Cheers and Jeers

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 05:47 AM

Cheers ... to Aaron Greene for winning the 2012-13 North Carolina Head Start Association Cluster E Scholarship. Aaron’s achievement is testimony not only to his capabilities, which are outstanding, but also to the wisdom of early childhood education programs that can unlock the potential of children that might otherwise go undeveloped.

Cheers ... to the County Commissioners for showing restraint and foresight in the local bill to be submitted to the General Assembly regarding the structure of the Airport Authority. While the bill does nothing to change the Airport Authority at this time, it puts the means in place to make changes in the future when and if the need arises.

Jeers ... to the teenagers who set off explosive Tannerite targets in the Ellenboro area startling neighbors and pets alike. Although legal, the use of these targets near populated areas is inconsiderate and disrespectful to neighbors and shows poor judgment. One wonders if the use of explosive targets improves marksmanship any more that the use of regular paper targets or plain tin cans.

Cheers ... to Gov. McCrory and his Commerce Secretary for turning down the Carolina Panther’s request for $62 million in taxpayer funds for their stadium. If the stadium is named for a mega-bank, let that mega-bank pay for the renovations. Bank of America has more money than the State of North Carolina anyway.

Jeers ... to REMC for wanting to run an electric power line through the Box Creek Wilderness property, North Carolina’s largest private registered Significant Natural Heritage Area. The power line project will divide the wildlife corridor into two parts; will destroy two and a half miles of forest land; impact six miles of streams; and threaten many rare species of plants and animals. Surely a less destructive route can be found for the power line.

Cheers ... to the Rutherford County Health Center for expanding its services to include mental health. Mental illness knows no boundaries and everyone regardless of economic status should have access to behavioral health services.

Cheers ... to Denny Hamlin for refusing to pay a $25,000 fine to NASCAR for comments he made about the present version of race car.  It’s refreshing to find someone willing to challenge NASCAR’s dictatorial mentality.

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