Cheers and Jeers

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Cheers: To good tippers. Did you know that the state of Texas allows pay as low as $2.35 per hour for jobs that typically receive tips? This means waiters/waitresses rely on tips to pay their bills. Generally, tips range from 10 to 20 percent. God bless the good tippers!

-- Darlene Long,

Porterville, Calif.

Jeers: To the Fort Worth Transportation and Public Works Department. Apparently Forest Park Boulevard just has too much traffic. So reduce it to one lane in each direction and add bike lanes so both guys who actually bike to work can have a lane. I'm glad the mayor's hobby isn't swimming.

-- Lee Rogers, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Bradley Roberts, sales consultant at AT&T Hulen. Brad was courteous, patient and skilled as he helped this nontech person retrieve and install on her iPhone. Thank you.

-- Deanna Walker, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the person(s) who stole my statues of Jesus and Mary from my front yard in southwest Fort Worth before Christmas. I had them for over 20 years. Shame on you. Please return them immediately.

-- Pamela Jones, Fort Worth

Jeers: To Channel 11's programming schedule. It has news from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Since all the breaking news, both here and in Washington, D.C., seems to happen at 11 a.m., move 30 minutes of the news to that time slot and put Jeopardy in the afternoon.

-- JoAnn Martin, Arlington

Cheers: To John, who came to our rescue on a rainy night, Jan. 9, at the entrance of Myers Meadow in Southlake. We had a flat and jack problems. Three people stopped to offer help. Then along came John, who went home and returned with a jack. Our heartfelt thanks.

-- Wanda Neubauer,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To Euless Police Officer S. Peterson, ID # 279, who was a wonderful, calming help to me Jan. 16 at the accident scene at the intersection of Highways 157 and 183 West in Euless. The Euless Police Department shines brightly with officers' actions. The Tilley family thanks you.

-- Wendy A. Tilley, Fort Worth

Cheers: To all the people who took care of me during my recent surgery at Medical Center of Arlington. Starting from Dr. Jason Harrison's office to the time I was wheeled out to my car, it was a job well done. Sorry, I cannot remember all your names.

-- Richard Jack French, Arlington

Jeers: To any school district that allows employees, including teachers, to carry guns to school. Where on earth will these guns be kept so they aren't accessible to a child?

-- Deborah Greenlee, Arlington

Cheers: To Mrs. Billman, the nice lady who offered three strangers -- myself (a veteran), a friend and my nephew -- a ride to the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl at TCU Stadium after we had to park five or six blocks away from the stadium on a cold morning.

-- Elliott Nourvle, Dallas

Jeers: To U.S. mortgage lenders who are getting off easy in a deal to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on many homeowners. Taxpayers will subsidize them for the money they're ponying up. The IRS regards the lenders' compensation to homeowners as a cost incurred in the course of doing business.

-- G. D. Pursley, Fort Worth

Cheers: To veterinarians Peek, Metcalf and staff at Davis Boulevard Animal Clinic. Heartfelt thanks for the loving, understanding and exceptional care they've given our cats for 20 years. The latest one was our beautiful, special boy Shadow. Recently, and with much sadness, we sent him to heaven in his 16th year.

-- Julie and Mike Kirkpatrick,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To the Firestone Complete Auto Care Center on McCart Avenue in Fort Worth. Lawrence and crew, your fair pricing and old-fashioned friendly service rendered to not only me but all gained you a new customer.

-- Rusty Barfield, Fort Worth

Cheers: To J&G Moving in Newark. Great company to do business with. Jim gave a great price with no hidden charges. They arrived on time, packed my items from two different locations, were very courteous and neat. My furniture was delivered in Oklahoma on time, and nothing was broken or scratched.

-- Dottie Casey, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the kind and thoughtful person who paid for our lunch at IHOP on Jan. 10. It was greatly appreciated.

-- Tom and Patricia Dragset, Hurst

Cheers: To Jessie, Diane and Dan with the Arlington Water Department for helping us clear an air bubble in our water line. Their service and dedication should be rewarded.

-- R. G. Horstman, Arlington

Cheers: To Sam, owner of Hurst Import Cars on Texas Highway 10. He is a trustworthy mechanic who only does what is needed to keep our cars running. Over the past 12 years, I have trusted repairs to him, and he never tried to do any unnecessary work.

-- Susan Fischer-Brents,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To President Obama. Ruling by executive order is not a representative form of government.

-- Lyn Canyon,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To the nice man and his wife who had paid for our meal at IHOP. What a nice thing to do.

-- Bess Allen, Arlington

Cheers: To Bar Louie managers, Steve and Diana, for your perseverance in helping us out and making a situation right when our car was wrongly towed and mishandled because of the 7th Street security management.

-- Paige Stevenson, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest staff who cared for me during an unplanned surgery. Especially thanks to Drs. McCurdy and Harper and the surgical team: Francesco DiPierro, Lindsey, Heather, Pam. Sincere gratitude to nurses Chelsea, Isabel, Felicia, Amy, Valerie, Kathy Terryah, Arlene, ER staff and Tim Madison.

-- Amy Vanderpoel, Benbrook

Jeers: To the drivers on Highway 121 from downtown to the Mid-Cities area who are some of the rudest I have seen in a very long time. Texas is a friendly state, but these drivers must be from someplace else.

-- Virginia Preas, Hurst

Cheers: To the Omni Hotel employee who found my money clip and credit cards in the Walgreen's parking lot downtown. And thanks to Travis and Walgreen's employees for keeping same safe. Would not accept any reward. You guys are the best.

-- Terry Grimes, Bedford

Cheers: To the American Airlines Flight 2249 crew from Nashville to DFW on Jan 13. Every person was personally greeted and directed where to stow baggage. The onboard service was pleasantly old-fashion and professional. On-time departure, happy customers and room for everyone's bag. I'm proud of our hometown company!

-- Tammy Calandro, Arlington

Jeers: To a house in Watauga for flying the American flag upside-down at half-staff on Inauguration Day. Whether your statement was against our president or Martin Luther King Day, you were wrong.

-- Wesley Charles, Watauga

Cheers: To Community Hospice of Texas. After caring so lovingly for my cancer-ridden wife, they have, since she passed, sent me for the last year pamphlets and beautiful poetry of hope and encouragement that have helped immensely in my grief. Y'all are truly angels!

-- Bob Gilbert, Euless

Cheers: To the entire staff at Care Now in Grapevine. On Dec. 30, the place was overflowing with sick people, with waits of more than four hours. The ladies in the front were so pleasant and calm throughout the day. Applause for their calmness in the storm of sickness.

-- Judi M. Williams, Grapevine

Cheers: To the people who stopped to help me Jan. 17: the Haltom City Fire/Rescue unit, MedStar ambulance and the emergency staff at North Hills Hospital. Your kindness and help were greatly appreciated during my time of need.

-- Donnie Williams,

Haltom City

Cheers: To the Arlington Sam Houston boys' soccer team for standing respectfully at attention during the National Anthem at Carroll's Dragon Stadium. Perhaps you can provide some remedial lesson to your fans, none of whom bothered to stand or remove their hats. What a disgrace.

-- Joe Horne, Southlake

Cheers: To the lady in front of me at Staples who, after learning I was buying 150 folders for my students to use for their reports, bought half of them for me. What an amazing random act of kindness. This act done out of love is exactly what this world needs.

-- Meghan McCoy,

Fort Worth

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