Leslee Kulba

Council Adopts Middle-Ground Noise Ordinance

While musicians and parents couldn’t see eye to eye on decibels, a good time was had by all as Asheville City Council tried to find a happy medium for its ordinance.

You Heard the Pros, Here’s Some Cons: Pre-K

In many high-dollar decisions being made by local government, the public is presented with only one side of the argument. While government is away on summer vacation, these commentaries will at least scrape the surface of the other side.

County Incentives Attempt Restoring Livelihoods

Buncombe County awarded economic development incentives to East Fork Pottery, which, as part of its expansion, will be employing and rehabilitating hard-to-hire individuals, like former violent offenders.

Big Government Exacerbates Its Exacerbations

While local government is on summer break, the opportunity is taken to talk about some supply-side economics for a change.

Government Spending Conservatively Half the Economy

The International Monetary Fund estimates total government spending in the United States at almost half of GDP. This does not include costs of compliance with government regulation & opportunity costs shouldered by the private sector.

Chief: Crime Prevention is Everyone’s Job

With crime rates on the rise, Asheville Police Chief David Zack encouraged the public to excercize personal responsibility and look out for each other.

Defund Loses Zest as Asheville Budget Passes

Asheville City Council approved its budget with Kim Roney opposed. Roney wanted more equity and tax relief and would have preferred to freeze 30 police vacancies.

Commissioners Unveil Racial Equity Action Plan

Buncombe County’s new Racial Equity Action Plan introduces directives to recruit more employees of color.

Activists Disparaging Over $2 Million in Reparations

After Asheville City Council committed $2.1 million toward unspecified reparations, a handful of activists demanded another $30 million to zero out the police department’s budget. 

Fraternal Order of Police President Wants Adult Conversation about Policing

Local Fraternal Order of Police President Rondell Lance weighed in on the Asheville Police Department’s recently announced cuts in services. Lance says officers are quitting by the numbers because leadership is caving to protesters, whose requests will harm the community.