Cheers and Jeers

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 04:47 AM

Cheers ... to the county for launching the comingled recycling program that has the potential to significantly improve recycling outcomes. What is needed now is an aggressive and continuing public education program to help assure the potential of comingled recycling is realized.

Cheers ... to county resident Amideus Athougies for being recognized by NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin as the SHIIP Western Volunteer of the Year. SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, provides valuable Medicare counseling services to seniors across the state and depends on volunteers to increase its effectiveness.

Jeers ... to the continued federal government shutdown that is now directly impacting nutrition and day care programs for children in our county. It is time to stop the hurt and get the government going again.

Cheers … to the owners of Mi Pueblito restaurant for using green building practices in designing and building their new building in Rutherfordton.

Jeers … to hunters who trespass on other people’s property by scouting and or hunting without getting the landowner’s permission. Bad manners by a few reflect on all hunters.

Cheers ... to Shawn Keeter and all in the Forest City Police Department who chipped in to buy a new bicycle for 9-year-old Alysa Cape.  

With that ...

Jeers ... to whoever stole Alysa Cape’s bicycle. 

Cheers … to the news that the Pisgah Inn has reopened despite the federal government shutdown. The Associated Press reported the inn was closed because it leases a federal government building on federal land. However, the U.S. Department of the Interior allowed the owner to reopen the inn.

Cheers … to today’s first reunion of the Duke Village in Cliffside. Nearly 60 children of Duke Power workers have been invited to the event. We hope the day is filled with memories — past and present — for those involved.

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