Cheers: To the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, for a wonderful and fitting tribute to Van Cliburn with the “From Russia With Love” Russian festival. The soloists were impressive and the festival showed that Fort Worth will strive to always remember one of its most iconic figures. Thank you.— Julian E. Armstrong, Fort Worth Jeers: To the AndroGel commercial that shows how easy it would be to start a wildfire in dry Texas and to the TV stations that carry the ad. — Kenneth E. Fleming, Fort Worth Jeers: To the planners of the South Hulen Street exit off Interstate 20 West. On Sunday at noon cars were backed up at the exit all the way from Hulen past Granbury Road. Someone will get hurt or killed, and then I guess the highway planners will decide to do something about the situation. — Gary Harrell, Fort Worth Cheers: To the Fort Worth Stockyards personality who greets visitors in the persona of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. Besides being a character to reckon with, his suggestions for must-see shops, restaurants and honky-tonks added to the pleasure of our recent visit. Good for him. Good for us. And good promotion for you, too. — Mike and Barbara Coleman, Cypress Jeers: To Local 277 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union. After 35 years as a union member and steward, a respectful goodbye and/or thank you would have been nice to hear as several of us got laid off after 35-plus years at Lockheed Martin. However, I’m saying thanks to the union for 35 years of benefits. — Kathy Lischio-Antropik, North Richland Hills Cheers: To KTVT/Channel 11 for moving Jeopardy! to 6 p.m. Now, it’s not preempted every time something happens in Washington. I have to TiVo it, so if it’s preempted I don’t get to see it. Now I do. — Sue Ellen McMichael, North Richland Hills Jeers: To the new “American-made” phone. It has more imported parts than American parts and it is just assembled here, not made here, as the company would like you to believe. And why does the company need tax breaks? — Calvin Jordan, Saginaw Cheers: To the Care N Care Insurance Co. for its courtesy in helping me. The company has a magnificent plan for retired senior citizens, but I’m even more impressed by its customer service policies and attitudes. — Michael C. Robinson, Hurst Jeers: To able-bodied people who park in spots for the handicapped. It’s very easy for them to spot a lowlife. All they have to do is look in a mirror. — Ron Eakins, Haltom City Cheers: To whoever caused the joy for me of not receiving any robot or solicitation phone calls for two days. Amazing! Unbelievable! — George J. Anthony, Fort Worth Cheers: To whoever paid for lunch for two “old ladies” on Aug. 12 at Cheddar’s on Texas 183 in Bedford. It made our day. Thank you! — Lillian MacLeod, Hurst Jeers: To the workers who “repaired” a sinkhole in the curbside lane in the 6000 block of southbound Woodway Drive. The mess is worse than it was before! — Bennie and Billy Wise, Fort Worth Jeers: To the Dallas Cowboys Back to Football 5K Run at Jerry Jones’ man cave on Sept. 7. Wow, $45 for a 5K if you register between June 28 and Sept. 5. That’s not a good way to get community involvement. To run at Jerry’s man cave, which was built with the help of taxpayers, is reason enough to skip this one. — Randy Drechsel, Fort Worth Cheers: To the federal government and CaptionCall! They have made a positive difference in my loved one’s life! Severe hearing loss can cause frustration, isolation and depression. If you cannot understand what people are saying on the phone don’t give up yet. It does require an Internet connection. — Linda Vann, Euless Jeers: To a justice system that allows deadbeat moms and dads to go unpunished for not paying child support. — Stephen Lambert, Fort Worth Cheers: To the Star-Telegram for the eye-opening Aug. 4 story “Victims of life on the streets,” which dealt with the dangerous, degrading lives of homeless women. We are all made in the image of God and are supposed to help the least among us. We’re not supposed to ignore them, and most certainly not supposed to make their lives worse. — Craig W. Massie, Haltom City Cheers: To the nice, generous man at Don Pablo’s on Aug. 16 who paid for my lunch. I have already paid it forward. — Mary Darwin, Fort Worth Jeers: To those who text while driving, which I witness every day. There ought to be a fine of $500 to curb the practice. Jeers also to those who sit in their cars in handicapped parking spots, which could be used by another handicapped person. Please circle around and watch for the person you dropped off. — Angie Rohus, Fort Worth Cheers: To the staff of Richland Hills Nursing Home and Rehab for their care in the continuing recovery of our son. They are all wonderful: Chery, Bonnie, Pattie, Albert, Ben, Jewel, Nancy, Donna, Kevin, Eunice, Channelle, Maria and all the rest. — Shirley and Troy Withers and family, Haltom City Jeers: To the young man who stole my 2010 burgundy Hyundai Elantra at a KwikTrip in Arlington on Monday. He also got my cellphone and several cherished Bibles. I’m on disability and will not be able to replace those items. I pray that he turns his life around. — Paul Talevich, Benbrook Cheers: To the ER staff, doctors and nurses at JPS Health Network. As usual, I received excellent treatment and care on Aug. 5. Cheers also to Cheryl and all my customers for being so generous in a time of need. — Rebecca Miller, Fort Worth Cheers: To Tom’s Mechanical Air Conditioning & Heating, sales rep Ken Sullivan and the incredible installers, Carlos, Justin, George and Ryan. They spent several hours in my attic and outside on a very hot day installing a new heating, cooling and duct work system. Not once did I hear a complaint. Great job, guys. — Barbara Weil, Arlington Jeers: To the people who pick up recycling for the city of Fort Worth. They consistently spill paper and recycled goods all over the streets of our neighborhood during pick-up each week, making recycling much more difficult than it needs to be. — Meagan Bergeron, Fort Worth Cheers: Annie’s List, an organization dedicated to electing progressive Democratic women. I attended the group’s Candidate 101 training and sat with a diverse group of like-minded men and women all ready to change the face of politics. I left excited and ready to take the plunge, knowing I can make a difference. Thanks Annie’s List and Fort Worth! — Rhetta Andrews Bowers, Rowlett Jeers: To a detailing and window-tinting service. The job on our RV was bad and the owner incredibly rude and unprofessional. After picking up our vehicle and seeing the poor detailing job, we looked at online reviews of the business. Our mistake for not looking beforehand. The business didn’t have a single positive review. — Blair Sims, Weatherford Cheers: To Dr. Kevin Kaufman and Jimmy Callahan, RN, for buying lunch for the 40 members of Sisters Abroad last week at Italianni’s Restaurant in Hurst. “Practice random acts of kindness” has taken on a whole new meaning for us! Cheers also to Shannon and Maureen for wonderful service. — Roswitha Knoop, Sisters Abroad, Bedford Cheers: To everyone at Colleyville’s main fire station. The time you spent with our 4-year-old grandson, who is learning to deal with autism, made his tour of the fire station a memorable experience. He’s still talking about riding on the fire truck! May God bless and watch over you. — Bob and MaryAnn Nicholson, Colleyville Jeers: To whoever complained about the dachshund Belle coming to work with a county attorney in Titus County. (See Thursday commentary, “County can ban attorney’s dog.”) Where’s your compassion? The dog is ill, and to separate them now is heartbreaking! Shame on you. — Linda Gaffey, Fort Worth Jeers: To whoever reports us to animal control for barking dogs. It’s not our dogs! They don’t get to be outside because of you. Most of our neighbors have dogs. Too bad you don’t have the integrity to handle the problem in a decent manner. — Debbie Bates and family, Bedford Cheers: To whoever generously paid for my dinner at AA Chinese Restaurant in Burleson on Wednesday evening, thanking me for my service in the Korean War. Your kind gesture truly made my day! — C.R. Brown, Fort Worth
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