Cheers and Jeers

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 03:04 AM

Cheers ... for the report the Economic Development Board commissioned that, among other things, points out that industries that are looking to relocate their businesses look for states with good educational systems.

Jeers ... to some members of the General Assembly that think being 48th in education is good enough.  

Cheers ... to the Forest City Owls, for finding their bats.

Jeers ... to those who mercilessly make fun of Miss Utah, who had a bad night at the Miss America contest when she flubbed a question. Everyone has a bad moment every once in a while.

Cheers ... to all the local officials who have been struggling with their budgets for the past month or so. We may not all agree with the end results, but we recognize that a lot of effort has been expended.

Cheers ... to the associates from the Tri-City Belk in Forest City for volunteering their time to give the Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School a makeover. Giving back to the community, especially to the kids, is much appreciated.

Jeers ... to the NC Senate Commerce Committee for endorsing a bill rolling back  energy-efficiency standards for building materials to 2009 levels. The goal ought to be to make buildings more energy efficient, not less. Lawmakers should work to move the state forward, not backward.

Jeers ... to the NC House Transportation Committee for agreeing to a Senate bill that would allow the speed limit on certain highways to be increased to 75 mph thereby increasing the risk of fatal accidents. Is it better to save time or to save lives on state highways?

Cheers … to the North Carolina Forest Service in Rutherford County for their newest acquisition of a 92-horsepower fire line plow. It is something that has been needed for some time according to forest rangers and we are glad they were able to get it.

Cheers … to the unveiling of a portrait of Col. Andrew Hampton, commander of the Rutherford County Liberty Men in the Battle of Kings Mountain. This should make a great way to remember Rutherford County’s storied history.

To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Editor 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, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.