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Stop holding middle-class hostage, 30 protesters say — See Story, Pg. 6

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Some of the attendees of a workshop examine a rendering showing a proposed project that would widen and realign a 2-mile stretch of Riverside Drive and Lyman Street (in blue) in Asheville’s River Arts District.

2-mile RAD plan given positive public response

About 80 people examined a proposal to make changes to a 2-mile stretch of land in Asheville’s River Arts District during a Dec. 6 workshop at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center. Featured were six stations that sum-

marized the history of the project’s process. The stations also served to illustrate the recommended plan. In the aftermath, the organizers said that the public’s reaction generally was positive toward the plan, provided there are bike lanes, sidewalks and greenways included.

The alignment would run through the parking lot of 12 Bones Smokehouse and its outdoor dining area. What’s more, Dan Baechtold, a city transportation planner, told the news media recently the project could involve a total relocation (of 12 Bones) or rearranging how its site is configured.

By JOHN NORTH john@ashevilledailyplanet.com Updates on recent activities and problems — and plans for 2013 — were unveiled by managers of the City of Asheville and Buncombe County during a breakfast meeting of the Council of Independence Business Owners on Dec. 7 at Asheville’s Biltmore Square Mall. Giving separate addresses to the CIBO were City Manager Gary Jackson and County Manager Wanda Greene. More than 50 peopled attended the early-morning session. The report by Jackson and other city officials, coupled with questions by CIBO members, occupied most of the meeting, so Greene, who spoke at the end with limited time, mainly focused on the lingering election challenge over second-place for the District 2 commissioners seat. Greene said the issue has captured state attention and that she hopes it will be resolved soon, so that a full commission can address pressing issues. Speaking earlier, Jackson lavishly praised Robert Griffin, director of the city’s development services department, for improvements the latter has made in that unit. “We’ve been on a mission since 2004,” when it was decided that “we need to fix our development services department,” Jackson said. He commended “Robert and his staff for becoming a one-stop shop,” so that those seeking to make improvements know there is “one place to go” to deal with the city for their projects. Jackson added that Griffin and his assistants “are now creating process — or case — managers ... What we’re going to create is a quarterback — a process manager. Someone who tracks the process” to its conclusion. “This is about changing the culture,” the city manager asserted. “It’s changing the 15 people in the department from ‘My job is getting it right’” to a point where they can report on “what came in, what came out and ‘Did we do it as expeditiously as possible?’” See CHANGES, Page 15

Link between entrepreneurs, investors urged

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AdvantageWest’s Venture Local conference for entrepreneurs and investors drew a large crowd on Dec. 7 to downtown’s Renaissance Asheville Hotel. The focus of the all-day event was on local, social and sustainable opportunities in Western North Carolina. Among the highlights was a keynote address by Michael Shuman, author of “Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.” The other headliner was Martin Eakes, founder of the Self-Help Credit Union, who spoke during the local foods luncheon.

Other program features included: • Concurrent roundtable discussions covering entrepreneurial opportunities in the areas of clean energy, craft brewing and distilling, ecotourism and agritourism, fiber and textiles, forest products, local food and food products, natural products and outdoor products. • “Shark-tank”-type fast pitches from six WNC entrepreneurs, with rapid responses from a panel of funders. • Concurrent panel discussions ranging from financing resources for local entrepreneurs to how to build a successful manufacturing company from prototype to production, to technology and tools to drive competitiveness.

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The event concluded with a farm-to-table reception. Shuman, who opened the conference with his address, prompted laughter from the crowd when he quipped that he bills himself as a “recovering lawyer.” More seriously, he noted the focus of the event and said “it’s heartening to see that the momentum has shifted into this” important area. It is vital that ways are devised to “bring new sources of money” to finance business startups, Shuman said, instead of sticking to what he termed the “mainstream business formulation” of merely attracting and retaining businesses. See ENTREPRENEURS, Page 22

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A-B Tech to offer training for beer, wine industry jobs From Staff Reports

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Layaways payoff surprise

Steve Sams (foreground) uses $350 in contributions from his fellow crew members (behind him) at the maintenance shed at the state Department of Transportation in Cander to provide a surprise pay-off on several layaways a few days before Christmas at the Kmart on Brevard Road in West Asheville. They asked that their identity remain anonymous to the recipients. About $75 to $100 of the total was raised from the crew voting not to have its annual Christmas dinner and instead using the money for the payoffs.

Flat Rock Playhouse gets help to continue From Staff Reports

FLAT ROCK — A financial crisis was averted in mid-December by donors who gave more than $250,000 through fund-raisers, enabling the Flat Rock Playhouse to move ahead with its 2013 season, according to Vincent Marini, the FRP’s executive director. One anonymous donor pledged $100,000 and another offered $100,000, if it can be

matched before the year’s end. The non-profit state theater of North Caolina had accumulated a $2.2 million debt over several years, including money owed on its YouTheatre expansion. Officials said in November that they might not meet payroll and operating costs without $250,000 by the end of the year. The theater plans to change directions in 2013 in an effort to bring in more revenue.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College announced Nov. 28 that the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast could hold classes at the school as early as fall 2013. Pending approval from the state, the proposed curriculum will focus on brewing, distillation and fermentation en route to a two-year associate degree. It would be the only program of its kind in the area in which the hub is Asheville, which has won the moniker of Beer City because of its lively winery, brewery and distillery industries. Beer is considered the top craft beverage of Asheville and Western North Carolina. The program is designed to support the area’s growing craft beverage industry, including production, sales and distribution. However, the instistute also will offer a wide variety of continuing education classes targeted toward people already working in the hospitality and beverage industries who want to improve their skills. There will also be classes for home brewers and hobbyists. Tthe program will focus on a variety of specialty drinks, including beer, wine, spirits and kombucha, non-alcoholic fermented tea. Students also will receive training in fermented foods, and in the business of selling them. A-B Tech’s objective is to produce a workforce for the growing beer industry in the region while preparing for future expansion of the wine and spirits industries. The first year of the curriculum focuses on science-based production, and the second year explores marketing, distribution, sales and management of craft beverages. CBIS Director Scott Adams told the Asheville Citizen-Times that he sees the institute as a “one-stop-shop” for the industry, as well as providing support the development of industry offshoot jobs, from plumbers to inspectors. Adams told the Mountain Xpress that “I think there’s a real run on beer, but the key to this, I think, is the research that shows that the next thing that you’re going to see … is micro-distilling.” A-B Tech plans to offer 24 full-time student openings in the autumn. The school already offers The Business of Beer certificate and “Beeronomics” reportedly has the lngest waiting list of any continuing

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Protesting outside downtown Asheville’s Federal Building are members of the Asheville MoveOn and WNC AFL-CIO on Dec. 10. They called on Congress to prevent the tax increases that will happen automatically the first of the year if Congress does not act.

Protesters push for avoiding ‘fiscal cliff’ tax increases From Staff Reports

Despite rainy weather, about 30 MoveOn members and representatives of the Western North Carolina Central Labor Council/AFLCIO converged Dec. 10 at the Federal Building in downtown Asheville to protest a situation that will result in tax increases automatically happening Jan. 1 if Congress does not act. In a statement sent to the Daily Planet, MoveOn member Randy Bernard noted that the protesters were opposing “Republican intransigence that could raise taxes for millions in the middle class in order to protect tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.” The protest in Asheville, which was one of dozens of similar events scheduled around the country, took place in front of the local office

of Sen. Richard Burr and called on him to stop threatening the middle class with a $2,000 tax increase, as well as cuts to vital social programs. “Republicans are holding the middle class hostage during the fiscal negotiations in exchange for continuing a tax break for millionaires and billionaires,” Bernard asserted. In exchange for a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a series of tax increases and spending cuts are due to begin on Jan. 1 unless Congress acts, he said. Republicans are also asking for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits, Bernard noted, addding that “we’re here at Sen. Burr’s office today, but we also need (Democratic Sen.) Kay Hagan to hold the line against continuing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and against any cuts in the big three social pro-

grams. “Nothing happens to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits on January 1,” Bernard explained, “unless Republicans force painful cuts to beneficiaries in exchange for tax increases on the wealthy, which are going to happen anyway if Congress does nothing. So there’s literally no reason benefit cuts should be part of the discussion right now. Instead, we should be talking about jobs.” The real crisis Americans want Congress to fix is getting people back to work, the protest spokesman contended. Ending the tax cuts for the wealthy would generate about $823 billion more revenue, Bernard said, “and with just a fraction of that $823 billion from the wealthiest 2 percent, we could create jobs for more than 20,000 veterans

and pay for 300,000 teachers and 52,000 first responders, which our communities so desperately need. That’s not to mention jobs from investing in clean energy and our national infrastructure.”

