Cheers and Jeers

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Cheers: To Yu Darvish for tipping his hat to the Houston crowd after pitching his near-perfect game. A class act from Japan if I ever saw one. All the major-league pitchers should make a note of Yu's good manners and respond accordingly.

-- Jim L. Burden, Crowley

Jeers: To the State Fair of Texas for not keeping Bill Bragg as the voice of Big Tex. His voice was synonymous with the big guy, and I looked forward each year to hearing it when attending the fair. He will be missed. Bring Bill back!

-- Dee Scandling, Keller

Cheers: To Cowboys Stadium and the NCAA for inviting fans to attend the South Regional basketball practices March 28. Complimentary admission and parking provided a great opportunity for fans to see the beautiful stadium and to share in March Madness.

-- Larry and Mary Ann Nelon,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To a recent Little League tournament in Arlington. Our boys were the ones who suffered due to your lack of organization and unprofessional attitudes.

-- Crystal Timmerman, Arlington

Cheers: To the great lady who paid for our order at Starbucks on Hulen Street one recent Saturday.

-- Irene Koch, Weatherford

Cheers: To the Fort Worth Water Department team that responded to my call at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday to repair a 4-foot-long section of water main pipe that had burst on Toledo Avenue. The repair was complicated. Those men worked hard, never stopped, and we had water service by 12:45.

-- C.J. Reinhart, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the Fort Worth Water Department for alerting me to an unknown, serious leak; to Micky and Jack of Joyners Plumbing, who located the leak; to Luis, who fixed the leak; and especially to Mike Joyner and his mother, who treated the problem as seriously as I did.

-- Guelma B. Hopkins,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To Burleson Centennial's theater department for its one-act play, A Woman Called Truth. Everyone involved did a great job in telling a difficult history lesson. Jeers to a UIL judge whose critique did not make sense.

-- Jonathan Freedman, Burleson

Cheers: To the nurses and doctors in the transplant unit at Baylor All Saints Hospital for their professional, yet loving care of my mother, Becky Dixon. Though she passed away last week, their care allowed her to have a few more years of happy, productive life.

-- Michael H. Dixon,

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Cheers: To Dr. James Miller, who did a terrific job in performing surgery on my son. He was very professional and at the same time very kind and caring. Also to the anesthesiologist, Dr. Barker. And last, but not least, to the pre-op and recovery nurses at Fort Worth Cook Children's. Thanks.

-- David Parmer,

Southlake

Jeers: To everyone who did not stop and render aid or act as a witness when a car pulled out in front of me and stopped on Texas 26 at 7 a.m. on March 20. The car fled the scene, and there is more than $10,000 of damage to my car. Not one person stopped.

-- Stacey Beers, Fort Worth

Cheers: To 3 Parrots Taco Shop in Benbrook for safely returning my iPad that I had left in a booth. Thank you for your integrity and great food!

-- Carol McQuien,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Fort Worth street department for installing two more needless speed humps on Overton Park Drive West between Ranch View Road and Bellaire Drive South. These do not slow people down. Posting an officer to slow the Tanglewood moms would be more effective.

-- Barrett Thomas, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Buttons Restaurant for having Band of Brothers play. Those guys really know how to have a good time. I normally don't listen to blues music, but they definitely had me rocking!

-- Alison Busse, Fort Worth

Jeers: To whoever decided to do the construction on South University Drive and West Berry Street. It is very frustrating. I have to allow an extra 15 minutes every time I leave my home. The construction also makes it hard to get to the businesses along these roads.

-- Ashley Harris, Fort Worth

Jeers: To school board candidates who have their people knocking on doors after 9 p.m. at night. Even if I was going to vote for one candidate, the trio of high school kids he sent to my door would change my mind. His lack of oversight is upsetting.

-- Stephanie Vordokas,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Lege for wanting to drug-test the unemployed. Why not gun buyers?

-- Warren M. Lynn, Fort Worth

Cheers: And much appreciation for the Alzheimer's Association Spring Symposium on March 28. "Understanding Care, Treatment & Prevention" offered a well-organized day of learning about a disease that is becoming more and more of an issue for countless families.

-- Anne Sanders, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the police division at Jones Street. I am so thankful that one officer stayed with me until the wrecker arrived after my car had been hit while I was volunteering at Bass Hall. It was after 10 p.m. Three other officers came by and made sure I was OK.

-- Jutta Bertelsen,

Richland Hills

Jeers: To the middle-aged couple heckling my mother-in-law outside the mall. You will have a mountain one day.

-- Kimberly N. Walters,

Bastrop

Cheers: To the nice lady in the red car who helped me when my dog ran off March 29 on Westridge Avenue and Camp Bowie Boulevard. Also, cheers to Charlie in the gray pickup who drove me around the neighborhood in an attempt to find my dog. Happy ending: Dog home safe.

-- R. M. Owens, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the NCAA and TBS for not saying the NCAA Tournament was being played in Arlington. Instead, they said they were "20 miles west of Dallas" or "in North Texas." Next year, when we host the Final Four it'll be 15 miles east of Fort Worth or five miles south of DFW Airport.

-- Don Kromer, Arlington

Jeers: To Kim Jong Un for targeting several U.S. locations to shoot at. Seriously? Take Hawaii off your list!

-- Ronald Hart, Arlington

Cheers: To the Brahmas hockey team for making the playoffs for the sixth year straight. Cheers to their coach, Dan Wildfong, for earning CHL Coach of the Year. Thanks to the NYTEX Sports Center and Brahmas staff for providing such great family entertainment.

-- Glenda Bradley,

Burleson

Jeers: To the NCAA ticket policy requiring every person, even babies, to have a ticket for the NCAA Tournament. Hence, our 3-month-old twin granddaughters did not get into the KU-Michigan game because we were not going to pay $45 per baby for the cheapest ticket.

-- John Miller, Southlake

Cheers: To the fellow who paid for my dinner at Chili's March 10. It was a very nice surprise and made my day. I never had that happen before, and I kept telling my family about it all day long. Thank you. It was so thoughtful of you.

-- Jane E. Warren,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To two women at a fast-food restaurant. Your two young boys (neither looked older than 3) were running around the place. You were too busy talking, looking at your cellphones and your boyfriend, who joined you later, among other distractions. Take the time to feed your kids and yourselves.

-- Donald Kern,

Fort Worth

Cheers: A bit belated, but thanks for the handy new Trail Drive connector road and other visible, attractive improvements at the Will Rogers Memorial Center complex.

-- Joel Fowler,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To the person who found and turned in my sister-in-law's purse at Cheddar's on Little Road on March 22. Thanks for your honesty and the honesty of the Cheddar's staff. My sister-in-law, from Arizona, is always saying how great Texans are, and this just proves it!

-- Patty Taylor,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To the nice man who made a beautiful day -- Good Friday -- even better when he bought our lunch at Buttermilk Cafe in Bedford. Thank you, kind sir. We'll pay it forward.

-- Judy Stanford,

Hurst

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