Cheers and Jeers

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 05:09 AM

Cheers ... to all the families and individuals who were effected by the 2012 tornado in Ellenboro. As profiled in The Daily Courier this week, there have been great stories of rebuilding and those people should be commended for being strong in the face of such a natural disaster.

Cheers ... to all the individuals and departments who helped rescue a cow from a swimming pool earlier this week in Rutherford County. All of your efforts and hard work in a, needless to say, different circumstance is greatly appreciated.

Cheers ... to this weekend’s report of warm weather. It should provide a great opportunity for Rutherford County residents to get some fresh air and exercise as well as the ability to keep those thermostats turned off during a month where heating bills can usually be at their highest. We encourage everyone in the county to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures because it may not last long.

Cheers ... to the pair of Forest City Police officers who were recently honored for their completion of certification programs at the North Carolina Justice Academy. We certainly appreciate all the work these, and many other, members of law enforcement do to keep our streets safe in Rutherford County.

Cheers ... to the Baseball Writers Association of America for their resounding statement that ballplayers who use performance enhancing drugs do not meet the standard of sportsmanship required for induction into the Hall of Fame. Ballplayers who use such drugs are not worthy of being called athletes, but rather should be called what they are - cheaters. Who likes, let alone, honors a cheater?

With that ...

Jeers ... to those that were “surprised” by the fact that they didn’t get voted into the Hall on their first ballot opportunity.

Jeers ... to the report that the number of meth labs broken up last year was a record. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, in a press conference, said he was going to request five additional agents to help combat the meth situation in the state. We applaud the efforts by law enforcement, but enforcement of tougher restrictions on the purchase of meth-building products is in order.

Jeers ... to ungrateful people that spend all their time and energy complaining about what they don’t have but never taking time out to thank God for what they do have.

Cheers ... to the recent news that economists expect gas prices to fall over the course of this year. Currently, in North Carolina, gas is well over $3 per gallon and we know that all motorists in the state would like some relief at the pump this year.

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