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Fired-up crowd cheers McCrory’s Taylor dinner talk By JOHN NORTH

Spirits were high as governor-elect Pat McCrory told of his aspirations to run a lean and effective state government during the 20th Annual Charles H. Taylor Holiday Dinner Dec.8 at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville. The party faithful were excited because Republicans are poised to take control — in January — of both the state legislature and the governor’s office for the first time in 140 years. McCrory, who will be sworn-in on Jan. 5, is the first Republican elected governor in North Carolina in 20 years. “The first visit I’m making as governor, outside the City of Raleigh, is coming back here to Asheville, North Carolina” on Jan. 7, when the future of Asheville’s water system will be among the issues addressed when he meets — probably downtown — with Asheville residents and leaders. “We’re going to spend a night at the (Governor’s) Western Residence,” a 6,000-square-foot home he has never visited. “I’m going to begin that dialogue right here in Western North Carolina.” Taylor’s gala, charging $50 per person, drew about 1,000 state and local GOP enthusiasts. Event organizer Trish Smothers said afterward that the turnout was impressive, considering the rough economy. The attendance constituted a sharp increase over recent Taylor dinners, but she said the all-time record was about 1,500 people in 2007, when then-GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — among others — addressed the gala. At the 2012 event, the keynote speaker was McCrory, along with headliners Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Forest, who served as master of ceremonies; and Rep.-elect Mark Meadows. Other featured speakers were North Carolina GOP Vice Chairman Wayne King and Taylor, the banquet’s host. Recognizing the many state and local Republican elected officials in attendance, as well as those who will assume office in January, was 11th District GOP Chairman David Sawyer. Among those recognized were Buncombe County commissioners-elect David King and Joe Belcher of District 3; and Mike Fryar and — creating some buzz among the crowd — Christina Merrill of District 3. However, Sawyer took care to note that Merrill’s remains a “hopeful,” since she continues to challenge the resolution of her race, despite a recount on Dec. 6 that increased Democrat Ellen Frost’s winning margin over her from 13 to 17 votes. Before the dinner, nearly 100 protesters lined Charlotte Street, from Edwin Place to Macon Avenue, waving signs — at passing motorists headed for the gala — expressing opposition to legislation, introduced by Rep. Tim Moffitt, R-Arden, that could result in the City of Asheville’s water system, which serves the region, being consolidated into the Metropolitan Sewerage District. Among the messages on the signs were “Hands off Our Water” and “This is a Watershed Moment.” Under a proposal being considered, the city would be compensated $57 million for the water system. In turn, Asheville officials have expressed opposition and, in some cases, outrage, to the plan. What’s more, 85 percent of city residents who cast ballots in in the Nov. 6 election voted — in a non-binding referendum — against changing the water system from city ownership-management to the MSD. Between the salad and the main course, Taylor, an 11th District congressman (1991-2006) from Brevard who continues to wield influence in the GOP, introduced McCrory with much gusto, noting that the governor-elect was elected seven times as Charlotte’s mayor and that this would be McCrory’s first public address since his election in November. As the crowd arose for a sustained, enthusiastic ovation, McCrory smiled and asserted, “Sit down. I haven’t done anything yet!”

ers” who were lined up along Charlotte Street? The crowd laughed. On a more serious note, he said that, despite his jokes about the protesters, “I have great respect” for them for expressing their constitutionally protected right of free

Pat McCrory Mark Meadows More seriously, the governor-elect told the crowd that Western North Carolina was “so fortunate to have had” a congressman of Taylor’s capability. What’s more, McCrory said, “I didn’t think you could get better than Charles Taylor, but you have” in electing Meadows in November. (McCrory’s praise of Meadows drew enthusiastic applause.) “The law of the land right now is Obamacare,” McCrory said, noting that he, as North Carolina’s governor starting in January, and others Republicans, will do all they can to minimize the damage it causes in the state. McCrory also noted that WNC’s other congressman, Patrick McHenry, R-Cherryville, who was not in attendance, also would be working with Meadows and him to shift the state and nation from what he characterized as the current dangerous political path. (The mention of McHenry elicited no crowd response.) “Right now, there’s not a lot of authority given to the lieutenant governor, so Dan and I plan to work as a team to make better use of Forest. As a Republican, I’m real cheap” when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars” — and dedicated to saving money, “so I plan to make use of him” because Forest has many skills that should be tapped. After a pause, McCrory quipped with a grin, “In fact, I think I found something” for Forest to work on at once — “You see those protest-

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speech. McCrory added that “Asheville, especially,” tends to be known around the state for the frequent protests staged by various contingents of its residents — and that that is something to be proud of. McCrory said his team has been “working on a budget” since Election Night, so that North Carolina residents “will know exactly how we plan to spend their tax money.” He thanked those who worked for his election, noting that instead of harboring a goal of simply being the governor, McCrory said his aim is to fix the state’s broken economy and dysfunctional state government. McCrory said he is seeking “talent I can place in state government,” enabling him to “run the most effective, efficient and customer service-oriented government … We’ve got a $23 billion (state) budget” and it is “a very short time to found the talent” needed to manage it. On another project, McCrory said he has formed 13 working groups of “external customers of state government to submit to me a detailed report on what we need to do to fix the problem … The No. 1 issue on taking office is we (the state) owe $2.8 billion” to the federal government for money borrowed to pay unemployment benefits since the depths of the so-called Great Recession — and some strategy needs to be devised to deal with the debt, Mc-

Crory noted. As for Obamacare, “We’re going to make sure it’s implemented correctly” to avoid disrupting the business sector any more than necessary. In wrapping up, McCrory asserted, “Right now, it’s time for a Carolina comeback — and it’s also time for a Western North Carolina comeback!” At the conclusion of his remarks, the crowd arose to give McCrory another rousing standing ovation. After the main course was served, Meadows received a standing ovation as he approached the lectern to give his speech. Meadows said of his election, “This is not about me, but about taking back America.” He thanked everyone for their effort in helping him get elected. With a grin, he said, “For all of you who said, ‘Go up there and change Congress,’ I’ve heard you … We’ve seen the executive branch get a little overactive.” The crowd cheered. With a note of modesty, Meadows mentioned that, earlier, “They talked about me being a better congressman than Charles Taylor,” which he said would be quite an accomplishment, given Taylor’s record. He then briefly joked that there is an area in which he definitely tops Taylor — and that is in driving a car. With a grin, he added that Taylor’s less-than-stellar driving prompts him to volunteer to take the wheel when they are traveling together. Returning to more serious topics, Meadows said, “They talk about taking back the country. We just had a bad president re-elected… Well, we did the job in North Carolina.” (The crowd cheered his comments.) His reference was to the GOP taking control of the state legislature and governor’s office, the party securing nine of 13 U.S. House of Representatives seats and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney narrowly winning the state despite losing the national election to President Barack Obama. See TAYLOR DINNER, Page 8

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Protesters lined Charlotte Street in the late afternoon and early evening of Dec. 8 to make known their point to Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner attendees that they do not want Asheville’s regional water system to be taken over by

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Continued from Page 7 Following Obama’s re-election, “people are saying the conservative values need to be changed” to attract enough voters to win future presidential elections, Meadows said. “I’m here to proclaim from the mountaintops” that he will fight to maintain conservative values. Meadows noted that, so far, he has “managed to get on two (House) committees” — Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Reform. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Meadows said he will keep in mind the large number of white crosses, marking American military lives lost fighting in foreign wars. “Quite frankly, it’s not time for us to give up on freedom.”

To that end, Meadows said he “just got back from Israel” and even though “we think by giving up additional property to Palestinians, we’re going to stop” a potential war. However, he said the same tack was tried on a previous occasion and it did not solve anything. “We need stand up and stand for for democracy — and they (the Israelis) are the only democracy in the Middle East.” While he said serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee “doesn’t get much publicity except on Fox (News) and CNN — and Fox preferably” — it does important work. (The crowd cheered at his preference for Fox News.) However, Meadows said his presence on the House Committee for Government Oversight and Reform likely will be much more in the

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the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County, as current state legislation proposes. In the photo at top right, City Councilman Chris Pelly (third from left with hands on his hips) was among an organizer of the protest. news, as “it’s the only committee with investigative power into the executive branch.” Meadows said he plans to push for probes. “We’re doing the best we can to bring our government back for ‘we the people’ — and I need your support.” Otherwise, Meadows said, “We need to get constituent services back to where they were.” He also noted that he plans to reinstate town hall-style meetings at once, he said. In an apparent slap at his predecessor, Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, Meadows said of holding the meetings — with a note of sarcasm — “what a novel concept.” Meadows reiterated, “It’s all about taking back our country … We live in the greatest country in the world — and we need to protect that.”

Speaking of the American spirit, Meadows told of a 225-man military unit during the DDay invasion of Europe, which was asked to take over a German stronghold and hold on to it for a few hours, when reinforcements would arrive. However, even though weather and other factors delayed the reinforcements’ arrival for several days, the unit had held on despite being reduced to 87 men capable of fighting. “For them, they were on a mission — and failure was not an option,” Meadows said. “As for us (in the U.S. today), failure is not an option” either. “I’m here to tell you reinforcements are coming and, with your help and God’s providence, we can take back this country.” Meadows received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his speech.

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Artist Delhi Fine reads from one of her works during a Dec. 15 opening reception of her “Night of the Living Print Media” exhibit that drew 10 people at Grateful Steps Bookstore on South Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. Wine and hors d’oeuvres were served. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31. Fine’s show is billed as depicting print media in a show of shape-shifted pieces. The corsage she is wearing is an artfully crumpled page from a newspaper.

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The Party Place & Event Center, located in Saluda, will conclude its 2012 season with a Christmas party and dance featuring The Out of Towners Band. The group, with its high-energy show, performs Carolinas’ beach music, oldies, rhythm-and-blues and Christmas favorites. Hors d’oeuvre’s and door prizes will add to the party fun. The huge dance floor will be open for some good shag dancing, couple dancing, line dancing or “just your style”!! The facility will be decorated in a beautiful mountain style Christmas theme, so be sure to bring your camera for that Sound Investment will perform at 8with p.m. Jan. 12 at The Place. perfect picture your friends. ThisParty will be the perfect party for employee groups, co-workers, friends and family.

