Reclaiming Democracy

My recent letter to the editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times:

What is Buncombe County’s severe weather policy?

During the mid-February 2014 snowstorm, Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, concerned for the safety of his seventeen staff members, allowed them to leave work early on February 12. At that time County Manager Wanda Greene took issue with Reisinger’s actions and stated:

Our policy is that we do not close, and no other offices have closed in the 20 years I have been with Buncombe County.

However, during the recent snowstorm of 2016, Greene evidently reversed her stance. In a January 22 email she wrote:

The weather is predicted to get much worse as they day goes on – with up to 15 inches of snow predicted. So, I want county facilities to close no later than 10 this morning. We need to make sure our employees get home safely.

So as a concerned Buncombe County citizen, I’m left wondering; what is the county’s severe weather policy?

Bruce Mulkey, Asheville

Below is my recent letter to the Asheville Citizen-Times backing Jasmine Beach-Ferrara for Buncombe County Commission.


When Amendment One passed in North Carolina in 2012, many pundits and politicians said it would take decades to change the discriminatory law and give LGBT people marriage equality in our state. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, however, did not accept this disheartening prediction. Jasmine and the organization she leads, the Campaign for Southern Equality, worked diligently with attorneys and plaintiffs to successfully strike down Amendment One in just two years.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Jasmine had a powerful vision: equality for all our citizens. And she possessed the leadership, organizational skills and courage to make that vision a reality. Now Jasmine is running for public office—the Buncombe County Commission in District 1.

I had an opportunity to work with Jasmine for a few weeks when the lawsuit opposing Amendment One was being filed. I found her to be bright, resourceful, upbeat, attentive and determined. When elected Jasmine will bring these attributes forward as a true public servant, beholden to no political clique, equally representing all the people of our county regardless of race, sex, age, sexual orientation, wealth, religion or political persuasion. If you live in District 1, I strongly urge you to cast your vote for Jasmine Beach-Ferrara in the County Commission race in the March 15 Democratic Primary.

Bruce Mulkey, Asheville


Poignant song about the spontaneous 1914 Christmas Truce between the British and German troops, a song written and performed by John McCutcheon. What if we realized our so-called “enemies” have hopes, aspirations and dreams very similar to those we hold? What if we recognized that we have more in common with them than with our rulers who send our young to fight and die in foreign lands? What then?

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