Cheers and Jeers

Oct. 05, 2013 @ 04:00 AM

Cheers … to Kaylee Paris and the entire student body of Chase High School. Electing Kaylee as queen was a wonderful act that showed exceptional maturity on the part of these teenagers.

Cheers … to Rutherfordton's fall Hilltop Festival starting today.

Cheers ... to tobacco company JTI and Preservation Virginia for forming a partnership to preserve tobacco curing barns in Virginia and North Carolina. Before the modern age of prefabrication and standardization American barn architecture produced unique building types with distinct regional variations. Tobacco barns are unique to the South and the historic barns that still exist should be preserved before they are forever lost.

Cheers ... to the drop in the county's unemployment rate. While this sounds like good news it might be as much a statistical aberration as a true growth in jobs. We can not rest for a moment in our efforts to bring new jobs to the county. 

Jeers ... to the government shutdown. Nero fiddled while Rome burned and our political leaders primp and pose for photo ops in front of war memorials while the government grinds to a halt. Shame - it's time for our Congressmen to get to work and earn their pay.

Cheers ... to the 096 Prison Chaplaincy Program and Chaplains Jerry Hames, William Logan and Kriss Landry who help prepare local inmates emotionally and spiritually to successfully reenter society. The help needs to continue after the inmates are released when the challenges are many and the struggles difficult. Community volunteers are needed to continue the mentoring process.

Jeers ... to politicians who try to justify some of their antics by childishly claiming they are simply doing what the other side did when it was in power. Apparently "two wrongs don't make a right" applies to everyone except them.

With that …

Jeers ... to those politicians and voters who base all their political actions on a single issue and refuse to acknowledge other more important issues that have wide ranging effects on real people.

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 and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark