Cheers and Jeers

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 05:32 AM

Cheers ... to members of the North Carolina Department of Transportation District 13 crew. Regardless of whether the county gets winter weather, it is reassuring to know that these individuals work hard to keep our roadways clear and safe for driving.

Cheers ... to Thomas Jefferson wrestler Will McCraw on closing in on 100 career match wins. It is truly a feat to reach the century mark and we applaud McCraw on zeroing in on it.

Cheers ... to Chase High School senior Kaitlyn Smart for recently signing a national letter of intent to play basketball at Columbia College. It is always good news when one of our gifted student-athletes elects to take their skills to the next level, especially when a college education is part of the package.

Cheers ... to Isothermal Community College for naming a search committee to find the next president of the college. We hope, with this move, that the college continues to be open and transparent about its search for a new leader.

Jeers ... to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for not revealing the amount of money being paid to new staffers in his press office. The North Carolina Press Association said that the holding back of the information was not acceptable and we certainly agree.

Cheers ... to the Rutherford County Transit Authority and Rutherford County Commissioners for raising questions over a state RFP for Medicaid patients. There are still a lot of unknowns with this issue and it was correct for county officials to question just what the proposal could do for patients needing transport to doctor’s appointments as well as to the county transit system.

Jeers ... to Beyonce for not making the effort to prepare for the high honor and privilege of singing the National Anthem at the Presidential Inauguration and resorting to lip syncing.

From a reader ...

Cheers ... to David Cameron, Sweep Manager, for providing the Courier article on Jan. 20, 13 “SWEEP: Garbage patches and their impact.” It was a great reminder to Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle.

Jeers ... to people who do not recycle, even when they have the convenience of curb-side pickup.

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.