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S. Korea’s relations with N. Korea, China explained

From Staff Reports North Korea remains an unpredictable — and dangerous — neighbor, while China is pragmatically increasing trade and cultural relations with South Korea. At least that was the word Dec. 4, when He Beom Kim, consul general of the Atlanta, Ga., consulate for the Republic of Korea. He addressed “The Republic of Korea, Its Role and Leadership: The New Economies and Politics of the Asia-Pacific” at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. The lecture and question-and-answer session that followed — drawing about 75 people — was co-sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, UNCA’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the university’s department of political science. Kim was recently promoted to his current position after more than 30 years in government service, including position with Korean embassies in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Besides his involvement with a number of South Korean projects and programs with regional businesses and communities, there are also more than 100,000 South Korean expatriates in the Southeast region with which his Atlanta office works. The WAC noted in a flyer promoting Kim’s address, “As the United States shifts its strategic and economic concerns to the Asia Pacific, it is important to know and understand the concerns, interests, and perspective of one of its more significant member states — a long-term ally, a democratic Asian republic, a modern economic engine and innovator — including its unique culture, history and strengths.” Kim began by noting that this marked his second visit to Asheville and that he was honored to speak to the WAC. He noted that, on Dec. 19, “Koreans will go to the polls to elect a new president — and it could be a he or a she.” Park Geun-hye, the woman, is the candidate for the Saenuri or New Frontier Party (which now holds power), while Moon Jaein, her male counterpart, is the candidate for Democratic United. If Geun-hye is elected, she would be the first female president of South Korea, Kim noted. (Geun-hye, indeed, won the election.) Regardless of the victor, he said his country “will continue to cherish” its relationship with the U.S., which, Kim added, gave up many lives to defend his country

during the Korean War. Kim noted that, after the war, South Korea “had no resources” and its populace generally lacked industrial training However, he added with pride that, today, South Korea boasts the 15th-largest economy in He Beom Kim the world and ranks as the seventh-largest trading partner with the U.S. In alluding to the Korean War, Kim said, “The freedom and prosperity that Korea enjoys today did not come easily,” with many South Koreans, Americans and other allies losing their lives in the fight. He said more than 900 soldiers from North Carolina died in the war. However, the Daily Planet’s subsequent research indicated that Kim’s estimate was overstated, as the N.C. Museum of History reports that 784 North Carolonians died in the Korean War, out of slightly more than 54,000 total U.S. casualties. He also said that the 2008 global economic crisis pointed to the growing economic power of the Asia-Pacific region, which weathered the disruption better than other areas. He said Asia-Pacific “has become a great driver” of the world’s economy and accounts for 56 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. China is the leading Asia-Pacific economy, followed by Japan, which is also the world’s third-leading economy, but he noted that South Korea has several conflicts with Japan. While there has been much publicity about the dispute between China and Japan over ownership of a chain of islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles, Kim said South Korea also is in an island dispute with Japan — over islets known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. South Korea gained its sovereignty in 1948, Kim said, noting that bad feeling toward Japanese attrocities over the years linger today among South Koreans. Besides the Dokdo island ownership dispute, Kim said Japan has not — to South Korea’s satisfaction — sufficiently apologized for the enslavement of around 100,000 Asian girls and women — mainly from Korea — who were forced to satisfy

the sexual needs of Japanese soldiers during World War II. They were referred to as “comfort women” and were incarcerated at outposts known as “comfort centers,” he said. Kim said South Korea is asking Japan to issue “an honest apology” for the abuse of the “comfort women,” noting, “It would be a good first step” in improving relations between the two Asia-Pacific economic powerhouses. Returning to the topic of South Korea’s development, he said, “If survival is the top priority of any regime,” his country has excelled. “After the (Korean) War, the South embrace an open economy,” while the North isolated itself from the world. While South Korea has emerged as one of the world’s economic leaders, North Koreans have a per capita income of $960 — 5 percent of the average South Korean’s per capita income, Kim said. “Despite this economic hardship and absolute need for help from the outside,” North Korea’s government has continued to behave provocatively, keeping itself from receiving the help its people need, he said. Nonetheless, Kim noted that “the South (Korea) will continue to work for peace. He also noted that, in November, China installed a new leader (Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party), U.S. President Barrack Obama was re-elected to another four-year term and “Japan continues to lean to the right,” politically. Next, Kim turned to the topic of “the world economic crisis,” noting the “need to find a new driver of economic growth.” In fact, Korea has transformed itself from a recipient — to a giver — of aid to developing countries. “Every year, we invite about 4,000 people from developing countries for training,” he said. The main reason for the failure of the global green economy, according to economist Paul Krugman, is that it has reach its limit for now, Kim said. “It doesn’t signify that environmentalism clashed with economic growth ... Korea will focus on encourating green growth in developing economies.” He reiterated, “Koreans are mindful of the nations of the world that have helped us. “Thank you very much for your attention and I wish you all the best. Merry Christmas!” Kim said in concluding his address. In a question-and-answer session afterward, someone asked, “With the change of

leadership in North Korea, do you see better relations between” the two Koreas? “Perhaps you need a fortune-teller,” Kim quipped, triggering laughter from the audience. “ While it is believed North Korean President Kim Jong-un was educated in schools in Switzerland, “he’s inexperienced. He’s young, so he storngly needs the backing from the military. They launched a missile this past February. It failed. If the next missle fails, it will be a tremendous embarrassment for him and for North Korea.” “We have to be cautious in dealing with North Korea,” Kim said. Someone else asked if the new leadership in China will benefit South Korea. “I’m a counsel general” — not a China expert,” he quipped with a smile, again promting laughter from the audience. More seriously, he said, “China is close to South Korea ... The United States used to be our No. 1 trading partner. Years ago, China surpassed the United States as our No. 1 trading partner. We have to rely on China for imports and exports.” There’s a growing cultural exchange with China” and South Korea, he said. “So relations will continue to grow between South Korea and China.” However, “We don’t expect any significant change in terms of foreign policy” with the U.S., he said. Kim also noted that he has read reports that China dispatched someone to discourage North Korea from firing its last missile — to no avail. “This could be an indication that China’s influence on North Korea” is waning. For the future, “China, instead of conflict, might try to cooperate with the United States because it has to feed 1.2 billion people.” A woman asked, “After all of these years, do people still think about unification?” Flatly, Kim said unification is remains a goal among South Koreans. However, he said a second question would be if North Korea collapses, who is going to pick up the costs? Given the income disparity between North and South Koreans, he said, “Putting North Koreans on welfare, the South Korean government would have to pay 10 times the amount” as for the present South Korean welfare system.

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Thursday, Dec. 27

BOOK DISCUSSION, 3:30 p.m., Canton Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton. The Canton Book Club will discuss “Asleep” by Molly Caldwell Crosby. MYSTERY WRITERS MEETING, 6 p.m., Atlanta Bread Co., Merrimon Ave., Asheville. The WNC Mysterians will meet for discussion. STANDUP COMEDY, 8 p.m., Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St., downtown Asheville. The show “Bacon and Beer” will feature comedians Mike Speenberg and James Sibley on Dec. 27 and 28. For tickets, which are $12, call 348-5327.

Friday, Dec. 28

HOMELESS PARADE, 2 p.m., Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. Members of Asheville’s homeless community will march from Pritchard Park to Vance Memorial, where homeless speakers will address the defense of the rights of the city’s homeless community and what they contend has been the criminalization of homeless overseen by the city during the last three or four years. WORLD CINEMA SERIES, 8 p.m., The Courtyard Gallery, Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., Asheville. The World Cinema Series is screened every Friday.

Saturday, Dec. 29

COMEDY OPEN MIC, 9-11 p.m., Wall Street

$2 Tuesdays

$2 domestic draft Wednesdays Breakfast Club-Brunch menu served until noon on Sundays before shows.

Coffee House, 62 Wall St., downtown Asheville. A comedy open mic program offers all who are willing six minutes to try to make the audience laugh.

Monday, Dec. 31

CONTRA DANCE, 8 p.m.,Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., Asheville. A contra dance is held weekly. Admission is $6. FURBALL, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Celine and Company, 49 Broadway St., downtown Asheville. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s second annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Furball will give all proceeds to benefit homeless animals. The ball will feature heavy appetiizers, an open bar, music, local entertainment and a silent auction. Dress is semiformal, with cocktail attire for the women and suit and tie for men. Attendees are asked to wear stylish masks, or a limited number will be available at the door. For tickets, which are $75 for individuals or $140 for couples, visit www.bwarorg.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

SIERRA CLUB MEETING, 7:15 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The Sierra Club’s meeting will feature Wayne Coldwell and Steve Woody discussing Cataloochee and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Thursday, Jan. 3

VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING, 6:30 p.m., Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., Asheville. The VFP Chapter 099 will meet. GREAT QUOTES PROGRAM, 7-9 p.m., Smoky Mountain Theater, Lake Pointe Landing, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. The Great Quotes Program will feature Harold Hellickson who will examine Lewis F. Powell’s statement, “No thoughtful person can question that the American economic system is under broad attack.” A $5 donation is requested, with all proceeds going to a general scholarship at Mars Hill College.

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assistant to the president at the University of Toledo. He has served as a guest lecturer at the Oxford University Roundtable Institute in Oxford, England. For tickets, which are $25 through Dec. 31 and $30 beginning Jan. 1, call 335-6896 or 301-8968, or visit editor@myowneditor.com.

