Cheers & Jeers

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Jeers: To the Texas Tea Party zealots for cramming rabid ideologue Sen. Ted Cruz down our throats. Sixty-six percent of voters in the 2012 Texas Republican primary voted for “Other”! Cruz won his U.S. Senate seat with 4.5 million votes, one-sixth of Texas’ population. Hardly a mandate! Now exposed as a self-serving bomb-thrower, he’s an unmitigated disaster.

— Robert Moore, Fort Worth

Jeers: To Canada. Not only are they trying to ship the dirtiest, most caustic petroleum sludge on the planet to China via the U.S. midsection because they don’t want to sully their own precious landscape, but now they’ve exported something even more caustic — Rafael Edward Cruz, i.e., Joseph McCarthy II.

— Robert J. Vann II, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the U.S. Congress for its inability to govern.

— Bob Cosby, Fort Worth

Jeers: To all the Republican members of Congress from our area who voted against reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling. We should kick every Republican in Tarrant County out of office. They have almost destroyed the U.S. economy. Double jeers to Sen. Ted Cruz and anyone who voted for this fool.

— Monte Sumner,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To the GOP, who remind me of spoiled little rich kids, who instead of shaking hands with their opponent after losing a ballgame, pull up the bases, destroy the equipment, burn down the dugout, tear up the field, and then take their bats and go home.

— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the government shutdown. My beautiful daughter was killed on Tuesday as she was walking on Camp Bowie Boulevard. Her daughter and military husband couldn’t get assistance to fly because of the government shutdown. The airlines charge outrageous bereavement fares and they had no spaces for use of frequent-flier miles. I am so sad.

— Cheryl Beck, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the protesters on a bridge over Interstate 30 in Arlington on a recent Friday. Whatever your political message, causing a five-mile-long traffic jam won’t win you many supporters.

— Sean Hayward, Arlington

Jeers: To Texas Rangers part-owner Ray Davis and general manager Jon Daniels. Ousting Nolan Ryan was a dirty, rotten, mean thing to do. Cheers to Ryan for all of the wonderful memories, not only as a player but also as an owner. Thank you, Nolan.

— Janet Prejean, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Texas Rangers for firing coaches who only do what their manager tells them to do. There’s a rumor that a company in the Philippines is planning to buy the Rangers and change their name to the Manila Folders. Bring ’em on!

— E.J. Lahaie, Hurst

Jeers: To Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. Your time has come. You fired Jackie Moore (a coach with 56 years of experience) and let go of Michael Young, Cliff Lee, Mike Napoli, Chris Davis and Adrian Gonzalez. Manager Ron Washington is probably next. It’s time for the owners to realize that you’re the one to go.

— Ron Purnell, Arlington

Cheers: To TCU faculty members Diane Hawley, recipient of the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community, and Harry Parker, winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. Thank you for all you do for TCU.

— Richard Sybesma, Fort Worth

Cheers: To DeDe Smith, fellow Eastsiders in red shirts, and all the residents of so many neighborhoods who made their voices heard at the Fort Worth City Council meeting on Tuesday. Too many subsidized apartments have been shoved onto the east side. Now how about some nice affordable homes instead. And don’t bulldoze our beautiful trees to make it happen, please.

— Susan Kennemer, Fort Worth

Jeers: To a Grapevine auto dealership. We purchased a new vehicle and were given no extra key. When we asked about it, we were accused of lying. The general manager has not responded.

— Stacy Forte, Trophy Club

Cheers: To the people who picked up our tab at Beto’s Mexican Restaurant in Grand Prairie on Oct. 7. What a surprise and great blessing! Our deepest thank you. Be assured we will be more than thrilled to pass it on. God bless you.

— Bob and Dottie Hughes,


Jeers: To a Kennedale salvage yard for selling me a used part that didn’t work, with no refund, and with an exchange that also didn’t work, with no refund.

— Chase Weems, Burleson

Jeers: To a cowardly cab company that left a veteran waiting in the rain for eight hours because of apparent unwillingness of its drivers to service low-income ZIP codes. Cheers to a fellow veteran who safely returned me to my home. Transportation needs exist across all class lines.

