Cheers: To TCU for a fabulously smooth first football game experience! No waiting for the shuttle, no lines for concessions, a stunning facility and a classy win. Who could ask for more from our hometown team?-- Karen White-Dacy, Fort WorthCheers: To the John Peter Smith Hospital emergency room and trauma unit. My-out-of-state family was treated with exceptional care. A life-and-death situation was turned around in a heartbeat. Thanks to Dr. Kirk and Dr. Lee in the emergency room and the ICU staff. They couldn't have been more caring.-- Roselee Kerr, North Richland HillsCheers: To the wonderful musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. They presented a benefit concert at Arborlawn United Methodist Church for our Snack Sack program. The musicians arranged for 40 cases of products from PepsiCo, and the program raised more than $5,000 for the project. The music was superb. Thanks.-- Liz Hill, BenbrookCheers: To the young lady who came to the aid of the man who had fallen at the corner of Eighth and West Magnolia avenues. He had crawled back to the corner, and she jumped out of her car, retrieved his walker and helped him up. A true hero.-- James Jolley, Fort WorthJeers: To KXAS/Channel 5 for not highlighting the score of the biggest football game in the state: Texas A&M vs. Florida. Your coverage of TCU was well deserved, but we still reside in the state of Texas, too. Gig 'em, Aggies.-- Roy Boenig, KennedaleCheers: To the very nice family who waited in line with my daughter who was taking me to the Lunch Box for my birthday. When we asked for our ticket, the lady said, "Happy Birthday, your lunch was paid for anonymously." They made my 75th birthday really wonderful.-- June Cooley, Fort WorthCheers: To the driver of the black pickup who, on the morning of Sept. 11, got out of his truck and stopped traffic on Ridglea Avenue so a little girl on her bicycle could cross the street to get to school. Acts like this keep it a better world.-- Jenny Anderson, Fort WorthJeers: To Ford. What in the world were you thinking using Mike Rowe, "World's Dirtiest Man," for your commercials? If I ever thought of buying a Ford, trust me, it ain't happening. Oversaturation with Mike Rowe -- it's horrible.-- B. C. Cooley, ArlingtonCheers: To the friendly employees of the Cookie Machine on West Park Row Drive in Pantego for providing the ideal venue for our Wednesday bridge group. Service is excellent, lunches are delicious, and I especially appreciate their safe preparation and handling of the many gluten-free items on their menu.-- Beverly G. Siddens, PantegoCheers: To DFW Airport for disclosing Chesapeake Energy's gas royalty underpayments. I hope it won't take four years for Fort Worth and its residents with gas leases to understand and be compensated for similar underpayments. Monthly wellhead prices are posted. Chesapeake's corresponding sales price is on your check stub.-- Paul Weide, Fort WorthCheers: To KISS/106.1 for organizing the ceremony at the Grapevine 9-11 Memorial with 2,972 candles, "Chris" from Southlake Carroll sounding a beautiful taps on the bugle and a very moving singer. It was a lovely tribute to the loss of 9-11.-- Helen Allman, GrapevineJeers: To the TCU football ticket system, which displaced many loyal fans. As fans sitting on row 15 for 34 years, our best choice was four rows from the top. After the Grambling State blowout, we mourn that our team's success has resulted in our being more removed from the games.-- Helen Bernardez, Fort WorthCheers: To Texas Hospice for their kind donation of school supplies to our students at Sagamore Hill Elementary!-- Dirrick L. Butler, Assistant Principal, Fort WorthCheers: To Kohl's in Burleson and employees Diane, Donna, Kathy, Sabra, Linda, Leneé and Russell for giving up their time to help stuff 500 backpacks with school supplies for the SPARK in the Park event in Joshua. They were friendly hard workers!-- Pam Artmier, BurlesonJeers: To the National Research Council for comments in the Sept. 11 Star-Telegram indicating our missile defense system had major shortcomings. To identify to our enemies what our defense shortcomings are is inexcusable. It invites missile attacks from our enemies. It should never be done.-- Ray Kirkland, BedfordCheers: To Todd Koppes, principal of North Hi Mount Elementary. He works so well with the staff, students and parents. You can tell he loves what he does. Keep up the good work -- it's going to be a good year.-- Donnell Ballard, Fort WorthJeers: To Fort Worth Animal Control's new policies. As a taxpayer, I think a municipal facility should provide for all animals. While I don't like that healthy, adoptable animals are put down, the alternative scares me even more -- suffering on the streets of Fort Worth.-- Caroline Fralia, Fort WorthCheers: To the staff of the Worthington Renaissance hotel for hosting its annual 9-11 Lunch For Patriots. The entire staff, from the general manager busing tables to the chefs grilling the food, was extremely hospitable while serving Fort Worth police and firefighters. Many thanks!-- Gary Jamiolkowski, Fort WorthJeers: To WFAA/Channel 8 for its broadcast on a story about crime-ridden neighborhoods and the steps that 7-Eleven is taking to make those neighborhoods safer. During their story, they showed customers in the store, and one was wearing a shirt with a vulgar phrase.-- Susan Tyler, MansfieldJeers: To Forest Park Miniature Railroad for not posting an updated calendar online. We took our son to ride three times this summer, only to find they were not open. Cheers to the TRE, which we rode instead for $14 to Centerport and back. Our son had a blast.-- Matt Schutz, White SettlementCheers: To golf pro David Fowler and course superintendent Robert Chandler for the superb condition of Pecan Valley's Hills and River courses for the Super Senior Golf Tournament Sept. 10-11. The greens were as good as any I've played this year.-- Marshall Stewart, Fort WorthJeers: To the people who don't know what a yield sign is or refuse to yield. And a big jeer to the police who don't enforce them. In certain situations, it is the same as a stop sign.-- Chris Roberts, Fort WorthCheers: To everyone who thanked, thought about, prayed about, provided a meal to, waved at, blew kisses to and smiled at any firefighter on the anniversary of 9-11. Although we may have a hard time expressing it, your kindness, recognition and generosity still touch every firefighter even after 11 years.-- Brian Cudaback, ArlingtonCheers: To Champion Windows and especially Edward. He did a great job on my warranty request. Champion Windows always stands behind their lifetime warranty on everything I buy from them.-- B.J. Denson, JoshuaCheers: To the kind neurosurgeon at the Cook Children's Starbucks who paid it forward to three unsuspecting strangers the afternoon of Sept. 11. You made our day!-- Magdalene Winter, Fort WorthJeers: To the local businesses that did not lower their flags to half staff on 9-11. How quickly we forget.-- Fran J. Kahn, Grand PrairieCheers: To my generous neighbors on Brookway Drive and Hulen Park and Buttercup circles, who participated in my granddaughter's (Kamryn Beck's) project to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She made and sold coin purses from duct tape and raised a total of $42.45. Thanks everyone!-- Deborah Bodiford, Fort WorthCheers: To Ken Herman for defining a "freeway" in the Sept. 14 Star-Telegram. The incomplete Texas 199 is festooned with yellow "freeway" ends and begins signs. It looks like an "Emperor's New Clothes"-type of propaganda from TxDOT: If you post "freeway" enough, people may believe it! Jeers for not completing "Freeway 199."-- Ferrol Miller, AzleCheers: To the Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department. Despite budgets cuts, you maintain Capps Park in South Hemphill Heights beautifully -- mowing, edging and cleaning. The Capps Park neighborhood appreciates your efforts to keep our front yard city park welcoming.-- Larry and Mary Ann Nelon, Fort WorthCheers: To Autumn Jacobo and Tony Hiller of the code compliance office for negotiating a 6 a.m. commercial trash pickup time. I live near Camp Bowie Boulevard; commercial haulers collected trash behind my house from 3:30 to 4 a.m. -- on three separate days! The noise can wake the dead. -- Jerry Cagle, Fort Worth
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