OUR VIEW: Cheers and Jeers

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 09:52 AM

Cheers … to the Building Leaders class from Chase High School for their donation of shirts and money to help other students participate in an end-of-year trip. The class spent time and energy to benefit others. It is something we should all take an example from.

Cheers … to Shannan Higgins and other students like her who have successfully participated in Isothermal Community College's Continuing Education department to complete their high school diploma. She and others like her are a testament to what people can do when they put their minds to it.

Cheers … to Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour for ruling that the annual New Years Possum Drop in Brasstown can proceed as planned. Wonder what is more inhumane -- gently lowering a possum in a clear plastic box and then releasing it to the wild, or packing over 1 million people into pens in Times Square in sub-freezing temperatures for several hours to watch a glass ball drop 141 feet in exactly one minute.

Jeers ... to the thieves who stole equipment from Paws Ranch Equine Rescue in Bostic and Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue Shelter in Fletcher. Stealing from any person is bad, but to steal from innocent animals that have already been mistreated is worse than bad, it's despicable.

Cheers … to all the individuals and organizations that provided Christmas gifts and meals to needy families in our community. Let's keep the giving spirit going all year in 2014. 

Cheers … to all the holiday events which took place around Rutherford County. The community embraced the holiday spirit and we should all be proud to be a part of that.

Cheers … to all county basketball teams in action in holiday tournaments this weekend. We know they will all represent Rutherford County well across the area.

Cheers … to the Women's and Men's Glee Clubs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for their scheduled performance at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Forest City First Baptist Church. The Glee Clubs offer opportunities in support of local music educators and we encourage everyone to attend this concert.

From readers …

Jeers … To the officials that stopped the Saturday edition of the Courier. I purchased the first three editions of The Weekender. I looked over them twice and I have yet to find the better. Its just not there.

Cheers … to Jean Gordon for her editorial, What if Jesus visited Rutherford County on Christmas Day? Loved what she said! Thank you Jean.

To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Editor Matthew Clark at mclark@thedigitalcourier.com. 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