OUR VIEW: Cheers and Jeers
Cheers ... to Judy Toney, who just retired as the county Human Resources director.
Cheers … to Greg Lovelace, who has taken on the added responsibility of heading up the Airport Authority. As if being a high school principal and a county commissioner weren't taxing enough (no pun intended).
Cheers … to all of Santa's helpers.
Cheers … to the singers and musicians helping to put on Christmas concerts around the county.
Jeers … to jeers at Christmas.
Cheers … to the Salvation Army and all the volunteers who helped at the Christmas Cheer Center to provide stuffed stockings, bikes and toys for children in the community. Through their efforts more than 350 families and 800 children will have a more cheerful Christmas this year.
Cheers … to the towns of Topsail Beach, Laurinburg and Chapel Hill for being named grand winners for NC Traffic Safe Communities for 2013 by AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety. Let's challenge ourselves to have one or more of our towns named Traffic Safe Communities in 2014.
Cheers ... to the Rutherford County Board of Education for standing up for public education and joining the NC School Boards Association lawsuit against the state's voucher program to fund private school education. The voucher program violates the constitutional principle that public funds can not be used for non-public purposes.
Cheers … to those organizations in the community who work to remind us that there is indeed a reason for the season. The afterglow of these traditional events, such as the live nativity and luminaries at Gilboa Methodist Church, will provide light and hope in searching hearts throughout the cold months ahead.
Jeers ... to those forces in our society which conversely work to undermine the peace available within the Advent season and load us down with endless errands and shopping lists.
From readers …
Cheers … to The Daily Courier section on local business that says shop local IT MATTERS.
Jeers ... to the county officials and Forest City officials that purchase Dodge patrol vehicles while we have no local dealer that can handle repairs. It takes two people to take to a dealer in Shelby, Marion or Spartanburg to get warranty repairs. That means our law enforcement is busy driving vehicles for repair rather than performing their valuable presence in our communities. Let's support our local businesses.
To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Editor Matthew Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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