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Letters to the editor: Are mayor, other officials hiding behind digital divide?
Monday, 15 June 2020 16:15

If the mayor and other city-county officials can gather with a thousand others outside on Church Street (in downtown Asheville) for nearly an hour to speak about ongoing uprising, why can’t they hold council meetings to conduct the people’s urgent business while sitting outside on stage in front of our municipal buildings? 

With the adequate sound system, social distancing would not be a problem. 

This is not the time to hide behind the digital divide.


Sexual harrassment by female cited by male victim

I am writing this as a man who was sexually harassed for six months by a female college professor when I was a 25-year-old graduate student.  

She had the power to determine whether or not I would receive my degree. It finally ended when the female professor for whom I served as a teaching assistant called me into her office and demanded that I tell her what had obviously (to her) been bothering me. 

After I told her, she immediately went to the office of the harasser and told her that if it did not stop immediately that she would report her to the university authorities.

I am writing this because my biggest regret about this is that I never reported it to the university authorities. That left the harasser free to prey upon other students. 

 I am writing this to get the word out to all sexual harassment victims and survivors that they need to report their harassers to the appropriate authorities when this is taking place so that they can be stopped from preying upon others.

I will probably be mocked and made fun of by some people for writing about this, but it will be worth it if my letter can encourage even only one person to report the harassment and harasser to the appropriate authorities so that they will be stopped.
Rochester, N.Y.


Young rebels who know they’re right will prevail

I took part in the Asheville protests against racism and police brutality and death by cop.

It took me back to all the 1960s-era protests and riots I participated in on behalf of ending the Vietnam War and ending racism in this country.

Trump says he’s sending in the Marines to end those protests and riots.

And Trump says he is going to wage a war of law and order to end those protests against racism and police brutality and death by cop — and restore law and order!

But ain’t no police or American military gonna stifle America rebels and revolutionaries who know they are right and who are dedicated to being the generation who will end police brutality and death by cop and police racism!!

In the same way that this generation — led by the teenage Greta Thunberg — is gonna win its war for climage change and in the same way this generation of young Americans is gonna end police racism!

And the young Americans in the police and military should stand in solidarity with them, or experience ignoble defeat.

‘Cause they ain’t gonna whip young American rebels and revolutionaries who know they’re right!

Singer Harry Prime remembered, fondly

Big band vocalist Harry Prime (from East Falls, PA) was a popular singer during the big band era. 

Touring with the famous orchestras of Jack Fina, Randy Brooks, Tommy Dorsey and Ralph Flanagan, Harry had a No.1 hit for the Tommy Dorsey band with “Until.”

He recorded many standards including “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “Nevertheless,” “What’s The Use Of Wond’rin’” and my personal favorite, Cole Porter’s “Farewell Amanda” from the Tracy-Hepburn classic, “Adam’s Rib.”

 Knowing Harry Prime for many years, his smooth delivery and unique style made up his vocal prowess, as well as his love for singing with big bands.

Harry Prime left us on June 15, 2017. I will also remember his kindness to me and his many fans.

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