensed about this intrusion into our privacy? Are they all part of the cozy nexus of Big Government, Big Media and Big Business?

For once, the libs and conservatives ought to be united making the case that our government is totally out of control. No matter what political bent, we should heed the warning of our Founding Fathers: “If you trade your John Snowden liberty for security, you end up with neither.” Steven Chase Boone See LETTERS, Page 27

The Candid Conservative

Good government? It beats big government

Conservatives do not automatically reject the importance of government. Per the lessons of history, we do fear the harmful potentials of an improperly empowered government. Government is a manmade system for organizing, managing and protecting a united social order. Left to natural forces, that mission is easily subverted into one whereby the goals become self-service, micromanagement and self-protection. For this reason, conservatives prioritize good government over big government. The former can best be defined as a constrained effort to do a few things well rather than a whole lot of things poorly. In America today we do not have that kind of government. Deciding what government can and should do is a bit tricky. Fortunately, we have the U.S. Constitution, embraced by many as an inspired document, to guide our way. Unfortunately, we also have a host of unscrupulous politicians and citizens who love the liberties of the Constitution, but side-step the equally important constraints. Instead of a government that is doing a number of constitutionally directed things well, we have an unrestrained government justifying its existence by pretending the capacity to address everything. Conservatives recognize the necessity of reasoned opposition to this power grab. In our country, and most of the rest of the world, the voices devoted to political and centralized power are clearly in control. For this reason and others conservatives of the 21st century are dedicated voices for governmental restraint. Like our Founding Fathers, and in contrast to liberal socialists, we prefer our people big and our government small. One of the better means to containing our government is to persistently audit performance toward fulfilling its constitutionally validated missions. Those would include protecting our borders, securing a reliable currency, regulating international commerce, and sheltering our liberties. Those missions were long ago expanded to robbing the labors of some to fund the interests of others. Under this license there is no end to the ways government can extort its citizens. Thus the never ending fight to restrain Uncle Sam’s gluttonous appetites…

The Constitution – balancing opportunity, responsibility The successful rule of law requires a foundation of governing principles. Without this grounding a culture will be ruled by something else and that something will almost always be rigged to the benefit of a

Carl Mumpower chosen few. The U.S. Constitution provides parameters for our system of governance, social order, protection, and taxation. Although some of these priorities are more apparent than others, the central Constitutional mission was to restrain government so we could uplift ourselves. Knowing the corruptibility that exists in a fallen world, the Constitution was designed to be comprehensive and transparent, but not particularly convenient. Its structure points to an intended capacity for adaptation, but only through challenging and established procedures. The corrupt, self-serving, and powerdriven rarely uphold that which impedes their agendas. Thus we find our Constitution under persistent assault from all corners. Those who would discard or distort the elements of our social compass almost always come with a smile, a message of something for nothing, and a compelling argument for practical redress of the limits and liberties enumerated in our Constitution. Some constitutional predators sit on a bench and ignore their proscribed responsibility to interpret law versus make it. Others sidestep constraints and control through legislated fiat. Still others speak of the Constitution as a “living document” – code words for a self-granted license to manipulate its content. In each case the attempt is to sidestep constraints, ignore states’ rights, or assume centralized power for personal agendas – hidden or otherwise. Conservatives are strict in their attachment to the opportunities and restraints of the U.S. Constitution. We recognize the ample evidence that human beings require this partnership of opposing forces and that those who cherry pick or sidestep this symmetry do so generally for personal advantage over the best interests of our society. Conservatives recognize the unduplicated inspiration in the Constitution. We embrace the responsibility of protecting its gifts. We attempt the same enthusiasm, resourcefulness, and courage demonstrated by our Founding Fathers through their creation… See CANDID CONSERVATIVE, Page 25


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On the left

Doing more with less

In last month’s column I introduced the idea of a Zero Energy District — a geographic area in which residents and businesses aim to produce as much energy as they consume. It’s a lofty goal for modern communities that have grown up relying on fossil fuels. But it is clearly where our energy future lies. Specifically, I announced the formation of the Asheville Metro Area Zero Energy District (AMAZED), an idea which has been discussed in small group meetings for the past 12 months, and which held its first public meeting May 30. In order to understand the science underlying a ZED, it’s useful to recall that all of the energy sources on earth derive from the sun (or from pre-existing stars in the case of nuclear power, or the moon in the case of tidal power). Petroleum, natural gas and coal coalesce from the decayed and compressed matter from millions of years of plant growth. So it is really stored solar power. The winds are driven by temperature differentials created in daily and seasonal shifts in the sunlight striking different parts of the planet. Hydropower is available because the sun’s heat lifts water into the sky and drops it on high places whence it runs downhill to drive turbines in dams. It is actually accurate to say that energy is free. The expensive part is in creating the technology to capture it and put it to work. Over the centuries we have gotten better and better at doing just that. Our earliest civilizations were powered with hay for horses and wood for our stoves. Early America was built with horsepower and timber.

