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I drive. I bike. I walk. Bicycles are legally allowed on 99 percent of sidewalks. Pedestrians can cross streets at crosswalks against the light. Does this mean that a bike can act as a pedestrian and cross a street against a light, especially if there is no oncoming traffic? Legally, if the person is walking the bike, then yes. What’s the difference? Cars pass bikes most of the time. That’s okay. Why is it wrong for a bike to pass cars that are stopped? Also: Honking your horn at a bike actually increases the likelihood of the bike having an accident. Bicyclers visually perceive exactly what is on the road more acutely than motorists. We sometimes suddenly veer if we see glass, sand or other hazards. A gust of wind can blow a biker so that we have to struggle to keep control. That’s normal. I pay my city, county, state and federal taxes both because I own and operate a motor vehicle and because I pay property taxes, sales tax etc. Yes, I’ve seen too many bicyclists act rude, dangerous and indifferent. I’ve witnessed far more motorists misbehave much more frequently. A bicyclist who is dangerous puts their own life at risk. A driver who misbehaves risks committing murder. ... My conclusion is that it’ll take motorists murdering and injuring more bicyclists before we gain our rights to the road. The legal system and law enforcers are no help. (P.S. Fellow bikers, please wear white or reflective clothing and lights at night: I can’t see you if you’re dark.) — Andrew Weatherly Asheville
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“Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” — or, in my case, a secret Santa. On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 20, I tried to dig out my van (which was parallel parked on Page Avenue in downtown Asheville) from the foot-and-a-half of snow chunks pushed up by the snowplow. My only snow-removal tool was a board, which worked pretty well, but my back started to hurt and I gave up. A friend came by with her dog and we went for a walk. When we returned, I was surprised to see that someone had finished the job for me, apparently with a real shovel. What a wonderful gift! Later, a neighbor said she’d seen a tall skinny man shoveling here and there near our building (the Battery Park Apartments). Was he my secret Santa? Whoever it was: Thank you, kind person! And to everyone: Never underestimate the power of small acts of kindness. They go a long way toward creating peace in our hearts, our communities and our weary world. Happy holidays! — Kathleen Crow Asheville
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A vegetarian farmer for local animal agriculture I am a farmer of 25 acres with seven cows, a few goats and chickens. I am a vegetarian and plan to sell an older milk cow for meat this coming spring and bring sheep onto the farm as well. I take a strong interest in expanding the local food economy. In the debate for and against meat consumption, I take an approach based on the landscape and climate I observe in the Southern mountains: It’s very steep, universally forested and very rainy. A brief history: Commercial agriculture has always been marginal in Western North Carolina. Before anything local was marketable just by being local, tobacco was the farm’s cash crop. Before that, corn was, for a time, grown as a fattening fodder for the hordes of livestock driven through WNC from east Tennessee to Spartanburg. The result of plowing for corn and tobacco on steep hills in a climate of year-round rainfall caused a period of incredibly destructive soil erosion. On my farm, I walk past big gullies in the young forests every day and observe topsoil barely one-inch thick in parts of the pasture. With this in mind, I believe keeping steep farms in grass and, thus, in animal agriculture, is a good
option to mitigate erosion of steep land. Also, as a farmer without machinery, I appreciate the ease of raising animals compared to the hard labor of growing, weeding and harvesting crops. Unless more vegetarian people are interested in becoming intensive farmers and terracing hilly land to prevent soil erosion, I don’t imagine there will be or even should be a shift toward plowing hilly land for local crops. Though I am a vegetarian, I do not preach vegetarianism. I suppose that’s because I know people who really love their meat, and that demand for good meat is not going to decline. Bottom line: I believe local, grass-based animal agriculture is a plus for our climate and landscape and that feedlot farms are terribly destructive. But there is a question we might ask: Is there a line between big feedlot farms and local farms that import most their animal feed? Should I feel ill-at-ease feeding my livestock a little bit of distant grain? Probably, though I am happy that they derive most of their food (rotationally) grazing on seasonal grasses, clovers and pasture weeds that enrich the soil of my Appalachian hill farm. — James Geoffrey Steen Marshall
