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Only Some Ways You Like It

Asheville’s quirky, funky area of GenX crafts and stuff is going downhill. Nobody blamed the looming Business Improvement District, schedued to go online July 1 with a new 5-7% tax. Prices are rising for some reason downtown, and that is forcing merchants out. Another problem is the increase in homelessness. Since homelessness has been a problem downtown, the experts have always claimed the number of women and families is on the rise. That appears non-sequitur in light of complaints of knife and gun fights. One merchant interviewed complained about blood on the sidewalk. Women are now more frequently the victims of aggressive panhandling.

Worry not. There is a solution. If we just ignore the crime, tourists will continue to come and displace it.

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Hooray

Asheville City Council was supposed to have a touchy-feely retreat with the state legislators Friday. The public was given two days’ notice to arrange time off work if they wished to attend. Then, the meeting was cancelled.

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Flash! Fast Food Is Not Steak & Arugula

Coming as a surprise to me, schools have been passing out fast food coupons as rewards. Granted, mediocrity is the only winner these days. However, some Einstein just discovered that super-sized fries and milkshakes might exacerbate the Obesity Crisis.

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Heh, Heh

Haywood County recently banned the flying of the Confederate flag in front of the courthouse. They crafted an ordinance saying only “official government flags” may fly. Compliant, Southern enthusiasts began flying the Mississippi flag, sending lawyers back to the wordsmithing board.

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Vice, Nonprofits, etc.

Here are some headlines to elicit the question, “What kind of economy is this?”

http://www.smokymountainnews.com/

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