Cecil Bothwell Water power was first effectively harvested with water wheels whose power was used directly to turn millstones and sawmill blades, until the invention of eletrical water turbines installed in dams small and large. As mining technology and geologic investigation improved, coal replaced wood as the major solid fuel source and today it supplies much of the world’s electric power. The first widely used liquid fuel was whale oil, harvested from huge creatures that concentrate the sunlight captured by plankton in upper ocean layers. Though oil seeps have been used for fuel for centuries, the invention of deep drilling rigs and the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania transformed the liquid fuel economy (and surely saved the great whales from complete extinction). Such drilling released gas as well, and so that became part of our fuel supply. Wind turbines were initially deployed for water pumping, most famously in Holland, but in the late 20th century they saw rapid refinement into today’s slow-turning, high efficiency electric turbines. As mentioned above, radioactive minerals formed in the explosion of ancient stars, which coalesced into ore deposits as gas coalesced into our planet, is a significant

energy source that isn’t directly attributable to our sun. (Of course, our sun is directly a result of those previous stellar explosions as well.) All of those energy sources are in some sense “secondary” because they are either previously stored solar/stellar energy, or, in the case of wind and water, derivative from solar heat. The new kid on the block is direct use of solar power with photovoltaic cells. Solar hot water heating has been in use for centuries, and is lately more directly used in roof-mounted fixtures, and solar space heating goes back a long way too. (Check out cliff-dwellings in American southwest, for example, carved into south-facing slopes to take advantage of the low winter sun, and with overhangs to screen the highangle summer rays. Today’s green builders use the same technique.) But photovoltaic cells are a gamechanger, providing direct conversion of the sun’s energy into electricity which can be directed down the wires to power pretty much anything we think of as “modern.” Here in Asheville you will soon be AMAZED by a program of the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, dubbed “Solarize Asheville,” which will help homeowners work together to contract, install and pay for rooftop solar installations. It’s coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Stay tuned. • Cecil Bothwell is author of nine books, including “She Walks On Water: a novel” (released this month), and a member of Asheville City Council.

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Duke prof struck low blows in debating Gov. Aycock’s legacy Back in March, the Daily Planet ran back-to-back articles ─ first by Asheville’s Jim Aycock, then by Timothy Tyson, an academic at Duke University. Tyson has verbally tarred and feathered Aycock’s ancestor, Charles Aycock, North Carolina governor at the turn of the 20th century. Aycock went to his defense. Aycock’s article was standard column length. Tyson responded to Aycock’s criticism with a page and a half. Timothy Tyson is a tireless advocate for civil rights. He once took a group from Wisconsin, where he was teaching, on a bus tour of 1960s civil rights battlegrounds in the South. So I should naturally be his ally. But in his Daily Planet article, Tyson is condescending, flippant, sarcastic and abusive. He blows smoke in weak areas of his argument and sweetens some facts to his taste. He comes off as an arrogant jerk. Governor Aycock has been held in high esteem over the decades as North Carolina’s “first education governor.” He supported public schools, both in office (one new public school, it is said, for every day he was governor) and as a barnstormer for schools after he left office. Tyson slams him as “fomenting a bloody white supremacy revolution.” Before we go further, some background is needed. In 1892, Democrats had controlled North Carolina politics since 1876, when Federal troops left. They scared voters that Republicans would bring back Reconstruction and “Negro rule.” Republicans through this period were about 60-40 black. White Republicans were mostly those who had been longtime Republicans. For example, in every election between 1876 and 1896, all counties in the western third of the state voted Republican. White Republicans weren’t necessarily proNegro, as the election of 1898 showed. Democrats had long ignored the needs of farmers – and farmers organized. They first asked Democrats for reforms, but only got mostly lip service. In 1892 their Farmers Alliance formed a third party, the Populists. Madison County’s Jeter Pritchard, a statewide leader of the Republicans, saw the rise of a third party as a Republican opportunity. In 1894, Populists and Republicans agreed not to compete against each other, forming a “Fusion” ticket. And they won big. And they won again in 1896. In those four years, the Fusionists passed wonderful reforms in election law and public education. The Democratic strategy in the campaign of 1898 was unabashed racism. They ramped up their fear campaign against “Negro domination.” They used intimidation and violence to suppress the black vote. And they won big. Fusion was not exactly “visionary,” as Tyson describes it It was political opportunism. And it was not really “interracial.” Membership in the Farmers Alliance, for example, was open only to white farmers (and Indians with no less than half white

