Our View: Cheers and Jeers

Oct. 27, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

Cheers ... to Rutherford Regional Health System for being forthright in notifying the public that no patients have been injected with the tainted medication produced by New England Compounding Center that has been linked to the outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Jeers ... to voters, particularly young voters, who rely on late night talk shows and comedy/satire shows for political analysis.

Cheers ... to the EDC for hosting a workshop to provide assistance to existing county industries. Existing industries are the primary job creators in the county.

Cheers ... to the REaCH program students who participated in a Day of Caring by volunteering their time and energy to provide assistance at Henderson Care Center, Hospice of Rutherford County and United Way.

Jeers ... to the State of Arizona for putting a proposition on its ballot which would give the state exclusive control of the Grand Canyon.  Proposition 120 would amend the state’s constitution to declare Arizona’s sovereignty and jurisdiction over the “air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state’s boundaries.”

Jeers ... to the U.S. Department of Justice for a rule prohibiting members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina from possessing eagle feathers because the tribe is not federally recognized. The idea that a governmental agency can determine by rule a person’s heritage is repugnant.

Jeers ... to the out-of-state PAC that is pouring $700,000 or so to influence our Judicial system. A judicial candidate with any integrity would denounce that outside effort to swing the election.

Cheers ... to the Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program that provides North Carolina citizens an opportunity to pay tribute to those that have served this country and protected our freedom. Honor a Veteran this up coming Election by requesting a button and/or sharing a story.

From a reader

Cheers ... to the Union Mills Learning Center for their successful festival on Saturday. Their board members and the East High Key Club worked together to coordinate an event that was enjoyed by many. Attendees enjoyed the delicious breakfast, vendors, and activities for the children. Homegrown bluegrass also performed with five year old Hayden Phillips playing the spoons. Good job Learning Center! Looking forward to future events.

To offer your own cheer or jeer for consideration, email Editor Matthew Clark at mclark@thedigitalcourier.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 Publisher Jake Volcsko and Editor Matthew Clark