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Save America: Mind our own business, not others’ I was just curious as to what has happened in this great country of ours. I remember those carefree days of my youth when the biggest thing you had to worry about was being home before dark. We were told to stay away from strangers. When we did something wrong we were punished, and yes, sometimes spanked or smacked. These were the common things of life when I was growing up. Now I can’t help but wonder what has happened to our way of life as Americans. These days people seem to be too busy worrying about what everyone else is doing, and not spending their time worrying about their own problems. Little Jimmy can’t say grace over his food for fear of offense, and little Sally can’t bless her food with whatever non-Christian belief she has, for fear of offense. Parents can’t spank or bathe their children for fear of being child abusers. … Then, of course, there’s been the latest fiasco about herbivores versus carnivores. My question is simple: Who cares? Why does it matter whether I eat meat or vegetables? I saw blame being cast for global warming; sorry, but I think we are responsible for that. Who cares if you eat transfats, smoke cigarettes or drink liquor? As long as you don’t start driving drunk, killing your fellow man or robbing the local grocer for that fatty deliciousness, I do not see how you are doing anything wrong. Furthermore, I really fail to see how it’s any of your business what I choose to eat or drink, how I raise my children, or what faith I believe. The time has come to start opening your eyes and looking at what we as a nation our doing to ourselves. We have stripped away our own moral fibers and we have started to worry more about what our fellow man is doing than we do about our own families. It’s time to stop worrying about everything everyone else is doing and start living our own lives again. — Josh Mallernee Asheville
Another military-industrial president in progressive garb The best possible spin on Obama’s plan to kill
thousands of ... Afghans is that he’s a captive of our military-industrial complex. It may be political — and maybe personal — suicide to oppose the complex. The worst spin is that Obama believes that killing, maiming and impoverishing more people will create a friendlier Afghanistan. And that he’s following Dick Cheney’s scheme to establish American hegemony in many Middle Eastern countries, so that we can preserve our oil-based, ecology-killing, fast economic growth. Regardless, Obama should know that any American-backed solution to Afghanistan’s agony will be quickly demolished, should we ever withdraw our troops from there. Most Afghans hate us for the horrendous destruction and suffering we’ve inflicted upon their land. Our thousands of bunkerbusting smart bombs, heartless predator drones and door-smashing house invasions have created a public-relations situation similar to the story told in Apocalypse Now, in which Americans inoculated a Vietnamese tribe against some disease but the villagers then cut off their arms. Those Afghans who smile for our cameras are doing so because we have our awesome arsenal pointed at their heads. The sad truth is that we progressives who voted for Obama with fervent hope in our hearts actually voted for what in practice has become the latest disguise of the military-industrial complex. He is their black camouflage. And if you believe Obama’s withdrawal promises, I have some bundled, subprime mortgages to sell you. Perhaps what’s left for progressives is to stage yet another march on Washington and try to symbolically wash our hands of Obama’s bloodthirsty policies. But for whom should we vote in 2012? Nader? Which means the Republicans might win and invade Iran, or worse. Maybe it’s impossible to restrain our corporate/Pentagon overlords. But we might as well keep working at it because it’s the only meaningful politics around. — Bill Branyon Asheville
Talking peace, preparing for war The juxtaposition of President Obama’s receiving a Nobel Prize for peace and his decision to continue the war in Afghanistan and send 30,000 more troops there brought to my mind one of Berthold Brecht’s searing statements: “When the generals talk peace, they are preparing for war.” — Eileen Walkenstein Asheville
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news A lot to say … The year in quotes from Mountain Xpress articles, commentaries and online posts For Western North Carolina, 2009 showed no shortage of challenges and feats, setbacks and advancements, wins and losses. Like the rest of the nation, we struggled with a dismal economy, even as some old and new businesses managed to keep their heads above water. We withstood droughts, deluges and the biggest snowstorm in years. We (some of us, anyway) debated municipal-government candidates and went to the polls to choose new slates of local leaders. We even managed to carve out some carefree times, basking in the area’s rich cultural offerings. Through it all, Mountain Xpress was there, chronicling local news, views and entertainments — often in the words of the participants and observers at the heart of the story. Here, then, is a selection of the myriad voices that graced our pages, in print and online, over the past 12 months. “While the economy may have stalled the aspirations of certain developers and business people to turn Asheville into another Charlotte or Atlanta, don’t think for a moment that they don’t still envision Asheville as a mountainous cash cow.” — Jesse Junior, “A Time to Reflect,” Jan. 7 “Asheville has experienced this sort of Sovietstyle central planning before.” — Asheville resident Steve Rasmussen, quoted in “Development Activist Blasts Downtown Master Plan Problems,” Jan. 14 “I think the recession we are looking at is different from the last two recessions. It’s going to be longer, and it’s going to be more severe.” — City of Asheville Chief Financial Officer Ben Durant, quoted in “Beating a Retreat,” Jan. 14 “We actually have stronger regulations for basic municipal trash [landfills] than for coalash combustible waste products.” — Chandra Taylor, an attorney with the North Carolina office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, talking about the December 2008 toxic spill of 1 billion gallons of sludge near Knoxville, Tenn., quoted in “One Lump or Two?” Jan. 14 “Some of the people I consider my constituents consider me a sellout just for being here. [But] at this point, my position is to stand by this plan. There is enough common ground to move this thing forward.” — Kitty Love, quoted in “Selling the Downtown Master Plan” on mountainx.com, Jan. 16
