There's much to chew on, but this is particularly noteworthy:
...Citing a loss to the town's tax base, council members routinely fight Appalachian State University's expansion efforts. Such actions show a lack of insight and understanding. The fact is, as the university grows, so does Boone's economy. If town leaders are truly interested in the tax base, they would work with, not against, the university...."
Taking time off, evidently, from blaming the "liberal" university for indoctrinating the minds of NC's young and from grumbling about the fact that those indoctrinated students are allowed to vote in Watauga County, the Watauga Country Republican Party now discovers that ASU is a poor, put-upon victim. That's situational ethics at its finest and most cynical.
1. "the town's tax base" -- Yes, every expansion of ASU means a loss to tax revenue, like the former Quality Inn property at the corner of Hwys 105 and 321. That's nothing to sneeze at.
2. "council members routinely fight Appalachian State University's expansion efforts." That's not true. What is true is that ASU -- until perhaps rather recently, following the flap over the location of the College of Education bldg. -- routinely ignored the town's development regs. and flagrantly violated them. Without breaking much of a sweat, I found five such instances of Civil Penalties accessed against ASU from 2003 - 2007 for breaking the law. The College of Education was another, separate case, and ASU agreed to changes in their building plans to get the required permitting.
3. "as the university grows, so does Boone's economy" -- I'll grant you that one, but you left off another key phrase: "and so does Boone's financial burden in police, fire protection, traffic, and a few dozen other expensive incidentals."
The Watauga Republicans' bleeding heart for poor ASU rings more opportunistic than true. If they were really all that concerned about the university, they might be raising holy hell with the Republican budget cuts coming to the institution from the General Assembly, or they might be defending its wind generation and alternative energy research from the attacks of the John Locke Foundation.