Lee Ballard blood). Negroes were explicitly excluded. But the overarching question I have is this: Why did Tyson go to such lengths to disparage Governor Aycock, first in his “The Ghosts of 1898” and then more forcefully in the Daily Planet? At the core, Tyson seems to want a New Fusion to happen in North Carolina – as do I – so he glamorizes Fusion of the 1890s as a glorious precedent. And it is certainly true that the Democratic victory in 1898 doomed Fusion. And Aycock was certainly a key player in that campaign. But only a player, an orator. Others are far more culpable than he in the events of 1898. Was Aycock a white supremacist? Of course he was. I grew up in the South 50 years after 1898, and every white adult I knew then was a white supremacist. My father was progressive for his time in some ways, but he never spoke of overturning segregation. He served on a grand jury with the president of our local black college, and he was amazed that the man was so intelligent. Aycock was a man of his time – just like Founding Fathers who owned slaves, just like the Apostle Paul who told slaves to be submissive to their masters. We give them a pass. We should do the same for Aycock. His record deserves it. Another academic group has this to say about Governor Aycock: “Charles B. Aycock ─ the same Charles B. Aycock who helped lead the White Supremacy Campaign ─ is generally considered the state’s first progressive governor. Despite Aycock’s unsavory role as a white supremacist, he is still remembered and honored in the state today as the father of public education, and there are few counties in the state where one cannot find a public school named after him.” I found Tyson’s vehemence surprising, both against Governor Aycock and Jim Aycock. He didn’t have to be. He could have thanked Jim Aycock for helping him refine his thinking, which Aycock did. I think he responded like he did as a knee-jerk reaction to criticism. As my friend O.C. Edwards (also a Duke man) has said, “Academics are like other human beings. Some are mature, and some aren’t.” Tyson goes from demeaning Jim Aycock to silly pomposity to underestimating the reader. He might have remembered the motto of the University of Chicago: “Let knowledge grow from more to more.” Rather than grow his knowledge, Tyson chose to fight. Gross immaturity. • Lee Ballard lives in Mars Hill.

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Candid Conservative Continued from Page 22

The limitations of grandeur Have you noticed how so many politicians, both elephants and donkeys, love grandeur? Every policy action coming out of Washington is presented with the gravity of the Titanic’s maiden launch. The overuse of high powered adjectives is epidemic. Words like crisis”, “disaster and “catastrophe” are used so routinely to cry “wolf” that the arrival of a real one would find most of asleep in our recliners. It reminds me of a self-deprecating comment made by a friend when complimented on a new suit – “The smaller the present, the more important it is to dress up the box.” Politicians use lofty language to stimulate emotional reactions in their mascots. It’s easier to fool someone reacting out of their heart than thinking out of their head. Real conservatives use both head and heart, as nature intended, to respond versus react to information. Real politicians recognize its small actions based in reason and responsibility, not the grand fantasy that produces results. A fancy political wrapper is a sure sign of a gift you can do without…

Modern liberalism is devoted to division

One of liberal media’s favorite decoy ploys is to accuse conservatives of being divisive. Tea Party patriots fighting to preserve the American Dream are divisive. Republican congressmen refusing to go along with the latest Obaminism are divisive. Christians being sincere to the values advocated in the Bible are divisive. In truth the left’s finger pointing is designed to get the attention off their misbehavior. Liberals routinely confuse a dedication to deviance with a pretend interest in diversity. Try adding your conservative voice to a liberal group’s discussion and you’ll get a quick reality check on how shallow modern liberalism’s range of interests run. Probably the clearest indictment of divisiveness is what’s happened to America as we’ve leaned toward the left. Decades of ever bigger government, entitlement, and cultural permissiveness have served to pit us against one another with a fierceness not duplicated since the civil war. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. Conservative thinkers are advised to remember our dedication to reality, reason, responsibility, and right offers a message of unification the left can’t remotely duplicate…

