Cheers and Jeers
Cheers ... to Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum and Buddy and Joe Bennett for winning the 2012 Antique Automobile Club of America National Museum Award.
Cheers ... to Kerry Giles and the Rutherford County Transit for developing a program to offer free transportation for needy people to food pantries as well as low-cost rides to the grocery store.
Cheers ... to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina for supporting legislation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at an annual amount of $900 million.
Cheers ... to Bob Ward, assistant Chief of Police for the Town of Forest City. Ward retired on Thursday after 39 years in law enforcement. We take this time to wish him the best in his retirement and thank him for his years of service.
Jeers ... to the fact that there will be no March for Babies walk this year. This walk, in the past, has raised $70,000 for premature babies and it is a shame that there will not be the opportunity to raise money for the cause through the walk.
Cheers ... to the kick-off for the Relay for Life 2013 campaign. Last year was a stellar year for the campaign after raising $203,000. We certainly encourage the community to get behind this initiative and help meet, or exceed, this year's goal.
Jeers ... to Congress and the White House for continuing to procrastinate regarding finding a solution to sequestration. It wasn't until Friday that President Barack Obama met with Congressional leaders. In the meantime, both sides have spent their time finger-pointing instead of coming up with solutions to stop across-the-board budget cuts that could permanently damage our already-fragile economy.
Cheers ... to our prep basketball teams that participated in the North Carolina High School Activities Association state playoffs over the last week. While Rutherford County no longer has a representative in the state tournament, we are proud of all of our teams and their accomplishments this season.
With that ...
Cheers ... to the start of the spring prep sports season. The afternoons and evenings of baseball, softball, track, golf and tennis are upon us.
To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Editor Matthew Clark at email@example.com. 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