— John Kelley, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Angela Thomas for her gift to the Fort Worth Police Department’s K-9 unit of her deceased father’s trained dog. This is a wonderful tribute to her father and a passionate act for the well-being of an animal that her father obviously cared about. A Fort Worth officer has a new partner and a wonderful, intelligent dog has a wonderful new family. Thank you, Angela.

— Cindy Boling, Fort Worth

Jeers: To a police officer who posted a Facebook image of a gun pointed at the viewer. A cop should know how to quell his or her emotions. Posting such an image is tasteless, moronic and terrible public relations.

— Peter Grothe, Roanoke

Jeers: To the U.S. Postal Service. I mailed a check to avoid two online transactions. The envelope arrived mutilated and the check was unusable. That’s no way to compete with the Internet.

— George Michael Sherry,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Texas Department of Transportation and the North Texas Tollway Authority for cutting Old Granbury Road and not putting in a bridge at the new Chisholm Trail crossing north of FM 1187.

— Warren Gillilan, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Fort Worth Police Department. After being involved in a Friday afternoon car accident, my car was towed to an impound lot of the department’s choice. I retrieved the vehicle less than 24 hours later and had to pay a tow/impound fee of $200. Freedom of choice? Some of us have AAA.

— Patricia Burkhart, Benbrook

Jeers: To the electricity delivery “provider” that took 19 hours to restore electricity to our block after a minor rain event. To make it worse, at hour 12, a service rep insisted that the problem had been fixed some five hours earlier, even though I was sitting in the dark!

— Deborah Dennard, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the Burleson Animal Shelter for placing a found beagle. A photo of the dog in the paper as pet of the month brought in a caring lady who adopted Lily.

— Fred Coyle, Burleson

Cheers: To the Meals on Wheels delivery crew — Fanny, Sharon, Elaine, Bert, Siomara, Linda, Jenner and Mr. Jim. All are great people! Thanks.

— Norma Erwin, Crowley

Jeers: To the guy at a pasta and pizza restaurant who rudely told me that he’s “not rich” after I requested a donation to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. I didn’t ask about his financial status. I just asked for a simple donation.

— Brent Knapp, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Allan Saxe, an educated gentleman. Who among you has not benefited from his philanthropy? As someone once said: “What I earned, I spent. What I saved, I lost. What I gave, I have.”

— Lynne Holt, Mansfield

Cheers: To dentist Max Neill and his staff — Micah, Sara, Pam and Kristina of Fort Worth — for the excellent and professional care given to me during my recent tooth surgery. I definitely recommend them to anyone having oral dental surgery.

— Marvelyn Walker,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To Brandy Ingram of Westchester Plaza for being such a fantastic activities director.

— Billie Moon,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To state Sen. Bob Deuell and state Rep. Four Price for their support and passage of House Bill 2038, the legislation that created concussion protections for Texas students. Cheers also to the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association and the National Football League for their efforts to pass the bill. The bill was ahead of its time and is a model for concussion legislation in other states.

— David Anderson, Austin

Cheers: To the Fort Worth Honor Flight team’s excellent work to make the World War II and Korean veterans’ trips exceptional, especially during the government shutdown. Your devotion to to the veterans and this program goes beyond the call of duty. Our Oct. 8 flight was impressive and touched our hearts beyond measure.

— Wendell Davis and Renae Stewart, Richland Hills

Cheers: To Stan Armstrong and Rusty Orr for the wonderful job they did on our kitchen remodel. Stan and Rusty are dedicated professionals, highly skilled, innovative and honest, and they take pride in their work. Also, they’re the nicest guys you could meet. We’re so pleased with our kitchen.

— Diana Chandler, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the man who anonymously donated nine boxes of Titleist, Srixon, Taylormade and Bridgestone golf balls to the Seguin High School Lady Cougar golf team. We appreciate your generosity and look forward to using these balls in our next tournament.

— Jessica Lavy, girls golf coach, and the Lady Cougar golf team, Juan Seguin High School,


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