Cheers and Jeers

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Jeers ... to the fraudulent contractors preying on unsuspecting people in the Lake Lure area. The “Pennsylvania Paving” sign on the dump truck ought to be a clue that these folks might not be trustworthy hometown businessmen.

Cheers ... to J. Patrick Moss, coach of the Chase and East Rutherford high schools speech and debate programs, for winning the 2013 Mildred Hussey Coach of the Year award. Moss is another example of excellence in the Rutherford County Schools.

Cheers ... to DOT workers who have removed many of the illegal signs posted along our highways, and with that...

Jeers ... to those people who think that public right of ways are appropriate venues for their business ads and keep putting tacky signs along our roadways.

Cheers ... to local high school basketball teams whose season has now ended but who competed in an excellent spirit of good sportsmanship.

Cheers ... to Robin S. Lattimore, one of Rutherford County’s historians, who recently was awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine, a citizen’s award given by the Governor of North Carolina.

Jeers ... to the NCAA, whose administrators have seven figure salaries while the college athletes whose labor and skills make college sports possible get nothing but glory and injuries.

Cheers ... to Appalachian State joining the Sun Belt in every sport except football beginning in 2014, the football program will join in 2015- making the transition from the FCS to the FBS.

Jeers ... to the proposed legislation that would allow certain clerks of court, magistrates and sheriffs serve as judges at the local and appellate level.  Non-lawyer judges were eliminated years ago, and the return to Judge Roy Bean days is unwarranted.

From a reader ...

Cheers ... to Crimestoppers for offering a reward to catch directional road sign thieves. 

With that...

Jeers ... to the thieves.

Jeers ... to Mike Hager, our Representative, who introduced a bill to end North Carolina renewable energy sources. What is even more shameful he even said our power companies could purchase renewable energy power from other states, thus depriving NC of new business and most importantly jobs. More importantly he said that coal, gas and nuclear was the way to go, leaving his former employer Duke Energy and other big power corporations to be subsidized by North Carolina.

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.