Cheers and Jeers

Jan. 12, 2014 @ 04:00 AM

Cheers ... to all the law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and utility workers who endured harsh conditions to keep vital services flowing during the bitter cold this week. Their dedication and service is greatly appreciated.

Cheers ... to Donnie Ruppe, Josh Bumgarner, Jacob Hoyle, and Brad Moore of the Forest City Police Department for their recent promotions.

Jeers ... to polar vortexes.

Jeers … to the deadly flu virus that has claimed the lives of 21 North Carolinians so far this season. Everyone please get your flu shot.

Cheers … to Cindy LaFon and the many other health care professionals and volunteers who work for Hospice.

Cheers … to Richard Lindenmuth, head of the newly created Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina for pointing out that tax incentives are not the best way to attract new industries to the state.

Cheers … to the Town of Ruthefordton for their discussion and subsequent action to attempt the placement of a pedestrian flasher at the crosswalk near St. Francis Episcopal Church on North Main Street. Studies show a majority of collisions happen near the church and it would be a shame if pedestrians were not protected at that area.

Jeers … to Tar Heel political hacks of all stripes who continue to exhibit self-serving indifference in the face of unprecedented challenges. They would do well to remember why they were elected or appointed ... which is of course to represent the fine people throughout the Old North State who put them there rather than pursuing petty party platforms or selfish gain.

Cheers … to the Department of Workforce Solutions and the Region C Workforce Board for coming together to offer programs helping Rutherford County's unemployed. From learning how to interview to getting together a resumé, the organizations are hoping to help get Rutherford County back to work.

From readers …

Cheers … for all the new cartoons in The Daily Courier.

Jeers ... to The Daily Courier for changing the comics and now omitting some of the long-time favorites.

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, Alex Moore, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark