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Commisioners agree to address systemic racism

As an elected official, Penland said he considered it his job to make sure every citizen has equal access to opportunities. What’s more, the commissioners had already agreed in their strategic plan to address systemic racism, and the staff was already working on it.

Pressley, Belcher would rather $1 million go toward resettlement

Buncombe County Commissioner Joe Belcher observed the board was working at cross-purposes at their April 4 briefing. They were considering again a request from the City of Asheville to commit to paying at least $1 million for enhanced aesthetic treatments as the NC DOT reconstructs local sections of I-26.

Buncombe County Sheriff Miller hires Blake as new Chief Deputy

Herbert Blake has been hired by Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller as Miller’s new Chief Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office.

Asheville City Council adopts budget, funds only first quarter

City Attorney Brad Branham explained council could not adopt another interim budget because tax rates had to be set in an annual budget by the first of August. 

Asheville City Council gets earful on police budget

The main agenda item was the adoption of the city’s FY2020-2021 budget, a matter that had been postponed, according to the city’s narrative, to develop a response to the pressure group demanding reparations and defunding.

As Economies Rebuild, Tanner Urges Jettisoning Historically Repressive Policies

The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor, represents Michael Tanner’s latest thoughts about empowering those in poverty.

Reparation measures approved, not everyone is happy

Asheville City Council’s June 14 meeting approved monetary racial reparations.

‘Citizens for Reparation’ stir council into action

Citizen comment on Asheville City Council’s resolution to support reparations for slavery passed during Tuesday’s July 14 online meeting was overwhelming and unanimous in favor of said reparations.

Asheville’s latest response to protesters

A resolution scheduled for adoption by Asheville City Council June 14 stated that slavery, forced segregation, and destruction of functional minority communities in the name of urban renewal are wrong.

At some point, discussions about managing the COVID debt should begin

It was an Archimedean wager. Provided COVID-19 was not created in the lab, nobody knew if it was containable.