Cheers and Jeers

May. 25, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Cheers ... to Amie Sessoms and to all the recipients of ROPE awards who are now heading to college with a great assist from the McNair Foundation.

Cheers ... to the nine Rutherford County students who won Lutz scholarships to attend the college of their choice, thanks to local business Lutz Petroleum.

Cheers ... to all the volunteers at the Community Pet Center and the New Leash on Life program, a great program that benefits the community as well as the pets and the inmates involved.

Jeers ... to state politicians of both parties who take “contributions” from the video gambling industry, which expects something in return for their money in the form of legislation that benefits them directly.  

Cheers ... to opening night for the American Legion Post 423 baseball team. Summer is almost officially here and with Post 423 and the Owls opening this week, the signs of the season are upon us.

Cheers ... to the local student-athletes who were recently named to their respective All-Conference soccer teams. All four schools in Rutherford County were represented well and we congratulate them all for their accomplishments.

Cheers ... to Dr. Janet Sims-Wood and the Dunbar School Alumni for helping to preserve African American heritage in Rutherford County.

Cheers ... to Aaron Collins, Joseph Smith, Keith Hamilton, Bobby Terry, Wesley Williams and Travis Warren for earning their GEDs from ICC while detained at the Rutherford Correctional Center. We hope this achievement will be the first of many positives in their lives from this time forward.

Cheers ... to the Town of Lake Lure for adopting the Lake Lure Chimney Rock Comprehensive Transportation Plan and the Lake Lure Chimney Rock Traffic Study. Lake Lure joins the other municipalities in the county that thoughtfully plan for the orderly growth and development of their communities. We wonder when or if the county will do likewise.

Jeers ... to corporate CEO pay that averages $9.7 million when the average worker struggles to earn $39,900 a year. Sure the boss should be paid the most, but not 243 times what the workers are paid. 

Jeers ... to the North Carolina Senate budget proposal that passed last week. There were too many important line items that were either removed or shifted around. We hope the House takes a hard look at the budget and restores some of those cuts.

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.