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Thursday, Jan. 3

Sunday, Jan. 20

CONTRA DANCE, 8 p.m., Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa. A contra dance is held weekly, preceded by beginner’s lessons at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6.

OCCUPY ASHEVILLE PARTY/FUNDRAISER, 5 p.m., Rosetta’s Kitchen, 116 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Occupy Asheville will host a potluck, which also will serve as a fundraiser for attorney Ben Scales, who has helped many of the OA members who have been arrested.

Saturday, Jan. 5

GREEN PARTY MEETING, 10 a.m.-noon, upstairs at The Fortune Building, 729 Haywood Rd., Asheville. The Buncombe County Green party will hold a business meeting that is open to the public. OCCUPY ASHEVILLE MEETING, 3 p.m., Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville. OA will hold a general assembly and all are welcome. RALPH STANLEY CONCERT, 8 p.m., Don Gibson Theatre, Shelby. Ralph Stanley, billed as “one of America’s true bluegrass legends,” will perform. For tickets, call the box office at (704) 487-8114.

Monday, Jan. 7

WEST COAST SWING CLASSES, 7:30 and 8 p.m., The Hangar, Clarion Hotel, Fletcher. Free beginners’ lessons for West Coast Swing will be held at 7:30, followed by intermediate lessons at 8 every Monday. The lessons are free. After the lessons, an open dance will be held. CONTRA DANCE, 8 p.m.,Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., Asheville. A contra dance is held weekly. Admission is $6.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

TANGO LESSON/DANCE, 6 p.m., Eleven on Grove, Grove House Entertainment Complex, 11 Grove St., downtown Asheville. Tango lessons will precede a dance. SWING LESSON/DANCE, 6:30 p.m., Club Eleven, Grove House Entertainment Complex, 11 Grove St., downtown Asheville. A lesson will be followed by a dance. JUSTICE DISCUSSION GROUP, 7 p.m., Firestorm Café, 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Justice Friends Night will be held, featuring an informal gathering of Greens, along with others in the Asheville community who have an activist mindset and who are interested in talking about

Friday, Jan. 25

CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 George Rd., Franklin. The group Eden’s Edge will perform. For tickets, which are $12-$15, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615

Sunday, Jan. 27

The group Edens Edge will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Smoky Mountain for the Performing Arts in Franklin. peace march and rally, which also will include a candlelight service, will be hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.

topics related to justice. The gathering also is billed as “a social event.” SHAG DANCE, 7-10 p.m., The Hangar, Clarion Inn Airport, 550 Airport Road, Fletcher. The Mountain Shag Club’s weekly dance will feature a DJ. At 6:30 p.m., free lessons will be offered by Paul and Debbie Peterson. Admission is $5.

Friday, Jan. 18

CONCERT, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. Bill Staines will perform. For tickets, which are $15 for the general public and $10 for students. call 299-4171 or visit www.uuasheville.org.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Sunday, Jan. 13

Tuesday, Jan. 15

FLUTE RECITAL, 7:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. The UNC School of the Arts students will perform in a flute recital.

Thursday, Jan. 17

PEACE MARCH/RALLY, 4 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. A youth celebration,

COMEDY SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 George Rd., Franklin. Comedian Tim Hawkins will perform. For tickets, which are $25-$30, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615.

MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST, 8:30 a.m., Grove Park Inn, Asheville. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County will hold its 32nd annual Prayer Breakfast featuring Dr. Taylor Bledsoe as the keynote speaker. He is the founder and executive director of the Student African-American Brotherhood, a national organization that works on behalf of black and Latino males in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities. Beldsoe is the forme vice president for student life and special

MUSICAL COMEDY, 3 p.m., Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. The Water Coolers musical-comedy group will explore corporate life “where 9-5 has been replaced by 5-9 and cell phones ruin soccer games. Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for WCU faculty and staff and $5 for students and children. For tickets, call 227-2479, or visit bardoartscenter.wcu.edu. TASTE OF OPERA FUNDRAISER, 4-7 p.m., Crowne Plaza Expo Center, Asheville. The Asheville Lyric Opera will hold its annual fundraiser, A Taste of Opera: A Mid-Winter Gala. The event will feature a tastiong of wines, foods and chocolates, follwed by a grand operatic concert. An art sale also will be onging. Scheduled to perform are Galen Bower, Metropolitan Opera baritone; Barbara LeMay, New York City mezzo-soprano; and Susan Belcher, Lyric Opera of Chicago soprano. For tickets, which are $50, $75 and $125 (depending on seating and parking privileges), call 274-3361 or 353-5286, or visit mowabc.org.

Friday, Feb. 1

GORDON MOTE CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 George Rd., Franklin. Gordon Mote will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $12-$15, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call (866) 2734615.

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Friday, Feb. 8

MUSICAL, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 George Rd., Franklin. The musical “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed Feb. 8-9. For tickets, which are $10, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615. VOCAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE CONCERT, 8 p.m., Rosen Concert Hall, Appalachian State University, Boone. New York Polyphony, hailed as “one of the world’s finest vocal chamber music ensembles,” will perform. The four men deliver dynamic performances in a wide range of styles — from austere to medieval melodies to cuttingedge works. To purchase tickets, visit http://pas. appstate.edu/schedule/id/new-york-polyphony.

Saturday, Feb. 9

SYMPHONY CONCERT, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, Haywood Street, downtown Asheville. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert, featuring gust pianist Daniel Trifonov. For tickets, visit www.ashevillesymphony.org.

Thursday, Feb. 14

PLATTERS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 George Rd., Franklin. “The Platters: The Legacy” show will be performed. For tickets, which are $20-$25, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Asheville Racquet Club, 27 Resort Drive (off Hendersonville Road), Asheville. The ARC will host the fifth annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County. Participants will plunge into an outdoor swimming pool under February weather conditions. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Sunday, Feb. 17

CONCERT, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The group Red June will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $15 for the general public and $10 for students. call 299-4171 or visit www. uuasheville.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

GERSHWIN MUSIC SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College, East Flat Rock. For tickets, which are $10 for the general public and $3 for students, call 694-1743.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE, 8 p.m., Valborg

Theatre, Appalachian State University, Boone. Walnut Street Theatre will present “Around the World in 80 Days,” Mark Brown’s adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel. Before there were pirates in the Caribbean or anyone was raiding the lost ark, there was Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days,” billed by ASU as “the mother of all adventure stories.” Brown’s adaptation is hailed as “a whirlwind trip filled with exotic locales, narrow escapes and great fun.” To order tickets, visit http://pas.appstate.edu/ schedule/id/around-the-world.

Thursday, Feb. 21

DANCE PERFORMANCE, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, Pack Square, downtown Asheville. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will perform.

Friday, Feb. 22

JERRY SEINFELD COMMEDY SHOW, 7 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform. For tickets, visit the box office or visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. MAYA ANGELOU SPEECH, 7 p.m., Holmes Convocation Center, Appalachian State University, Boone. “An Evening With Maya Angelou” will be presented as the keynote speaker at the 29th Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at ASU. She is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature and as a remarkable poet, educator and director. Angelou has written 11 bestselling books, including “I Know Why the Cages Bird Sings” and her current bestseller, “Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.” Admission is free.. CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 George Rd., Franklin. The

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Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform in concert. For tickets, visit GreatMountainMusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615. FREEDOM RIDER SHOW, 8 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. UNCA will feature “Remembering the Past: Freedom Rider Vignettes.” In the fiery first months of America’s civil rights movement, waves of college students rode buses into the heart of the Deep South, where many were reportedly brutally attacked, arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary. To help them endure, they invented “The Parchman Hour,” a live variety show inspired by radio and television programs. This re-enactment of “The Parchman Hour” brings to

stage what are billed as “powerful oral histories and conversations from the Freedom Riders, including Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.

Saturday, Feb. 23

DAILY & VINCENT CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., The Foundation Performing Arts Center, Isolthermal Community College, Highway 74-A, 286 ICC Loop Rd., Spindale. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, billed as the most-heralded new act in bluegrass music in 2008, will perform in concert. For tickets, which are $19 and $24 for the general public and $8 for youngsters, visit www. FoundationShows.org.


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Friday, Dec. 28

CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 6th Ave. W., Hendersonville. GLC will hold its 15th annual holiday blood drive. All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross Tshirt and a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. Local restaurants will provide light refreshments.

Sunday, Dec. 30

UNDERSTANDING MUHAMMAD SERVICE, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The Rev. Dick Weston-Jones, a guest minister, will address “What Would Muhammad Do?” The UUCA noted that “lots of people speak for and against him, but most don’t understand him. This is an appreciation of the man, one of the most significant religious leaders of our heritage, as well as the community of American Muslims. We’ll explore the relationship of their heritage to our own, how difficult their religious task is today and our role as Unitarian Universalists in that.” Weston-Smith, who is celebrating 50 years as a UU minister, is going into the Peace Corps in Central America. He last spoke at the UUCA about Jesus. STUDY GROUP MEETING, 12:30-2 p.m., Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Rd., Asheville. A Course in Miracles Study Group will meet each week.

