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issue that is oft ignored at the peril of all of us. All of the points raised I believe to be true, and items that should be given serious attention by those who are in charge of our daily well-being and quality of life. Even if some members of society don’t have sufficient humanity within themselves to grant it to others, perhaps they have the intelligence to at least be self-protective enough to support measures that will maintain a healthy environment. — Susan Cohen Weaverville

you forgoT mobILe crIsIs managemenT I'm very surprised that Mobile Crisis Management was not listed in the July 11 Wellness article, "Lifesavers.” MCM will provide on-site crisis management to prevent hospitalization or out-of home placement for children and adults in crisis. MCM provides 24/7 on-call, telephone and/or faceto-face crisis support, every day of the year. MCM involves all support services and treatments necessary to provide integrated crisis response, stabilization and prevention activities. There is no cost to the caller for the service. MCM serves Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania and Yancey counties. Mobile Crisis Management can be contacted at 888573-1006. — Ted Hughes Mobile Crisis Management Asheville Editor’s response: Thank you for pointing out the service this organization provides. We focused on suicide prevention in “Lifesavers,” but regret omitting the Mobile Crisis Center.

pubLIc-InpuT meeTIng for The bId Was a farce I attended the so-called "public-input meeting" for the BID on July 17, and was very disappointed. This was a ruse set up by the city on its terms. Upon walking in I was asked to fill out some background info, because apparently it matters if I am a business or property owner or just a resident (there was no space for downtown employees or patrons). Then I moved into the main room where I expected to see a public forum getting started; instead I walked into a room lined with info tables that explained the process of forming a BID or gave examples of other cities that already had BIDs in place. There were also two or three tables where I could participate in questions like, "What should the role of the Downtown Ambassadors be?" and "How should the BID board members be selected?" These are obviously loaded questions that assume the BID will be approved by City Council in September. There was no space for actual input on alternatives or for voices that were simply against the BID.

I stayed for about an hour and only saw two members of City Council there, Mark Hunt [and Jan Davis]. I wasn’t in the mood to try to be civilized so I didn’t bother to speak with Hunt. Davis ... doesn’t have anything do with the BID in the end; his voice in city affairs (legally) is only as strong as any other member of the general public at this point. At some point a few people walked in wearing “Ambassador” ribbons and I was elated. It was great seeing house-less and/ or traveling people empowering themselves, but then I found out the truth. These people were told they would be compensated for showing up at the meeting, with a pack of cigarettes. I do not approve. (Apparently they were never actually given their smokes either.) I can only assume this was a stunt pulled by someone who is actually for the BID. The idea of showing off Asheville’s “problem” in the middle of a meeting that is implicitly there to eliminate such people from the eyes of our beloved tourists. — Matthew Burd Asheville

bees or Wasps aT sWannanoa rIVer? One Sunday afternoon I was walking the Swannanoa River path near Warren Wilson College. Walking in I had no problems, but coming back down the path I was stopped by two guys and a little girl warning me to stop where I was because there were a bunch of bees near me. I took a few steps back and looked up into the trees and I saw a huge nest with some kind of large, angry swarm around it. Not sure how I passed them unscathed while strolling leisurely in. Maybe something made them angry while I was up the trail. In any case, I had to sprint past them to get out and they still chased us all the way down the trail. I ended up with six or seven good-sized welts. They were so incredibly aggressive, and the nest was so strange looking, it made me wonder what they were. If anyone out there saw the nest and knows what kind of insect they are, I would be most grateful to have my curiosity satisfied. — Jarrett Leone Asheville

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