Cheers & Jeers

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the Dallas Cowboys for resting key players in their final game. If it doesn’t work, and it might not, the image of Ezekiel Elliott sitting on the bench in a sweatshirt will be the picture of the year.

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Snowball Express, its sponsors and volunteers for brightening the lives of children and surviving spouses of fallen service members through its annual gathering. A remarkable series of events over four days to remember and honor those who gave their lives.

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Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To Pastor Terry Holcomb, who wants to carry his gun into the Fort Worth Zoo. I don’t understand why, unless he plans to kill any escaping animals or maybe to deter those pesky line-cutters. But my biggest question is how Pastor Holcomb can preach “Thou shalt not kill” while packing heat.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Santa Claus. He lives forever. The thousands of pictures he makes every Christmas with children and grandchildren are seen by children and grandchildren of those children and grandchildren from here to eternity.

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Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To CBS’s awful coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The CBS broadcast was dominated by talking heads, prerecorded musical numbers and 15-second commentaries on some balloons. We tuned in to watch a parade. There was nothing to enjoy this year.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the TCU Women’s Soccer program, and head coach Eric Bell, whose team made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and finished runner-up in the Big 12 Tournament. Named to the All-Big 12 team were first-team Emma Heckendorn, second-team Michelle Prokof, and all-freshman team Cachet Lue. Thank you for all you do for TCU.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To all involved with the 6th Annual Taps ’n’ Tunes’ “A Salute To Our Veterans” at the Hurst Conference Center. It was a wonderful tribute to our veterans who served to allow us to enjoy our freedom. Thank you for your service.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians for one of the most exciting World Series ever. Congratulations to the Cubs for winning the World Series for the team, the long-suffering Cub fans everywhere and the memories of Ernie, Billy and Ron. Thanks Cubbies.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To whoever mailed the driver’s license and credit card I accidentally left at the State Fair. There wasn’t a return address, so I can’t thank them personally. In this political time of so much hatred and disdain, it’s a bright shining light. I am forever grateful.

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Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the Texas Rangers for their terrible performance against the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Division Series. I have never been so embarrassed to be a Rangers fan. Vote no on the stadium and let Dallas have them.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. At a time when some of our community institutions are suffering existential challenges, it is good to see one that, through good management and with an engaged and productive board, is achieving and thriving here. My thanks to the museum board, management and employees.

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Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To my diocese, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, for closing the San Mateo church to save money while committing resources to bring in refugees who may put our community at risk. Really? The longtime San Mateo parishioners deserve better.

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To Lone Star Park. The owners, trainers, jockeys and horses deserve better management and press coverage than what they are receiving. The printed entries and results are so small you need a magnifying glass to read them. The crowds continue to dwindle, and I submit that your poor management is the cause.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Olympic swimmers Dana Vollmer and Kati Meili; Ron Forrest, Fort Worth Area Swim Team head coach; and Bill Christensen, North Texas Nadadores head coach. Having local U.S. swimming club team members from your program represent the U.S. in the Olympics and win bronze medals is an amazing accomplishment. Congrats to coaches Forrest and Christensen on their programs for developing so many swimmers in the Fort Worth area.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To beautiful Hulen Mall and all the other air-conditioned malls throughout the land where people of all creeds, religions and political persuasions come to walk, play, shop, laugh and eat on hot summer days. The malls are truly America’s great mall-ting pot.

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams for speaking to our group about the advantages of a new baseball stadium. Jeers that he “ran out of time” before explaining how the stadium would be paid for. Your constituents will respect you more if you are more forthcoming about costs.

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To Slide the City. Two strike-outs in my book. Our grandson didn’t get to slide last year due to the malfunction. I use a cane. Registration was at the top of the slide instead of at the foot, which meant I had to walk more than 1,000 feet in the heat to register him. No compressor to blow up tubes, not much water in the slide. Poorly planned.

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Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the courage of TCU baseball’s mascot, Micah Ahern, 7, who recently lost his battle with cancer. Micah had been the TCU team’s teammate, superhero and friend since 2013. The team dedicated its College World Series play to Micah. He will always be on deck as the DH, designated hero.

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers: To the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for firing its rodeo orchestra! Fort Worth has always been proud of its history and tradition. Well, live music at the rodeo is part of that so don’t let it go! Bring back the band.

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