Monday, Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE SUPPER/SERVICE, 6 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A New Year’s Eve fellowship potluck supper will be held at 6 p.m., featuring soup, salad, side dishes, bread and dessert. Diners are asked to bring potluck items to share. At 7:30 p.m., a burning-bowl service will be held, providing participants with an opportunity to release the old and make way for the new. Childcare will be provided. A love offering will be taken. WATCH NIGHT SERVICE, 10 p.m., Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 47 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Watch Night will bring in the new year with a service to Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY FIRE WALK, 4 p.m., Center for

Spiritual Living, 2 Science of Mind Way, Asheville. The CSL’s annual New Year’s Day Fire Walk will be led by certified firewalk instructor John Waterhouse. Each participant will be able to use the fire walk as a tool for self-empowerment. To walk on the fire, one must participate in the entire workshop and be 18 years of age or older. The workshop begins promptly at 4. There will be no child Fire walk leader care provided. Knowing John Waterhouse in advance whether or not one will walk is neither required nor encouraged. A love offering will be taken. For more information, call the center at 253-2325.

Friday, Jan. 4

TRUSTING IN GOD SEMINAR, 7 p.m., Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church, 35 Airport Rd., Arden. The church will continue the “Can I Really Trust in God?” seminar series on Jan. 4-5. Admission is free and child care is available. David Smith will present “Can I Trust God to Show Me What He Is Like?” Smith is senior pastor at Collegedale Church in Collegedale, Tenn.

Saturday, Jan. 5

AQUARIAN AGE PROGRAM, 2-5 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A kundalini yoga workshop will be led by Jiwan Prakash (Asia Szrek) and Siri Beant Singh (Bob Bauer). The program heralds “the dawn of a new awareness (that) is dispelling the darkness, ingorance and ugliness of the Piscean Age. The angels are washing their windows. The light of equality and consicousness is shining through.” The suggested donation is $30.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

STUDY GROUP MEETING, 12:30-2 p.m., Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Rd., Asheville. The Edgar Cayce Study Group will meet each week. 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 on matters spiritual and otherwise. A love offering will be taken.

an electronic-ambient musician and sound designer. The event will feature sonic enlightenment via pure electronic frequency transmissions, native instrumentation (kirtan), drumming and sonic bliss. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own noise-maker drum, singing bowls, guitar, didgeridoo. There also will be dance, yoga and meditation. Attendees are asked to bring a vegetarian, vegan or non-vegetarian dish to share. All ages are invited. A $5 donation is suggested.

Saturday, Jan. 12

JOY BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A “Sing for Joy Breakthrough Experience” will be held in what is billed as a transformational day of song with Lytingale and Terri Crosby. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunches. The fee is $60.

Sunday, Jan. 13

SUPPORT GROUP MEETING, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Rd., Asheville. The Chronic Pain Support group will meet to share compassion, love and support for those suffering with chronic pain of any kind as well as for family, friends and supportes. Dawn Westermoreland, a hypnotherapist, will be the guest speaker. EMERSON/TRANSCENDENTALISTS CLASS, 2-4 p.m., Sandburg Hall, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. A class on “Emerson and the Transcendentalists in Concord” will be held Jan. 13, 20 and 27. The class will focus on the lives of Ralph Waldo Emerson, his family, and the fellow members of the loose group called “the Transcendentalists” — Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Bronson Alcott and Unitarian ministers in the Boston area. The class will be led by Paula Robbins, who lived in Concord, Mass., for 22 years and was a licensed Concord guide. She also is the author of the book, “The Royal Family of Concord.” All participants must sign up in advance at the UUCA, and space is limited. COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. Bill Starnes will perform in the UUCA’s monthly coffeehouse concert series. Admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for students. To reserve tickets, call 299-4171 or visit www. uuasheville.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

UNDERSTANDING MEN PROGRAM, 7-9 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. An “Understanding Men” program (for women only) will be led by Terri Crosby. A love offering will be taken.

Friday, Jan. 18

HEALING CIRCLE, 7-9 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A communal healing circle will be held. A love offering will be taken.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

UNDERSTANDING WOMEN PROGRAM, 7-9 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. Ed O’Keefe will share some of the stories from his new book, “Peak Experiences.” A love offering will be taken.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

PEAK EXPERIENCES PROGRAM, 7-9 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. An “Understanding Women” program (for men only) will be led by Terri Crosby. A love offering will be taken.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

HEART-CENTERED SHARING, 1-3 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A program, based on the book, “The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom” by Angeles Arrien, will be held for six consecutive Tuesdays from Feb. 5 through March 12. The course is open to all men and women who are over age 50.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9

HEALING PROGRAM, 7 p.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. The Rev. Pam Hurst will lead a program titled “Quantum Touch: The Power to Heal.” This introduction to quantum touch will explain how it came about and how it works. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken.

Friday, Jan. 11

SONIC SANCTUARY, 9 p.m.-7 a.m., Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Mills River. A conscious, cosmic dance party, Sonic Sanctuary will be a night of deep lisening and sonic transmissions, led by Wendy Bowens of Sp3tronix. She is billed as an intuitive and

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My husband was a heavy-drinking, drug-taking skirt-chaser who worked only sporadically, so I divorced him three years ago. He quit drinking and drugs, renounced skirt chasing, and was constantly professing his love for me, so I took him back on the condition that he contributes financially. He soon started behaving badly. He does no housework, misuses my tools and appliances, and never buys anything or replaces things he breaks, including major appliances. When I bring up an issue, he talks loudly and nonsensically over me. I now say nothing until things get outrageous -- like when he inspects my dinner plate to make sure I don’t have more food than he does. (If he feels shortchanged, he’ll reach into my food and help himself!) One Sunday, he disappeared, later claiming he was with a female coworker and, supposedly, her husband. Yesterday, he retreated to my closet to talk to another woman on the phone while I prepared dinner. Upon emerging, he complained his food was cold. He sees nothing wrong with his behavior, and I’m not supposed to question any of it. Is this relationship worth trying to save? — Upset

In love, it’s the little things that count, like keeping your boyfriend’s food warm while he’s in your closet talking to another woman. There’s apparently a thin line between contempt and hate. The way another man would gaze lovingly at the spray of his girlfriend’s freckles, your boyfriend only has eyes for your dinner -- lest you have .16 of an ounce more mashed potatoes than he does. When he grabs a handful off your plate, you may finally squeak out a word or two in protest. He’ll of course do the gentlemanly thing -- plug his ears and start mooing at the top of his lungs. You only mention emotional abuse, but like a woman who’s always “falling down the stairs” and giving herself a black eye, you’ve probably been living for scraps -- the declarations of love between the abuse, or the declarations you used to get. This has you asking the entirely wrong question, “Is this relationship worth trying to save?” The essential question (about this or any relationship) is “Does this person make me feel happy -- and loved?” And in this case, the answer to that question is another question: “Hey, anybody know anybody who delivers moving boxes 24/7?” As you’ve seen, denying reality doesn’t make it go away; it allows ugly behavior to become “the new normal” -- until you find yourself wondering whether to get a second phone line and an outlet for a hotplate installed in the closet. You point yourself toward happier times by being honest about the relationship you have instead of pretending it’s the relationship you want. This takes accepting that being human means being prone to emotionally-driven errors in judgment -- in this case, maybe because you are longing for love, are loath to admit

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to another failed romantic investment, and dread being alone. Of course, as I’ve written before, there’s nothing lonelier than feeling alone while in a relationship with somebody else -- especially somebody who claims to love you and then shows it by bringing absolutely nothing to the table but a finelycalibrated scale.

Background checks and balances

Say you’re engaged and mutually decide to end the relationship. What’s the socially acceptable amount of time you should wait before dating again? In this age of social networking and constant sharing of photos and events, we’re almost back to a small-town model where people are privy to all our business. It’s likely a guy would see that I’d only been out of an engagement a short time and get worried. — Three Months Single The Internet can make a lot of first-date conversation seem irrelevant. Before you even sit down at the restaurant, there’s a good chance your date’s hacked into your Facebook page, dug up your parole officer’s home phone number, Google-Earthed your house from space and then zoomed in to see how you look weeding in a bikini. But what he can’t know from Web searches are the nuances, like whether you might be somebody who was out of her relationship in her head long before she could, for example, figure out how to divide the dog. If that’s the case, just be open with the guys you date about your circumstances. Some guys may rule you out before you get a chance to explain. But remember the stuff you probably complain about with your girlfriends, like how a hot woman can cause the male IQ to plunge to that of a jelly sandwich. If a guy’s into you, he’ll probably go out with you first and worry later about minor details -- like, say, how your last five boyfriends all appear to have committed suicide by shooting themselves in the back. • (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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Daily Planet’s Opinion Why so unprepared in N.Y., N.J.? Many in the mainstream media have poked fun at the prepper movement — a growing number of individuals who gather supplies, learn survival skills and form mutual-aid groups in preparation for possible emergencies. One critic who lampooned preppers (aka “survivalists”) described them as paranoid survivors of the Y2K scare and other non-events who are nothing short of obsessive-compulsive lunatics. However, we have noticed some pundits have changed their tune following the havoc wreaked by late October superstorm Sandy that particularly smashed New Jersey and New York. In the aftermath, much has been made of how warnings of the huge storm mostly were ignored — by government officials and the residents. While the government — doubtless — could have done more and better, we are especially concerned how few

residents of those two states, where the per-capital income is higher than most other states, failed to take even elementary precautions that reflect those admirable American traits of self-reliance and preparedness. Surely, the rock-ribbed ancestors of today’s New Yorkers and New Jersians are rolling over in their graves following the former’s failure to prepare even an emergency “go bag” for each family member that includes three days’ supplies (food, water, etc.) and other necessary items. Instead, many of these relatively wellheeled people reflected a disturbing irresponsibility by simply looking to the government — or others — to help them. Western North Carolinians seem to be more tuned into preparedness and, based on the frequency of disasters that seem to be erupting in the U.S., we urge all Americans to step up their efforts so they can be helpful, rather than helpless, in a crisis.

