Cheers and Jeers

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 03:20 AM

Cheers … to Isothermal Community College (ICC) and Western Carolina University (WCU) for entering into articulation agreements that will make it easier for ICC business administration and nursing graduates to pursue four-year degrees at WCU. During a time when the cost of a college education is soaring partnerships such as these between community colleges and universities will help keep the door open for aspiring students.

Cheers … to all the nominees for Distinguished Young Woman of Rutherford County.

Cheers … to Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation for awarding a $15,000 grant to the Rutherford Housing Partnership to repair homes of the needy in the county. The need is great considering that one out of every five residents live below the poverty level and one out of every 10 homes is in poor or not livable condition.

Cheers … to the latest campaign informing county residents to verify they are in Rutherford County when calling 911. We live in a new technology age that changes by the day but if using a cell phone to make an emergency call, it is important to make sure you have reached the right county department so as not to waste precious time in getting the help you need.

Cheers … to the latest anti-drunk driving campaign spearheaded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, North Carolina Highway Patrol and area law enforcement. The St. Patrick’s Day Booze It & Lose It campaign is meant to keep those on North Carolina roadways safe because consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle can have deadly consequences.

Cheers … to the recent news of the reopening of two businesses in Rutherford County. We are glad you are both back.

Jeers … to the legislators in Raleigh who are considering a proposal to severely limit the authority of municipalities to levy business privilege license taxes which would result in the loss of millions of dollars in revenue to communities across the state. If enacted into law the likely affect of the proposal would be to shift the tax burden from businesses to individuals through increases in local property taxes necessary to recover lost revenues needed to maintain important public services.

Jeers … to anyone attempting to burn trash, yard waste or brush during the dry, windy weather. The entire region is under a red flag alert for wildfires.

From a reader …

Cheers … to our editor, Matthew Clark for his editorial of March 11 concerning the coal ash clean-up costs. The customers of Duke Energy should, in no way, be held responsible for the company’s mismanagement and neglectful oversight over the years.

To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Matthew Clark at Please put "Cheers and Jeers" in the subject line.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Alex Moore, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark