Cheers: To Van Cliburn on his recent appearance at the Cliburn Foundation's 50th anniversary concert. You continue to bring class and culture to Cowtown! We love you, Van!-- Jean Walbridge, Fort WorthJeers: To The New York Times writers Michael Barbaro and Michael D. Shear. Their piece Sept. 1 about Clint Eastwood's speech, with the empty chair holding an invisible Obama, was priceless! The convention crowd loved it, but you would never know if you read their article. They both have to be Democrats!-- Betty J. Miller, Fort WorthCheers: To Frances at A National Auto Body & Paint in Arlington for repairing at no charge my car's bumper -- and over $1,000 in additional work caused by me -- after she ran into me. When I picked up my car, my jewelry left in the trunk was still there.-- Kyra Berman, MansfieldJeers: To the Star-Telegram for not publishing the electric rate chart in the weekly Saturday paper. This chart helps the reader decide what electric provider to choose.-- Roy Gene Barnes, Fort WorthJeers: To the Precinct 4 county commissioner and the road crews for digging an eight-foot-deep, 500-foot-long hole in Old Decatur Road only to leave it for more than two weeks. Old Decatur Road was bad, but you made it worse. C'mon, man. Either finish the job or don't start it. -- Alan Hall, Fort Worth Cheers: To the Star-Telegram for printing truth instead of lies ("Fact-Checking Ryan's Speech," Aug. 31). Voters need help making sense out of the political flimflam. We need honesty and truth in talk and print, and fact-checks help.-- Robert J. Torres, ColleyvilleCheers: To veterinarian Shannon McGee of PetLossAtHome.com for helping me say goodbye to my 16-year-old cat, Punkin. She came to my home and helped my precious boy pass peacefully while I held him in my arms. What a gift to us who want this for our "best friends."-- Carolyn Stacy, ColleyvilleCheers: To John Castillo at Roof Tech for replacing my mother's hail-damaged roof after the last hailstorm in north Dallas. He and his crew were most impressive with their promptness, courteousness and professionalism. After the roof was finished, John made sure my mom was completely satisfied with every detail.-- Pat Sullivan, DentonCheers: To Ed Wallace for his wide-ranging Sunday columns that transcend the mundane output of the auto-pundit minions. His essays are consistently erudite, informative and entertaining. Additionally, he is the anti-Luddite who embraces cyberspace and unfailingly responds with alacrity and consideration to e-mail missives from his readers.-- Arnold Benson, KellerCheers: To veterinarian Roger Kendrick and his staff at Country Club Pet Hospital in Mansfield. As our beloved dog Missy came to the end of her life, the entire staff gave support that will be forever remembered. Glad they will continue caring for the rest of our "extended family."-- Cynthia Folk, MansfieldJeers: To the city of Fort Worth for contracting with a third party to extract revenue from its residents via red light cameras. A rolling right turn on red at 6 a.m. on a deserted Sunday morning costs $75. Sad.-- Jay Martin, Fort WorthCheers: To Kevin Medlin, who recently stepped down as president of the Paschal Alumni Association. Kevin's leadership and dedication for the past six-plus years has made this high school association one of the tops in the nation, and the benefits for Paschal are innumerable.-- Larry Small, HurstCheers: To the people who work the guard shacks at Benbrook Lake and provide free iced water to us cyclists. Jeers to large groups of cyclists who take up both sides of the road while cycling the lake. Your defiance of the rules of the road endangers all of us.-- Dorothy Head, Fort WorthCheers: To Julie Robinson, announcement coordinator for the Star-Telegram. Her kindness, personal attention and professionalism helped to ensure my parents' recent 65th anniversary announcement was perfect! She answered all questions, arranged for proofs and offered great advice. She is a wonderful ambassador for your paper! Thanks, Julie!-- Deborah Alexander Nash,Fort WorthCheers: To the two ladies who helped me pick up the croissants that fell out of my shopping bag as I attempted to hold my dress that was flying up in the wind on Aug. 30 at the Tom Thumb at Fielder and Randol Mill roads. Your kindness was greatly appreciated and will be passed on.-- Rochelle Johnson, Fort WorthJeers: To the mattress lady who inundates the TV with her commercials and her screaming at us. I want my TV back.-- Rickey Burns, WacoJeers: To first lady Michelle Obama. When Barack Obama was running for president, his wife said, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country." How will she feel if he loses re-election?-- John Henderson, Haltom CityCheers: To the North Richland Hills Tennis Center for donating used tennis balls to several local schools. We appreciate your support!-- Carolyn Gordon, North Richland HillsCheers: To our Adopt-A-School partner, Fidelity. Our school, Kirkpatrick Middle, is now as beautiful as our students, thanks to your hard work. We also appreciate all the donations for the teachers and kids! Thank you for all you have done for us. We couldn't have asked for a better partner!-- Dina Sprinkles, Fort WorthJeers: To the Fort Worth trash and recycling trucks for tearing limbs from my old live oak tree several times. Cheers to the city of Fort Worth forestry crew for repairing damage and increasing clearance.-- Mike Leeman, Fort WorthCheers: To Vicki Carter and Mark Bober for taking their dogs (whippets) to visit people in nursing homes. I know how much people in nursing homes and hospitals appreciate these visits.-- Walter H. Delashmit, JustinCheers: To the staff at Enterprise Rent-a-Car Wichita Falls for excellent service. We've rented from them twice in the last year, and both times they were friendly, courteous and helpful. The cars we had were excellent. We recommend them highly.-- Allen and Freida McAninch, Wichita FallsCheers: To the Love Bug Bakery in Mansfield. Fantastic selection of cakes, pies, yummy cupcakes, lots of flavors and their cranberry-coconut cookies are wonderful. Since Red Oven closed in Arlington, hadn't found a replacement and now I have. Nice drive down Matlock Road to East Broad Street.-- Betty E. Parr, ArlingtonCheers: To the wonderful employees at National Tire & Battery in Mansfield. They performed routine work on my vehicle quickly and didn't charge me. I would recommend them to anyone and will visit them again when I need new tires.-- Benjamin Kelly, MansfieldCheers: To the Haltom City Housing Authority. They have provided my mom with a safe and good place to live for 14 years. Claire, Megan and the employees run a fair and tight ship there and are good with working for the benefit of the residents and Haltom City.-- Phil Leberta, KellerCheers: To Educational Employees Credit Union and Meridian Bank Texas, both great institutional friends of education. Natalie and Vija, Denisa and Leslie -- all of us at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus thank you for your continued generosity and support of professional development activities at our campus. You're exemplary community friends.-- Tahita Fulkerson, Fort WorthCheers: To Richland Middle School. As a U.S. Army and Desert Storm veteran, I was deeply touched to hear over the school's loudspeaker system children reciting both the Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the Texas flag -- a true example of patriotism and pride that makes having served this country well worth it!-- Barry D. Wilson, North Richland HillsCheers: To the helpful employee at the Lake Worth QuikTrip who saw me limping in with a blown tire and immediately volunteered to change it, saying he worked at a tire store before. After changing my tire, he checked the spare's air pressure and sent me on my way, refusing payment.-- Carol Rasco, Fort WorthCheers: To Clinton Calhoun and Josh Bockelman of Texas Nissan of Grapevine. I appreciate the excellent way I was assisted and treated with the purchase of my new car. Two very professional and helpful men. Thanks so much for your help.-- Clara Milner, HurstJeers: To the lady who hit my car Sept. 7 in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Anderson Road at Interstate 30. You sat in your blue van and watched me get in my car, hoping I wouldn't see the damages (and I didn't) before leaving. Think no one saw you? God did!-- Ruby Sharp, Fort WorthJeers: To Coach Gary Patterson, who last February said, "Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU's student athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff." True, some players got the boot, but why is the quarterback still on the team -- special tolerance?-- Jim Sanderson, Fort WorthCheers: To the city of Fort Worth's Solid Waste Services for picking up a large stack of trimmings unbundled and 15 feet from the curb in my yard. Had planned on renting a wood-chipper to help dispose of the trimmings, but now I don't have to!-- Rocky Willett, Fort WorthJeers: To whoever gave me a ticket. I knowingly parked in a no-parking zone on Cooper Street near the medical district. Four other vehicles were parked in front of me. Upon my return, of all the vehicles still parked in the same place, only mine had a ticket! I felt targeted!-- Sheryl Wilson, Fort WorthCheers: To Donna, Shela, Dr. Joshua Hay and staff at Spine Works Institute, and to Kathy and entire staff at Calloway Creek Surgery Center for their extraordinary efforts in getting my procedure moved up two weeks! You are professional, caring, wonderful human beings.-- Larry Norris, Fort Worth
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