Cheers and Jeers

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Cheers: To the Briaroaks Volunteer Fire Department heroes who held their annual fish fry fundraiser this month. The difference this year was that the proceeds were committed to the West Volunteer Fire Department. This event will provide more than $8,000 to begin to restock assets to protect the residents of West.

-- Harvie R. Jamison, Bedford

Cheers: To the city of Los Angeles for displaying the Texas flag at half-staff surrounded by U.S. flags in honor of the West fertilizer explosion tragedy. Very classy.

-- Joe Blackwell, Bedford

Cheers: To Jim Nance of CBS Sports for sending condolences to the people of West, while other national news media people didn't even mention it on their Sunday programs.

-- Barbara Crudgington,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To U.S. Sen. John Cornyn for caving to the gun industry, filibustering a responsible bipartisan bill to close the background check loophole, figuratively kicking families of the Sandy Hook victims in the face, then going on C-SPAN2 to cover his actions with horsefeathers.

-- Robert J. Vann II,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To men and women driving down Walnut Creek Drive around 12:15 p.m. April 16 who saw the honor guard leading our procession and stopped your cars out of respect. Our family was deeply touched to see so many strangers showing respect as we took our hero to his final resting place. Thanks and God bless!

-- Jenna Leigh Ogletree,


Cheers: To Toni Russell, American Airlines liaison, for making it a priority to get all 25 World War II veterans and their guardians home from their Honor Flight Fort Worth trip to Washington, D.C., on April 16, after our flight was canceled. You are the best!

-- Loyce Engler-Houston,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To Dr. Scott Bloemendel and the entire surgical team at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. Your caring attitude and professional competence were outstanding even at 5 a.m. Superior patient care is obvious. Thank you for a job well done.

-- Harold J. Ard, Fort Worth

Jeers: To those trying to bring term limits to our community. We have the benchmark city, with some of the best retailers and resorts in all of Dallas-Fort Worth. They are here due to solid and consistent leadership. Don't try to change our community just because you cannot get yourself elected.

-- Matt Carnes, Grapevine

Jeers: To the unpatriotic person who keyed our car four different times above the USMC Purple Heart license plate while we were parked in a fitness center parking lot in Southlake. Obviously, the person didn't understand or care that personal sacrifice gave him the freedom to create such a disrespectful act of vandalism.

-- Annabelle Krueger, Southlake

Jeers: To those who go to restaurants and sit for hours visiting or conduct unreserved business meetings and leave an insufficient gratuity. Your wait person's salary is approximately $2.13 an hour. Taxes on your ticket are paid out of their wages and gratuity received. The longer you sit, the more money they lose.

-- Sharon Roberts, Watauga

Cheers: To The Home Depot on U.S. 377. A big thanks to Joseph Penczynzyn (doors), Heidi (customer service) and Todd (assistant manager). They care about their customers, and it shows.

-- Lisa Dimmitt, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the organizers of the recent race that ran through the Park Hill neighborhood. You routed your runners through our yard where there is a sprinkler system. Shame on you! Please don't do it again.

-- Beverly Daniels, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery (ESMS) in Weatherford for saving my horse, Fancy. The staff's expertise and compassion were demonstrated minute by minute as Fancy had colic surgery and complications. He was in ICU 14 days, and the staff never left his side. He's back home and doing great.

-- Barbara Harty,


Jeers: To the Fort Worth Zoo. I spent over 30 minutes waiting to get to the entrance to find the parking lot closed on April 19 at 10:15 a.m. Cheers to the Dallas Zoo -- got a front-row parking spot on the same day with no waiting in traffic.

-- Lance Morris, Bedford

Cheers: To the anonymous couple who paid for our "Girl's Day" lunch April 18 at Mercado Juarez. This group always has a great time, and you made it even more special with your kindness. We will definitely pay it forward.

-- Suzanne Burden, Crowley

Jeers: To whichever agency controls the traffic lights in Saginaw. Every time a train comes through (and we get a lot of trains), several of the lights begin blinking red for no known reason. As soon as the train clears the intersection, the light resumes normal operation. Why?

-- Jay Barton, Saginaw

Cheers: To the great service at Applebee's in North Richland Hills. Ray, the manager, gave senior discount cards to our Sunday school group. Also, Applebee's had a Braille menu for our blind member. Our server, Christopher, took great care of our many special requests.

-- Terri Estes,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn for carrying on Chris Kyle's dream of a concealed handgun license class for teachers. Teachers were told they were valued and appreciated, and that rarely happens! We appreciate the volunteers, their instruction and patience.

-- Sherry Feltner, Arlington

Cheers: To a wonderful couple who, when I ran out of gas on Knowles Drive in Saginaw on such a warm day, went to get gas, put it in my car and refused any payment; just said it was their blessing to me. God Bless you, Mr. and Mrs. Thornell Godfrey.

-- Josephine Costen, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Stolen Shakespeare Guild's brilliant production of Picnic, William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Well-directed with a great ensemble cast and wonderful set and sounds. Intense with comic relief, an entertaining production. A giant step for this little theater group. It's a must-see.

-- Phil Brown, Arlington

Jeers: To the ever-increasing number of people who incorrectly use "myself" instead of "I" or "me." Myself, yourself, himself, herself and themselves are reflective pronouns that "reflect" back to a pronoun (e.g., "I never did that myself"). They are not stand-alone pronouns. If "I" or "me" works in the sentence, "myself" is wrong.

-- Robert Allen,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To the city of Fort Worth for the parking nightmare between Will Rogers Coliseum and the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Inconsistent rates; terrible bottlenecks. It took me 38 minutes to exit. The long lines even cost me more money as I waited to exit!

-- Dana Schultes, Fort Worth

Jeers: To those who felt they needed to protest at the dedication of former President Bush's library. Why were you not working? How about using your time to help people in need, like the residents of West? Each of you should be ashamed to call yourself Americans.

-- Peggy Wetle, Granbury

Cheers: To Fort Worth firefighters, MedStar paramedics and the ER staff of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital who cared for me after my freak accident. They were awesome, caring individuals who kept me positive and laughing. Also to my daughter, Jillian, and husband, Lee, who started first aid and called 911.

-- Jane Hall, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the sweet lady at the Shell gas station on Broadway Street in Joshua on Sunday. You came to the rescue when my girlfriend's son had a major nosebleed. My girlfriend and I really want you to know we appreciate your kindness. Kindness matters.

-- Shannon West, Burleson

Cheers: To Fort Worth for doing everything to keep people safe during the Main Street Arts Festival. After the Boston bombings, it was a comfort to see police at the festival. Thank you, Fort Worth, for keeping the city's best weekend safe.

-- Stephanie Bothe, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Boston baseball player who spoke at the game after the bombing. Boston deserves better. We've forgotten our language manners over the years. Movies, television and spoken words have become so R-rated that our children do not know how to speak without using inappropriate words.

-- Mackilee Martin, Fort Worth

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