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“Do you want to look back someday and wish you’d listened to the person with the paper pitchfork when someone with a real one is after you?” — Barnardsville resident Kathy Lack speaking against county spending, quoted in “Buncombe Commissioners,” March 11. Pictured here is Eric Gorny, who donned Braveheart attire for the occasion. photo by jonathan welch
“More people are asking what we do. … You grind coal, you burn coal, you make heat, you turn turbines: You get electricity.” — Progress Energy’s Asheville Plant Manager Garry Whisnant, during a tour of the Lake Julian facility less than a month after a catastrophic spill of 1 billion gallons of coal-ash sludge at a TVA power plant near Knoxville, Tenn., quoted in “Coal Ash: A Pond Farewell,” Jan. 21 “I decided I was pissed off about how we got from my grandfather’s generation and all the real American values he stood for — that generation fought a noble war — to the gen-
eration of George Bush.” — Author John Jeeter on why he wrote The Plunder Room, quoted in “Family Jewels,” Jan. 21 “The nature of the material that we work with in the Fringe — [such as] nudity, raw language, bizarre conceptual things — it is an adult experience.” — Asheville Fringe Festival organizer Jim Julien, quoted in “Cabaret of the Weird,” Jan. 21 “I was mostly interested in her parking lot. Ann Dunn told me, ‘You have to buy the building if you want the parking lot.’ So I did.” — Steve Wilmans, owner of Echo Mountain Studios, about buying the former Fletcher School
Xpress online’s biggest hits of 2009 by Jason Sandford While Mountain Xpress continues to pump out our weekly print edition, we also put plenty of time and energy into our virtual presence on the Web. One fun aspect of the online world is the ability to track the number of comments and views we receive on what we post. Here’s a quick look at the online popularity of Xpress’ 2009 stories, blog posts, photos and more. Most viewed news articles: There’s nothing like imagining what the apocalypse might look like when it comes to getting people’s attention. That’s exactly what Montreat College history professor Bill Forstchen did in his novel One Second After, published in the spring of 2009. Specifically, Forstchen writes about what life might be like in the town of Black Mountain in the aftermath of a high-altitude electromagnetic-pulse attack. “Apocalypse WNC,” Managing Editor Jon Elliston’s story about the book, its author and its attempt to raise awareness about the possibility of such an assault was the year’s most-viewed Xpress news story online. Claiming the No. 2 spot was “Whose TV?” — reporter David Forbes’ February story concerning controversy at URTV, Asheville’s public-access channel. The article examined internal disputes that went public and kicked off a yearlong series of stories chronicling the fight and its impact on the station. The third-most-read Xpress news story online was Forbes’ account of an Asheville man arrested and accused of kidnapping and brutally assaulting a prostitute. “Complete Mayhem” chronicled the case of 31-year-old carpenter Lewis Kyle Wilson, who was named a “person of interest” by police in an unsolved 2006 murder. Most-viewed arts & entertainment articles: When it comes to having fun, there’s nothing like the prom. “Corsage and Limo Not Required,” staff writer Alli Marshall’s compilation of Xpress readers’ prom memories (both good and bad), captured that spirit en route to becoming A&E’s top online hit this year. The story was pegged to the Prom! party at the Grey Eagle in November, which featured local bands Reigning Sound and Floating Action, a disco ball and the best in thrift-store formal wear. Xpress contributor Jake Frankel scored A&E’s second-mostviewed story online with “Phish Phans Rejoice,” which rounded up fans of the jam band in advance of its summer reunion show at the Asheville Civic Center. The band’s decision to play Asheville triggered a frenzy of fans lining up to get tickets, and the day of the show itself, Phish loyalists literally took over one downtown street. “Building an Echo Mountain Empire?” by regular contributor Anne Fitten Glenn ranked as A&E’s third-most-viewed story online. The story chronicled the creation of an entertainment empire in downtown Asheville, checking in with Echo Mountain Studio owner Steve Wilmans. The recording studio launched a major expansion in 2009, even as Wilmans and partner Mike Healy continued work on transforming an old Lexington Avenue building into a new craft brewery, restaurant, music venue and hostel. Most-viewed news blog posts: Xpress covers a lot of territory with its online blog posts at our home page, mountainx.com, including columns, reviews, news and arts-and-entertainment tidbits. Among news blog posts, the top hit was David Forbes’ story detailing how former Asheville firefighter Charles Alexander Diez pleaded guilty to shooting at bicyclist Alan Simons and received a four-month jail sentence. The whole episode sparked considerable controversy, particularly in Asheville’s cycling community, where some felt that Diez had received overly lenient treatment.
