Enquiring Minds

Enquiring Minds is the brain child of Roger McCredie, long-time journalist and creative mind, who now resides in Western North Carolina. It is the goal of Enquiring Minds to take a investigative approach to journalism that's hard to find these days. Stay tuned for a look into the happenings of Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Commission. Plus a few things in-between.

Betting on the Horses

This photo, taken July 31, shows the exit area of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, which is being expanded to 1,000 spaces, in anticipation of the World Equestrian Games.  Most articles about the Games have featured a photo of a beautiful horse and a formally-dressed rider clearing a hurdle. Enquiring Minds thought its readers would rather see a photo that...

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What’s that smell?

County approves garbage collection rate hike as grand jury, FBI probe Waste Pro At its July 10 meeting the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved an 8% rate increase for WastePro, the Florida-based garbage hauler with whom the county has a contract through 2019.  (That amounted to less than half the 17% increase Waste Pro was seeking.) Earlier...

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Summer Political Drama Continues at City Hall

Nick Bottom, unaware he has been changed into an ass, startles his fellow actors in A Midsummer Night's Dream (act 3, scene 1) in a performance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.  (From a contemporary woodcut.) Council Passes Budget, Adopts Police Measures Last week the Asheville City Council passed the city’s 2018-2019 operating budget, as well as a package of three resolutions...

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Sucker-punched Asheville City Council Braces for Round Two

Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads invade and shut down the Long Parliament, 1653 Parliamentary paralysis, “Public Filibuster” Drive Young’s police proposals through; Kapoor calls foul, seeks June 19 do-over Asheville City Council already had more than enough routine business scheduled for its upcoming  (June 19) meeting, but now it will also be dealing with the fallout from its...

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We’ll Be Watching You

Plaintiffs exact promises from city in exchange for settling anti-bond lawsuit The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the legality of $74 million worth of general obligation bonds have settled their dispute with the City of Asheville out of court. The case had been under appeal since last October but had not yet been calendared for a hearing. Retired...

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Signs of the Times in Asheville

The aftermath of a racially-charged beating shines a light on multiple other problems in one of America’s “Best Small Cities” Public Opinion Poles:  These flyers appeared on utility poles in various locations across Asheville on March 20, just hours before the city council voted to dismiss City Manager Gary Jackson "As public servants, we...

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Home Is Where the Votes Are

Asheville city councilman with residence issues plans to run Against 12th District incumbent...with residence issues. Asheville City Councilman Keith Young Ordinarily, Asheville City Councilman Keith Young’s announcement that he intends to run for Congress would have done no more than raise a few eyebrows over his confidence and ambition; the city council gig is, after...

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Stonewalling at the Stoneyard?

Developer’s token donation to housing trust fund is waiting on permits  Two months after City Council approved plans for the River Arts District’s biggest development to date, the project’s developers have not yet made the affordable housing cash contribution that was part of the deal, though the city says the check is in the mail, in a manner...

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Room at the Trough

A Peek at City of Asheville Cronyism, Nepotism, and other Isms. Wherever there is government there are “isms” that tag along behind it like camp followers trailing an army.  These isms describe the various ways in which the crumbs and plums of financial, political, or personal gain that bureaucracy always generates are handed out as rewards or favors....

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