Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and Buncombe County Chair David Gantt cosigned a letter to the Tourism Development Association eagerly endorsing the proposed contribution to the newly forming Enka Youth Sports Organization. Once the county sells its spec building on the cheap to Wicked Weed, proceeds from the sale will go to make a park for the EYSO. The mayor and chair were motivated to write the letter by “future synergy,” “immediate positive economic impact,” and room nights.

Speaking of room nights, did you know my father swore off ever visiting Asheville to see his lovely, charming daughter again? He’s now kept his promise for almost a quarter of a century. I don’t remember what was said, but he used the modifying phrase “d@#^ progressive” a lot.