A holiday edition of Brews News, a relatively new feature on the Xpress Web site, captured the No. 2 spot. Compiled by Anne Fitten Glenn, the collection of updates tracks Buncombe County’s bubbling craft-beer scene. The popular Dec. 9 edition included everything from a note about Highland Brewing Co.’s 15th anniversary celebration to tips on how to properly store your beer. Claiming third place was Mountain Xpress’ “Twitter Manifesto,” published on April 1 (April Fools’ Day): the same day we turned over its Web site to news tweeted by the public. In the manifesto, Xpress Publisher Jeff Fobes explained the thinking: “In that same amount of time, we could be tweeting and aggregating our way to a whole new vision of community and even, perhaps, of dialogue itself. And thanks to Twitter’s technologically enforced brevity, it will almost be a ‘conversation without words.’” The “Twaper” was a ruse, of course, but it did highlight Xpress’ growing interest in using social-media tools and continued focus on expanding collaborations with readers. Most-viewed A&E blog posts: Bele Chere is Asheville’s biggest street party each year, and news about the event’s musical guests is always closely watched. The music is free, and Alli Marshall’s May roundup of who was slated to play came in as the mostlooked-at A&E blog entry. Second was A&E Editor Rebecca Sulock’s update on the disappointed Phish fans who couldn’t get tickets for the Asheville Civic Center show. About 200 fans had lined up — many camping out for more than a day — but the tickets sold out in seconds, and only about 20 of the folks in line were able to score tickets for the big reunion show. An error in the Ticketmaster system apparently allowed the release of 400 tickets that were supposed to be held back for the venue to sell. Anne Fitten Glenn, who also writes Edgy Mama, Xpress’ weekly parenting column, had a third-place hit with her column about vehicles around town sporting stick family stickers. Musing about their allure, she talked to a company spokesman about how the stickers became so popular. Most-viewed Blogwire post: In mid-2009, Xpress launched Blogwire, a local-news aggregator powered mostly by staff. The feature allows any area resident to sign on as a contributor, and we continue to encourage more folks to participate. The most-viewed Blogwire post was “New restaurant, Chai Pani, opens with customers out the door,” (1,490 hits); “81 new NC laws take effect today: Here’s the list,” (1,296); and “16,000 organic laying hens available to good homes,” (1,254). Comments and Forums: Here’s a quick look at the alwaysentertaining and provocative world of the Xpress Forums, a virtual cauldron of comment and debate. • Most new forum threads: Forums administrator Steve Shanafelt (400); santeh-piff (300); richey (168). • Most article comments: Xpress movie reviewer Ken Hanke (2,164); santeh-piff (1,372); entopticon (905). • Forum threads that received the most replies: Asheville Topix Forum Watch (379); MountainX Forums Radio-AKA “Music to Board To” (295); and “Global warming no more” (294). • Most-viewed forum threads: Rap thread (283); Asheville Topix Forum Watch (379); Expanded anti-grafitti efforts stirring in Asheville (11,532). • Most-viewed photo galleries: POPAsheville 2009 (47,325); Asheville celebrates the inauguration (41,478); Asheville-area weddings (34,012). X Contact Jason Sandford at email@example.com, or 251-1333, ext. 115
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