Cheers and Jeers

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 03:45 AM

Cheers ... to the 10 Rutherford County firefighters who participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Charlotte to honor the 413 first responders who gave their lives on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York.

Cheers … to Virginia Rucker on the occasion of her 100th birthday. May the days of her second century be as blessed as those of the first.

Cheers … to Forest City-Dunbar principal Brad Richardson for being named the 2013-14 Principal of the Year for Rutherford County Schools. Richardson is in his second year at the school and has helped implement a school-wide uniform dress code and will help implement a year-round school calendar in 2014. We wish to offer him our congratulations.

Cheers … to the news that Duke Energy will be conducting a site study and preliminary engineering work to 90 acres on Daniel Road. Not only will the county receive the resources offered by Duke’s Site Readiness Program but the property will be on the radar for Duke to help market for potential industrial development.

Cheers … to the resolution of the county’s dissolution funds for mental health. County commissioners approved passing the one-time funding to the Community Health Center (CHC) to expand its behavioral health programs. Now, we only hope the caveat of mobile crisis can be addressed by CHC to further help our citizens in need.

Cheers ... to the staff of the Senior Center.

Cheers … to the folks opening a new restaurant in an old location on Central Street in Rutherfordton. We wish them success and look forward to their opening in October.

Jeers ... once again, to DHHS Secretary Wos, who seems to now have a “security detail” assigned to protect her from answering tough questions from reporters.

Jeers ... to Russian President Vladimir Putin for having the audacity to lecture the American people on exceptionalism. As the leader of one of the most repressive countries on the face of the earth, Putin does not have a clue what American exceptionalism is all about -- our freedom and liberty, our core values and beliefs. 

From readers …

Cheers … to the 10 firefighters from Rutherford County that participated in the 3rd annual 9/11 stair climb in Charlotte. 

With that said …

Cheers ... to all firefighters, law enforcement and EMS that respond daily to emergencies at a moments notice to ensure we have a safe community. 

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By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark