Cheers and Jeers

Jun. 01, 2014 @ 04:45 AM

Cheers … for the inspirational life and work of Maya Angelou. Her contributions to the performing arts, literature, poetry and civil rights changed lives and made the world a better place.

Cheers … to the East Rutherford Lady Cavaliers softball team for their participation in the 2A state softball playoffs. We are proud of you and congratulate you on your accomplishments.

Cheers … to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte for awarding a $5,000 grant to the Rutherford Housing Partnership. The funds will be used to buy materials to make urgently needed repairs to homes of low income families.

Cheers … to the newly graduated Leadership Rutherford class and to Kennedy Whiteside, voted most spirited member of the class.

Jeers … to the General Assembly for its ongoing campaign aimed at stripping authority from counties, cities and towns and concentrating power in Raleigh. Legislation recently approved prevents localities from regulating fracking operations in their jurisdictions and restructures the privilege tax in a way that will cause municipalities to lose millions of dollars of revenue needed to provide local services.

Jeers … to the plan to offer teachers a raise if they sign away their rights to retain career status. This is nothing less than a form of extortion and is an insult to the teaching profession.

Cheers … to the installation of a new generator for the Rutherford County 911 Communications Center. Having the responsibility of dispatching all emergency calls in the county is daunting enough. We don’t need to add the possibility of not being about to do it because the power’s out.

Cheers … to East Rutherford High Schools students who donate blood four times a year as part of blood drives for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. According to the center, East Rutherford students donate more blood than any other high school in 19 counties. Kudos for your efforts because you are helping save lives.

Jeers … to the North Carolina Senate for striking out money used by school districts to high 7,400 teacher assistants. These assistants are crucial in the development of our young children and should be held harmless in budget negotiations.

Jeers … to Eternal Hills Memorial Park for not taking care of its grounds. It is disrespectful to loved ones passed to have their final resting place in such disarray.

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