Cheers and Jeers

Jun. 15, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

Cheers ... to the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition for coordination and implementation of the ICC trail system. This is a new asset for the county that is available for all citizens to use. Take a hike today.

Jeers ... to those who continue to text while driving, creating a dangerous situation for all of us who travel the highways.

Jeers ... to politicians who try to characterize Moral Monday protesters as “outsiders.” Whether you agree with them or not, they are fellow citizens exercising their constitutional rights in a peaceful, non-violent way.

Cheers ... to the news that Rutherford County’s unemployment rate has dropped a fraction.  It’s not nearly enough, but any improvement is good.

Cheers ... to the Forest City Owls for supporting breast cancer research with a Pink Out night at McNair stadium tonight.  Maybe the pink outfits will improve their hitting?

Cheers ... to Mother Nature for sending Tropical Storm Andrea and a few good old cloud bursts our way. For the first time in three years no area of North Carolina is experiencing a drought or abnormally dry conditions.

Cheers ... to Larry King on the occasion of his retirement after a 44 year career in education including 11 years with Rutherford County Schools, six as Principal of the Rutherford Opportunity Center. Best wishes for your well deserved retirement.

Cheers ... to ICC for its Customized Training & Development Program. The capability to design and deliver specialized training programs tailored to a company’s specific needs is an invaluable tool in the county’s economic development tool chest.

Jeers ... to the NC Senate for tentatively passing a measure repealing the requirement to get a license to buy a handgun. The license requirement is a reasonable precaution to help assure that dangerous weapons do not get in the hands of dangerous people.

Jeers ... to the U.S. Government’s National Security Agency (NSA) which has been spying on the everyday Internet activities of millions of innocent citizens in the U.S. and in countries around the world.

Jeers ... to the General Assembly for proposing to eliminate the program for public financing of judicial campaigns. The independence and integrity of the state’s judiciary will be threatened if judicial candidates are forced to rely on money from special interest groups and political committees to finance their campaigns. 

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