The ‘Buy America’ plan is thriving

With all the calls for campaign finance reform coming from the left, one would expect the big spenders would be big business. Those days have passed. Today’s dominant campaign financers are special interest groups seeking to secure their selfish interests. The AARP, Chamber of Commerce, and others are spending money like crazy to put their puppets in office. Yet standing tall above all those who participate in this “Buy America Plan” is the biggest spender of all – the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. This union for government workers has one mission and it is not to uphold America. Their effort is to secure the jobs, paychecks, benefits, and pension plans of public employees. Not everyone in America is a greedy self-serving cheat, but more and more we are swapping the American Dream for the American Deal. We all need to take a close look at the organizations we join. We need to make sure that we too are not participating in this destructive Buy America plan. At some point we will run out of things to steal…

Foreign headaches

If wisdom can be judged by the refusal to repeat error, America’s leaders have not been very bright. They persist in political adventurism – wars – that do not merit conservative or liberal support. The fantasy of fixing things with war is one of history’s great deceptions. Defense is absolutely a necessity in a world full of social predators. War, under most circumstances, is an entrepreneurial exercise is a frivolity. WWI, the war to end all wars, brought us WWII. That “good” war left half of Europe under communist control and set the stage for Korea and Vietnam. The Korean War is still going on. The lessons

of 57,000 men lost in Vietnam didn’t last a generation before both political parties took us to Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to those murky adventures, we now have over 100,000 troops dealing with traumatic brain injury. Add the dead, the wounded, and the strained and drained and the message is clear. We should do a much smarter job of containing our vanities and assumptions before we send our children to war…

We still need men of honor

Though the name Fort Sumter readily conjures imagery of war and heroism, just across the harbor, on the grounds of another fort bearing his name, rests the remains of a man worth remembering. General William Moultrie was the commander of the patriot forces resisting the British invasion of Charleston during the Revolutionary War. When approached with inducements by Lord Montagu to desert the America cause, Moultrie’s reply, carved upon his gravestone, still echoes today. “You have forgot to tell me how I am to get rid of the feelings of an injured honest heart and where to hide myself from myself. This would be a fatal exchange from my present situation with an easy and approved conscience of having done my duty and conducted myself as a man of honor.” In a modern world of manipulative politicians, deviants, social predators, crony capitalists, culture vultures, and other people of the lie, Moultrie offers an alternative model. Going forward we are going to need such men and women as much as ever. Moultrie is just one of many to point the way. • Carl Mumpower, a former member of Asheville City Council, may be contacted at drmumpower@thecandidconservative.com

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The upgradest love of all

I’m a single dad of three children, who are my world, and it was a battle to get custody of them. For three years, I’ve dated a woman with grown children, and on our shared birthday (Valentine’s Day), I proposed and she accepted. Two days later, she ended everything via text and hasn’t spoken to me since. She claimed she wants to come first in someone’s life, and my kids and dealings with my ex-wife took priority. Didn’t she figure this out earlier? Three weeks after she broke things off, I learned she was “in love” with an older rich guy with no children and that she’s spreading lies about me to mutual friends. We had a great relationship, and using her words, were “total soulmates.” Now she tells people how miserable she was. Even her friends are confused. --Baffled

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As for why your self-proclaimed soulmate dumped you via text and then trash-talked you all over town, well, some women are into shoes that match their handbag; yours turned out to have a cold heart to go with her cold feet. This strongly suggests that what she felt for you was not love but “love the one you’re with” (aka adventures in mercenary pragmatism). A romantic partner might need to end things with you, but if she ever loved you, she doesn’t turn on you the moment you’re no longer of use to her. In trashing you now, chances are she’s trying to punish you for her failure to figure out what she really wanted and maybe trying to justify dumping you to both herself and her friends. The way for you to go forward is by looking backward. Explore whether you bought into the idea that she was loving and didn’t allow yourself to see the woman she appears to be — one who’s looking for that special someone to take her hand and walk off into the sunset with her toward his bank’s nearest ATM.