N.C. Dems: Following a lead and finding a leader CHAPEL HILL — How are the North Carolina Democratic Party and the National Republican Party alike? That is easy. Both lost elections this fall and do not know what to do about it. It is particularly humiliating for North Carolina Democrats. They have to face a legislature totally dominated by Republicans, who have gerrymandered so effectively that it is hard to see how Democrats could regain control in the foreseeable future. Thus, they are scratching their heads when they hear and read about how the Republicans lost their way and the Democrats won a great victory in November. Or, when they hear that North Carolina demographic trends favor Democrats in the long term. So, what should the North Carolina Democrats do now? One party activist told me they should follow the example of national Republicans and “and get some new leadership at the state and district level willing to critically evaluate our mistakes.” He read that the Republican National Committee has a plan to review the 2012 elections to determine what worked and what did not. Their Growth and Opportunity project will address issues like “campaign mechanics and ground game, messaging, fundraising, demographic partners and allies, third-party groups, campaign finance issues, presidential primaries, lessons learned from Democratic campaign tactics.” Assuming North Carolina Democrats are willing to follow the lead of the national Republicans, what should they be doing? Before they can follow anybody’s lead, they have to find a leader or a leadership group. For the first time in 20 years, the Democrats do not have a governor who could claim responsibility to recruit party leadership. Nor are there senior legislative leaders up to the task. That leaves statewide elected political leaders such as Council of State members Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Attorney General Roy Cooper, Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin, Treasurer Janet Cowell, Auditor Beth Wood, and Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. None of them, of course, has the clout of a governor. But all have statewide contacts and supporters. Marshall and Cooper

D.G. Martin have high-profile positions and have earned widespread respect. Goodwin and Cowell have built good networks and are potential candidates for higher office. Any of them who garnered enthusiastic support from the others would be a good candidate to take the lead in rebuilding the party. The other major statewide elected official is U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. In recent years, North Carolina Democratic senators have not been active in state and local party matters. They have built their own organizations and fundraising efforts. Hagan, too, has her own support group, and she is a successful fundraiser. Arguably, she should stay out of state party politics. But she has more to gain than any other statewide elected official from a strong active party. She is up for reelection in 2014 and her prospects would be improved by an enthusiastic, well-organized, and unified party. Once Hagan or some other individual or small group takes responsibility, the first task will be to recruit and persuade the party organization to select a party chair and executive director who will bring unity and energy to the task. For an example, they could look back to the 1980s, which were also challenging times for North Carolina Democrats. People like current Congressman David Price, popular Raleigh lawyer Wade Smith, and current public relations executive Ken Eudy were recruited to party leadership positions where they helped strengthen the organization and prepared it for a string of successes. For today’s North Carolina Democrats, time is wasting. The 2014 campaign begins in just a few days. • D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

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Water deal for Asheville? Going from bad to worse

The deal stripping Asheville of its water system keeps getting worse. Along with the $3.5 million annual hit to City taxpayers, now Buncombe County MSD customers might also wind up paying for Henderson County’s sewer upgrades. Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County, who is writing the legislation, tried telling MSD that Henderson’s sewer does NOT need $20 million in improvements, as had been rumored. In fact, at MSD’s very next meeting, Asheville representatives produced Henderson County’s own 2009 study on the Cane Creek sewer system. Improvements and expansion to that system will actually

cost $26 million (not $20 million). Once McGrady makes Cane Creek part of MSD, will that be paid for by Buncombe ratepayers? Clue: MSD’s promise that in a combined system, water and sewer accounting would be kept separate, so ratepayers in one service wouldn’t be subsidizing ratepayers in the other? McGrady’s visit led MSD to quietly drop that promise. Finally, after indications that McGrady is considering giving Henderson County a dominant voice on MSD’s Board, Buncombe County’s Bill Stanley summed it up nicely: “Henderson County will be in charge of our infrastructure.” Got your checkbooks ready, Buncombe? Barry Summers Asheville

The Candid Conservative

Watch out for the real cliff

Societies get precisely the government they earn. America’s not an exception. Countries, like people, are only special if they act special. There was a time when that was true for America, but our beacon of liberty, opportunity and responsibility is dimming. There’s nothing special about addiction to entitlement, responsibility avoidance, and dishonesty. One manifestation of our loss of character and maturity is debt. The cliff coming in January is a pothole. The real cliff is $80 trillion in unfunded Medicare and social security promises backed by IOUs. All the money contributed this year (2012) was spent this year. All the past money collected is gone. Unless we borrow it or raise taxes, there is nothing to support those IOUs. To give you an idea of how bad this is, taking the annual income of all the individuals and corporations in America will not cover what’s owed. Don’t worry about ice cubes in January. It’s the iceberg a few years ahead that’s going to do great and unavoidable harm.

A reflecting elephant

Rightfully so, Republican power-brokers are busy scratching their heads and wondering what went wrong. If things go as they have in the past, the lead elephants will guess at what they think will tickle our fancy and go there. That’s why Republicans have a well deserved reputation as been unable to stand for anything. The worst thing that could happen would be for the GOP to decide America’s entitlement addicts are too numerous. And that we can’t win unless we do like Dems who rob Peter to pay a Paul who will vote for us. We have borrowed ourselves into a hole in America. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. What happens when all the promises stop flowing and start dripping? Americans will again be desperate for the dream that once helped us feed ourselves. The left is soon to learn that purchased loyalty is always short-lived. Principles, especially those that will help people stand on their own two feet when Uncle Sam lets them down, will last. That time’s coming – sooner rather than later.

Drafting minorities

In the face of humiliating losses, the Republican Party is being challenged to embrace minorities. That this advice is coming mostly from liberals should be a sincerity clue. In truth, the Republican Party should being doing exactly the opposite. Instead of trying to draft black or Hispanic voters by pandering to their special interests, we should get serious about being the party of the common interests.

Carl Mumpower That means shaking off all special interests, including military adventurism and crony capitalism. Chasing power by seducing voters guarantees a temporary seat on the throne, not a future for America. Besides, black Americans are not going to flock to a truly conservative party. The black culture has surrendered, almost in mass, to the idea of big government as (1) the key to security and (2) the best chance for reparations for past wrongs to their ancestors. Republicans need to get back to being Republicans – that’s a mission of principle, not color or purchased loyalty.

Racial politics

It’s hard to imagine Martin Luther King Jr. would be a happy guy today. Race retains a front row seat in our growing cultural divide. This mischief is championed by liberal media and the left. Why? Because it’s the only way to make sure minorities stay in their corner. Witness the election. Every poll was divided by race. The Republican Party was vilified as being “full of old white guys” who lost because they were out of touch with “Hispanics” and “African-Americans.” Notice who was constantly raising the race issue – it wasn’t conservatives. In truth, the party of Lincoln is a lot closer to Martin Luther King’s vision of America than the party of the KKK. Things haven’t really changed that much since Lincoln, it’s just Dems have a slicker marketing strategy. Conservatives should not pander to any race – that’s racism. We should remember Lincoln, step over liberal racial obsession, and remember melting pots are about blending, not separating.

Killing children

Twenty murdered children. It’s hard to imagine – even harder to explain. The sun had not set on their last day before political opportunists started trying. At the head of the pack were the gun phobics. That’s understandable – it’s easy to blame a gun you can see over something harder to get your hands on – like insanity and evil. You can bet both were a factor in this horrific event.

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On the left

Unpulling the trigger

As anyone would expect, Asheville City Council, along with thousands of other local government bodies around the country, has received many demands for increased school safety following the recent horrific slaughter in Newtown, Conn. All of us share the sadness and anger engendered by a too-often-repeated episode of mass murder of innocents, but those of us elected to local office cannot escape the mandate to secure public safety. That is, after all, one of the principal functions of local government. Unfortunately, Buncombe County’s government has historically demonstrated a lamentably low concern about illegal firearms. A state audit of former Sheriff Bobby Medford’s evidence locker discovered upward of 325 guns missing. Sheriff’s deputies told me that they’d witnessed Medford selling guns from the locker, and at least one person testified that Medford had offered to give her a weapon from that cache. Today, five years after the audit, the Asheville Police Department has still not received identifying information on those 325 missing guns. Concern about disposition of those criminal weapons seems remarkably slim. One possible way to address the question of school safety is the addition of school safety officers. That’s the approach advocated by the National Rifle Association and other gun-sales lobby groups. Such an approach seems to me to avoid reality. At the extreme end of the “arm them all” argument we hear advocacy for putting guns on the hips of every teacher and principal in America. This idiotic idea flies in the face of all rationality, given that even the best-trained law enforcement officers miss their targets most of the time. More wildly flying bullets during a crisis do not constitute a solution. Mass murders at schools are extremely rare, however horrific the outcome of any one event might be. Guarding against extremely rare events with expanded police presence might feel good, at least momentarily, but how many citizens are willing to pay for heightened police presence on a continuing basis? Armed officers have not prevented mass murders at multiple sites. Why does anyone imagine that one more officer at one more school will work some kind of magic? We currently have a team of school resource officers who counsel students and teachers and guard city schools. But that effort is spread thin. To guard every entrance point of every school would require dozens more trained, armed and equipped officers. Are City taxpayers willing to pay hundreds or thousands more each year for such enhanced protection? Are you personally willing to pay $500 more each year? $1,000? An alternative proposed by the NRA is provision of volunteer guards drawn

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Cecil Bothwell from NRA ranks. That sounds somewhat reasonable until we confront the question of liability, and insurance. The cost of liability coverage for volunteers wielding guns is not inconsequential. The NRA has not volunteered to pay for such insurance as of this writitng, and there is no guarantee that volunteer guards will offer any higher level of mental stability than the general population. Other points of intervention in the world of firearms are cheaper and arguably much more cost effective. City ordinances currently ban possession of firearms on city property by anyone other than law enforcement officers. It’s time to enforce that law in regard to gun shows. Gun shows. Whew! Is there any arguable public good served by operation of gun shows, other than facilitation of private sales that could fairly easily occur on a one-to-one basis? Looked at from another angle, is there any “legal” activity in America that’s less beneficial to the public weal? Yet, somehow, gun shows continue to claim rental space on Asheville City properties. It’s long past time to ban gun shows at all city-owned properties, including all recreation parks, the Civic Center, and the WNC Agriculture Center. Even the best regulated gun shows — those that mandate background checks on all purchasers — contribute to the general acceptance of a weaponized culture. In most of the modern world gun ownership is proscribed and gun deaths are rare. But here, where gun ownership is extolled by a radical fringe, gun ownership is extolled and gun deaths are relatively common. We can do better. • Cecil Bothwell is a member of Asheville’s City Council and does not own a gun.