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It seems she’s got a new take on a classic soulmate anthem: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, except, hey, check out that old rich guy over there!” What a lucky lady. No sooner did she realize that her current soulmate was no longer working for her than another popped up, right in the same town and everything. The truth is, even nice, well-meaning people can go floating along thinking they’re in a relationship they want until their partner says, “Hey, wanna make it for realsies?” Chances are, your girlfriend long resented your prioritizing your kids but just sucked it up — until you got down on one knee and presented her with the fork in the road. With the prospect of permanence on the horizon, everything suddenly became clear: One road leads to a lifetime battling for your cash and attention, and the other has Snow White awakening from her coma and realizing she could get a better deal. A partner’s use of the term “total soulmates!” suggests that one is either dating a 14-year-old or somebody about as emotionally and romantically mature. The idea of soulmates actually traces back to Plato. He wrote about a “symposium” (ancient Greek for “kegger”) at which an apparently tanked Aristophanes claimed there were once three sexes — male, female, and this weird he/ she thing, round like a soccer ball, with four hands, four feet, and two faces. According to Ari, humans got power-hungry and attacked the gods. The gods were pissed. They contemplated annihilating humanity with thunderbolts and then realized there’d be nobody left to leave them offerings. Zeus instead punished the humans by hacking the he/shes in two — male and female — and after Apollo reshaped them to look like we do now, the gods dispersed them, compelling them to forever be searching for their “other half.” Supposedly, those few who are lucky enough to find theirs spend the rest of their lives making googoo eyes at each other on a picnic blanket while all the other couples are taking turns sobbing into a pillow in marriage counseling or sex therapy. Ironically, back here in the real world, a person who believes she’s your soulmate is actually a flight risk. Social psychologist Dr. C. Raymond Knee has explored the effect on relationships from “destiny belief” — the belief that people have “soulmates,” that relationships are either fated to be or they’re not — versus “growth belief,” the belief that successful relationships don’t just fall out of the sky; they take work. Partners with growth belief think that relationships are “cultivated and developed” over time, that problems are a natural part of them, and that working through them is a way to build a closer and stronger bond. A destiny believer, on the other hand, tends to see problems as a sign she’s in the wrong place and as reason to bail.

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It’s hard to maintain a veneer of professionalism when the plant’s loudspeaker pages you, “Employee #442, Employee #440 is drunk-dialing you on extension 2.” Unfortunately, it’s easy to end up in that situation when you don’t have the usual benefit of a breakup, which typically involves separating once and for all, not every day at the end of the workday. Give yourself concrete reinforcement that it’s over by writing down five reasons you don’t belong together, and help yourself compartmentalize at work by drawing a line down a piece of paper and listing the appropriate behaviors for “Together” vs. “Just work together.” Because research finds that ritual is highly effective in helping people assimilate change (and because it’ll probably be comforting to have a cackle with a couple of friends), maybe have a “funeral” for your relationship and “bury” a few symbolic items from it in the nearest Dumpster. That probably sounds a bit wacky, but acting like the relationship is dead and gone and you’re moving on should help you do just that. According to British psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman, author of “The As If Principle,” numerous studies suggest that “the easiest, quickest and most effective” way to change your thinking isn’t by thinking about it, but by acting “as if” you’re the person you want to be — in your case, the person who’s managed to demote one of her co-workers from soulmate to paperweight. • (c.) 2012, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol. com (advicegoddess.com). Weekly radio show: blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon

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This past March, Asheville City Council members discussed and agreed that the Bele Chere festival shall no longer be funded by the city. In fact, this will be the last year that the city takes on the $450,000 price tag. Many not-for-profit agencies are to be thanked for helping with this year’s festival. In fact, private-sector donations defrayed much of the cost that the city was looking to save. Mayor (Terry) Bellamy said residents are to look to the community for support and solutions to the Bele Chere dilemma in the future. It was suggested that an Economic Development Force committee be substituted for the Parks and Recreation’s involvement in the festivities. Partnerships and grant money is what is to be used lieu of the city’s participation. Citizens are encouraged to look for outside sources, even other cities and towns in surrounding areas.

Prior to this decision, there had been rumors that the location of the fair may be changed. This talk went on for some time. Hearing about cuts and relocation is one thing. Realizing that the city has backed out on us could mean changes on all different levels. People are upset and don’t want change. Now I love Bele Chere just as well as the next Ashevillian. However, I couldn’t have agreed more that there should be significant changes concerning the yearly celebration. Here’s why: Drawing such large crowds, Asheville is vulnerable for criminal activity on a large scale. At the heart of downtown are the courthouse, magistrate and jail house, City Hall, Board of Elections, which could succumb to terrorist-like behavior. In the wake of so many recent tragedies, including the Boston bombings, I’m surprised we didn’t find the money to secure armored vehicles.

It’s been estimated that Bele Chere rolls in about 300,000 attendees a year. The number of tourists here for the three-day gala does not include the already 84,458 residents within Asheville. If Bele Chere was moved to another location, it would be fine with me and, I believe, safer. Assistance from other municipalities and maybe even a new setup/design will help keep the festival running smoothly and adjust for safety cautions (new entrance ways/barriors/surveillance). Fresh perspectives and new subdivisions will keep the ever-growing festival alive. Having outside help will keep the street party safe and secure for more generations to come. I think the “Beautiful City” should welcome any changes to its benefit. Stacy Figueiredo Arden

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