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Conservatives? They come in many flavors I used to think that the word “liberal” was a word conservatives throw around like a firebomb, a word without much meaning, something like what we might scream at a bad driver. But over the years I came to understand that the word “liberal” is an important part of the belief system of political conservatives ─ and social conservatives, too, but with a different slant. The best exposition I’ve seen came from an old friend of mine ─ let’s call him John ─ who wrote a pamphlet on the subject. John attended West Point, but he hated that he was just a cog in a big machine, so first chance he got, he left the military and set out, literally, to make his fortune. He started his own business and today is quite wealthy. His pamphlet is called, “Who Are Liberals?” John is a political conservative, not a social conservative. John writes that “liberals are driven by emotion over intellect.” They “need the security of a group.” He says, “Liberals resent successful people ─ especially those who have made it on their own. There are very few liberals who are successful entrepreneurs or business-owners.” He says that liberals seek low-risk occupations – educators, executives in large businesses, government workers, news reporters and editors…and most women and young people. He sees “liberals” as weak and unlikely to succeed in a competitive world. In this we see that a person isn’t classified as “liberal” by his or her political beliefs, but rather by who they are (like, not a risk-taker) and what they do. This helps us understand Rush Limbaugh’s use of the word. Liberals are a huge segment of America ─ everybody who’s not a go-italone conservative. This also helps us understand The Candid Conservative’s column in last month’s Daily Planet, where he said, “The liberal media was once again successful in transplanting their bias into a majority of America’s brains. That success will be short-lived…. The mismatch between Obama’s confidence and his skills will become increasingly apparent…. Like a hypnotist, Obama and his leftist colleagues have really only one message – ‘we can give you opportunity without responsibility’….He sold a product he can’t deliver. The bill we’ll have to pay anyway will be educational.” Liberals don’t succeed. My friend John wrote in his pamphlet that “where the workers are relatively in-

Mumpower

Continued from Page 18 Don’t believe in evil? Then you maybe haven’t looked into the eyes of a child molester or inner city drug dealer. Are there things we can do to stop this kind of mayhem? No, but we can slow it down. More laws, gun control, and political chatter will not stop crazy and evil. Healthy families, mature role models and spiritual grounding can. There’s one more thing. We all need to matter. The killer found a bad way. Cultures that emphasize good ways will always be safer than those like ours – where more and more mattering in dark ways is considered sophisticated, liberating and progressive.

Lee Ballard secure and have a great deal of incentive to produce,” they are more productive. This is relevant to us because off yonder in Raleigh, a millionaire named Art Pope just spent millions to elect a General Assembly that looks a lot like my friend John. They won. They control us now. And their “school reforms” will make North Carolina teachers into John’s insecure workers. It’s also interesting that Pope’s think tank, the John Locke Foundation, has written negatively about the minimum wage. However, none of this helps us understand where CHRISTIAN conservatives fit into all this. They don’t have the same motivations as Rush Limbaugh and my friend John. Indeed, the Candid Conservative in his column said that the GOP’s revitalization “requires separating political conservatism from moral and social conservatism. There’s a difference. Each is important, but it is in political conservatism we find unity potential.” The pastor of a church I visited often in Birmingham started his sermon once by shouting, “I am a conservative!” But he wasn’t talking about taking risks in business or worker security. He was saying he’s THEOLOGICALLY conservative. When he said “liberal,” he meant Christians who don’t believe in doctrines like the deity of Christ. Conservatives seem to use the term “liberal” most often within the conservative movement itself as a cover term for those who are not properly conservative — much like ancient Jews referred to Gentiles as “foreigners” and “strangers.” Dictionary definitions don’t matter. Certainly the conservative in-group is the intended audience for my friend’s pamphlet (he says liberals “are tough opponents”). One suspects the same is true of the Candid Conservative. I consider myself a “moderate” because I favor bipartisan solutions, but to conservatives like my friend John, I’m a liberal. Oh well, maybe in my children’s lifetime…. • Lee Ballard lives in Mars Hill.

Masked sensitivity

Asheville enjoys a dubious reputation as a haven for liberal weirdness. It’s a target rich environment for reasoned observers – including a dedicated local Tea Party group. True to form, Asheville’s liberal weirdness is marketed as “normal,” while mainstream thinking is ridiculed as backwards. Have you noticed how those pursuing a path to self-destruction and dysfunction can always find a way to rationalize mischief? Asheville’s Tea Party has made national news. It seems they’re holding a fundraiser with two assault rifles – poor timing, but ad-

Ballard overlooked a political fact – incumbents usually win By Ron Kauffman A recent article (in the Daily Planet) by Lee Ballard stating that the Tea Parties hurt Romney was, at best, only partially accurate. It also seems that Mr. Ballard believes that the future survival of the Tea Party will be totally dependent upon people like Karl Rove and the Koch brothers. As noted in a recent Conservative Intelligence Briefing, “It was just two years ago that pundits declared any Republican effort to unseat President Obama a Sisyphean task. Mitt Romney proved them wrong, and he ran a campaign that came close to victory....” The pundits were proven right, incumbents usually do win. However, here are some facts Mr. Ballard overlooked in a national election in which approximately only 50 percent of eligible voters participated – hardly a mandate for Obama or a “deathknell” for the Tea Party: 1. In the U.S. Senate the Republicans lost Indiana, Maine, and Massachusetts. They picked up Nebraska for a net loss of two seats to the Democrats. These results were due in part to the two candidates who not only trashed their own election campaigns with inappropriate comments about abortion, but in doing so, negatively affected Mr. Romney in those states. 2. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats needed 25 seats to re-take the House. They were only able to net eight seats. 3. In North Carolina, the Tea Party clearly helped Romney win the state, and elected Republicans in an overwhelming majority of the political contests, and we did so without one dime from any billionaires. How does that indicate a group’s future irrelevancy? It remains to be seen how President Obama will govern during his next term. But if he holds true to form, he’ll push America toward becoming more like Europe. He’ll also fail to address spending and entitlements, the largest drivers of our fiscal problems. It may not be too long before the tea partiers, whom Mr. Ballard sees as irrelevant, once again rally to help elect a majority of conservative leaders in all three branches of government to put America back on a sustainable course of survival. Not too long ago, people just like Mr. Ballard predicted that women would never be given the right to vote, nor would blacks in America be treated as equals. Hard-fought battles are rarely won in a single skirmish. For Mr. Ballard to say that the Tea Party is filled with oddballs while overlooking

ditional criticisms are nonsense. The left is incensed at Tea Party insensitivity. Really? The liberal media has trampled over one another to milk the recent school shooting tragedy to the last drop. Gun-phobic politicos have busted their teeth on microphones in a rushed call for gun control. How are these exploitations less sensitive than a Tea Party fundraiser? They aren’t – but they are exempt from scrutiny by masked media outlets. • Carl Mumpower, a former member of Asheville City Council, may be contacted at drmumpower@thecandidconservative.com

such luminaries as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden is as ludicrous as his statement that “Republicans will never win the Electoral College with a far-right message.” Never, really? The Tea Party movement is in its infancy, less than five years old. To be dismissed outright by anyone underestimates the power of dedicated groups of individuals, and I believe Mr. Ballard will see the results of that dedication in future election outcomes. • Ron Kauffman, chairman of TEA Party of Henderson County, may be reached at 696-9799.

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How do we deter the evil and insane? By Bill Fishburne

I find it hard to think about the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., without having difficulty catching my breath. It makes me want to cry and, at my age, I might be forgiven for so doing. But tears and knee jerk reactions aren’t going to solve the problem. As we know it today, subject to change as more information is discovered and released, a 20-year old male with social issues stole legally owned guns from his mother, killed her, then went to the school and committed the most heinous crime imaginable: He murdered innocent children. That has been a favorite tactic of tyrants and mass murderers through the ages. From Japanese soldiers in China throwing babies from their bayonets, to Saddam Hussein using nerve gas on Kurdish villagers, men have killed the most innocent for any and no reason. So what do we do? The only solution for the Japanese was World War II. It took a few years but when the aggressor finally attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor our pacifists shut up. Many actually got religion. We had a war, 400,000 Americans died (both theaters) and Japan today is one of our staunchest allies. The killings at Sandy Hook have brought the battle between gun control-

lers and the pro-gun supporters of the 2nd Amendment into conflict again. So what is the truth? Are mass murders by guns an epidemic? Can we eliminate guns and put an end to it? Should we repeal or otherwise abrogate the 2nd Amendment? Ezra Klein, a left-leaning columnist for The Washington Post, recently wrote a column titled “12 things you should know about guns and mass shootings in the U.S.” In his opening paragraph he admits that his column is a form of politicization of the issue. But of his 12 items only four tend to support more gun restrictions. Four others are measures of public opinion and two are simple surveys that show various social issues can lead to gun violence no matter where the shooter lives. The other two items are essentially irrelevant. What’s missing in Klein’s complex and nuanced column is any discussion of how many instances of violence are prevented by guns each year versus those that a committed with guns by criminals. This blinders-on study is unfortunately typical of those produced by otherwise rational anti-gun activists. In 1986, researcher and highly regarded physician Dr. Arthur Kellerman produced the first of a series of studies that individually and in summary dammed the keeping of guns in the home. Kellerman’s initial report claimed that guns in a home were 43 times more likely to be used to kill or injure a family member

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Asheville Tea PAC released the following statement by Jane Bilello, its chair, to the Daily Planet on Dec. 18. • By JANE BILELLO Why are we going ahead with the Great Gun Giveaway? The horror at Sandy Hook Elementary is beyond comprehension. Our hearts are broken and our nightmares renewed at such senseless loss of precious life. We are sickened that this could happen. How can this tragedy and the other massacres that have taken place be prevented? How can we protect ourselves and the most innocent among us from the deranged and the murderous evil minds that prey upon the defenseless? Is gun control the answer? In 1994, The Gun-Free Schools Act was passed and implemented in 1995. Since the Gun-Free School Zone Act there has been a 370 percent increase in the rate of school shooting deaths. Yet, the United States homicide rate has decreased by 14 percent since GFSZA was enacted. Why is the murder rate decreasing where conceal carry laws are in place, but those murdered on educational property has quadrupled where guns are banned? Areas where victims are disarmed attract violent predators. The data from the Gun-Free Schools Act bears this out. Why is it that these mass murders occur in Gun Free Zones? Recent memory includes Columbine, Virginia Tech, the Aurora Theater, and now Sandy Hook. They are rural, unprotected, and Gun Free Zones. Ever wonder why the schools in the worst neighborhoods in our inner cities do not fall victim to mass murderers? They would be met with metal detectors

and armed guards. They wouldn’t get very far. The evil minded and the deranged pick easy targets – the disarmed - to do the most damage. They do not obey Gun Free Zone signs. They do not obey gun control laws. They acquire guns illegally. There are current laws that prohibit the mentally unfit from owning a gun, yet those with the intent of causing mayhem, find a way. More gun control is not the answer. And, in case you have forgotten, you have a right to protect yourself, your property, and those in your care. So, why are we, as a society, not having an honest conversation and a debate about the effectiveness of gun control? Why do we blame all gun owners for the act of one deranged person? Guns are how we avoid talking about the dark side of human nature that will never be eradicated. The best we as individuals can do is to protect ourselves and those we hold dear. We have given the Federal Government permission to disarm school officials by force of law and threat of imprisonment. They are now incapable of defending the children under their care. This is the reality. Does this not need to be changed? To clear up the misconceptions regarding ATPAC’s gun raffle: We encourage responsible gun ownership: The gun raffle was put in place weeks ago. Capitol Pawn owns the guns. ATPAC does not. We are asking for donations to buy a ticket for a chance to win. The proceeds will go to pay for the guns that Capitol Pawn owns. The remainder of the proceeds will be put aside for candidates for office who support our principles. The winner must also fill out the proper paperwork at Capitol Pawn and go through the

than a home intruder. In 1993, Kellerman revised that figure to 22 times more likely. A later revision brought the figure down to 18. Kellerman’s flaw (and he is admittedly biased against guns) was that he only studied situations in which the gun was actually fired against the intruder. Law enforcement statistics show that “only .1 % to .2% of defensive gun usage involves the death of the criminal. Any study, such as this, that counts criminal deaths as the only measure of the protective benefits of guns will expectedly underestimate the benefits of firearms by a factor of 500 to 1,000.” (Dr. Edgar A. Suter, Journal of the Medical Society of Georgia, “Guns in the Medical Literature-A Failure of Peer Review," March 1994, p. 134.) In the face of his biased “research,” Kellerman’s taxpayer-funded National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a branch of the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, was specifically de-funded by the House in 1996. The funds were immediately restored by the Senate in a compromise that states no CDC funds will ever again be used to support gun control issues. As for what could or should be done about mass school and theater shootings (Sandy Hook, Aurora), my thought is simply this. The Constitution doesn’t grant rights it only affirms them. The right to self defense, in any form, is as clearly God-

given as are a man’s fists. And just as you don’t take just your fists to a knife fight, you don’t take your knives to a gunfight. Self defense, and the right to keep and bear arms, is fundamental to a free society. When we declare any zone to be gunfree, from our borders to our universities, theaters and schools, we are simply defining the killing ground for those with evil in their hearts and demons in their minds. Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, the heroic, unarmed female principal of the school is said to have attacked the murderer of her children with her bare hands, with all her fury. She was shot and killed. What would have happened if she, and perhaps other trained and qualified teachers, had been in possession of their own guns? As we pray for those who died and for those who have suffered such grievous loss, we should also pray for wisdom in determining our future. Will be become an unarmed people subject to government and criminal tyranny, or shall we recognize that just as our airports are protected from terror, so must we accept the responsibility of active deterrent in our schools. • Bill Fishburne is a Realtor living in Hendersonville. He served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces A-Team leader 1968-1970 and is a Life member of the National Rifle Association.

Reasons given for go-ahead with gun giveaway legal process. If any of the criteria are not met, another winner will be chosen. Though this raffle went public Monday, 12/17, tickets have been selling word of mouth for more than a week, even before the tickets were printed. ATPAC decided to go through with this raffle at this time because everyone is paying attention. We refuse to allow the Left and the Liberal mindset to once again hijack the conversation as they have and allow the political hacks to pass laws that continue to limit our inalienable right to protect ourselves and the most defenseless among us. The deranged gunman may have shot his way into that Gun Free School Zone, but

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Continued from Page 1 “If the only way to hold onto a business is through a bribe,” then there is a problem, Shuman said of incentives that are offered. Among ways to hold onto businesses, he said, are maximizing the jobs “in our economy in locally owned businesses — maximize local ownership.” He also suggested maximizing the degree of local self-reliance. For example, he said if one spent $100 on a book from a chain, such as Borders, most of that money leaves the community. However, if the same $100 is spent at a local bookstore, it results in three times the jobs, income and other wealth benefits in the community. “The reason for this is simple — the local business spends more money locally. “With two businesses — one locally owned, one not — it’d be very unusual to get more impact from a national business.” He added, “Locally owned businesses are what we should be focusing on for local business development.” A study reported two years ago in the Harvard Business Review noted that “percapita income growth is directly correlated with small local businesses.” Shuman prompted laughter from the crowd when he aserted, “You cannot create a walkable city with a big-box hell-hole.” Other reasons local ownership matters for Main Street America, he said, include smart growth, tourism, entrepreneurism, public health, civil society and political participation. “Rule No. 2,” Shuman said, is to “maximize local self-reliance. If you focus on nurturing a big universe of local businesses, you’ll naturally” reap the economic benefits locally. “Local economic development is the best way to participate in the global economy,” he noted. Shuman then gave the example of a “dead-end” Austrian town that blossomed by focusing on green energy. As a result, “This 3,000-person town created 50 new businesses and create 1,000 jobs.” He also cited the example of Zingerman’s, a successful U.S. bakery that “decided that, rather than growing broad, they’d grow deep.” The company’s leadership decided to go into related ventures, including a bakehouse, creamery and mail-order firm. The independently owned business now provides 550 jobs with sales exceeding $50 million annually, Shuman said. “But traditional economic development” theory would have taken Zingerman’s on a different tack that likely would not have been successful — or beneficial to its local community. A key to prosperity “is to spread triple bottom line businesses.” Turning to another big issue, he asked, “Can local compete? “If it were really true that locally owned businesses are providing non-competitive goods and services,” then there would not be a case to be made. However, he said that is not the situation. He cited a recent series of stories in The New York Times showing that “the vast majority of development money goes to nonlocal businesses ... One thing it’s done is make local businesses less competitive.” “Despite that, look how well local businesses have done. Can you imagine how well it (the local business sector) would do without this subsidy?” Shuman spoke of the profitability of sole proprietorships, noting they are three times more profitable than that of “C” corporations. “Wait till we hit $500/barrel oil,” he said. “Three quarters of what we purchase in goods are non-durable goods,” which is “why global is becoming less competitive ...

This is one reason the local food movement is taking off — growing energy costs.” To business development groups, Shuman said, “All we (the small business sector) needs is for you to stop tilting the

playing field toward non-local businesses.” He then asked, “How many of you bought something made locally in the last week?” Most hands were raised. “How many bank locally at a bank or credit union?” Fewer hands went up. “How many invest in local pensions?” Very few hands were raised.

Shuman said it was “outrageous” that so few people are investing in their local pensions, noting that “this makes absolutely no sense.” After reviewing a number of other options to increase local investment, he emphasized that it is vital for the economy to get “local investment movement.”


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