Cheers & Jeers

November 29, 2013

Cheers & Jeers

Jeers: To the Fort Worth powers-that-be for letting another tradition bite the dust. We can’t wait until the Parade of Lights is over to light our Christmas tree? Fort Worth’s propriety is evaporating before our eyes. Next year will we celebrate Christmas before Halloween? This isn’t Cowtown; it’s TinselTown.

Jeers: To the Fort Worth powers-that-be for letting another tradition bite the dust. We can’t wait until the Parade of Lights is over to light our Christmas tree? Fort Worth’s propriety is evaporating before our eyes. Next year will we celebrate Christmas before Halloween? This isn’t Cowtown; it’s TinselTown.

— W.A. Grammer, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the lady in a black sedan in front of us at the drive-thru at McDonald’s on Rufe Snow Drive at North Tarrant Parkway on Tuesday. I had taken my two young grandsons, ages 6 and 4, there for Happy Meals, and as I pulled up to pay, the cashier told me the car in front had paid for the meals! I waved and she waved back. Thank you!

— Teresa Ransberger, Hurst

Cheers: To Haltom City employees who supported the United Way campaign to raise money for meals at the senior center. Thanks to our committee: Amy West, Christi Pruitt, Fran Burns, Maria Amaro, Sheri Carter, Tom Henry, Trey Kerr and chairwoman Susan White. Great job! We appreciate you!

— Bobbi Arthur, supervisor,

Haltom City Senior Center

Cheers: To the University of North Texas for lassoing one of the brightest stars in university administrative circles, Neal Smatresk, as the presumptive president of UNT. He is missed as a stellar driving force in the College of Science at UTA. Welcome home, Neal and Debbie.

— Dale Martin, Arlington

Cheers: To Bobby Francis, conductor of the TCU Wind Symphony for their concert the evening of Nov. 21 and for his selection of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Cheers also to the musicians for their dynamic performance.

— Jim Atkinson, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center. Once again, the breast center enthusiastically assisted us in caring for an uninsured patient with breast problems. We are so fortunate to have such a resource. Thank you!

— Dr. Allan Kelly and staff,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To the writer of the Nov. 20 editorial “Dewhurst shows concern for the state’s uninsured.” Instead of acknowledging that the lieutenant governor was trying to mitigate problems created by Obamacare, the editorial blamed the governor, Dewhurst and Texas leaders for not setting up a state marketplace website.

— Stephen Rigdon, Hurst

Cheers: To the sweet lady who went out of her way to to show me how to get to a restaurant I was desperately looking for. I’d like to thank her for her kindness. Sorry I’m a little late, but I will always remember you!

— Gerda Garcia, Lakeside

Jeers: To a plumbing company that obtained signatures for just under $200,000 for plumbing work to clear a slow-draining lavatory sink at the Fort Worth home of my octogenarian parents. I had to run off the plumbers, and after a full week of tunneling and excavation, the sink is still clogged.

— Carla Modesitt Coleman, Lucas

Cheers: To Dr. Jay Pond of Arlington Orthopedics for a superior job on my knee replacements and to the super rehab staff (especially Jo) for the wonderful caring therapy that has me walking like a high school kid.

— Tommy Bailey, Arlington

Cheers: To Lee’s Grilled Cheese on North Tarrant Parkway for great customer service. During a visit when there was an unusual wait time, customers were served orders of Lee’s delicious fries. What a treat! The food and service are top notch. Who doesn’t love grilled cheese and tomato soup?

— Lillian Cauthron,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To Lynn Middleton at Jerry’s GM in Weatherford. It truly was a pleasure buying a new vehicle and receiving your excellent sales assistance.

— Terry Landon, Azle

Cheers: To my wonderful neighbor Beverly Morgan, a beautiful lady with a never-ending smile who is always eager to help. We are blessed to have you next door!

— Jenny Anderson, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Ian Kinsler, traded by the Texas Rangers to the Detroit Tigers. I’ll miss Ian’s old- school approach to baseball and his high socks. And a tip of the hat for his contributions here. He gave his all.

— G.D. Pursley, Fort Worth

Jeers: To Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the community organizer in the White House for obstructing any common sense approach to running this country. They refuse to negotiate and have changed the executive branch to a dictatorship.

— Jim Stark, Mansfield

Cheers: To Brian, who on a cold, rainy night at risk to his safety and comfort, stopped at North Beach Street and Broadway Avenue to help push my stalled car out of the busy intersection. Then, with tools from his truck, he fixed my problem. Thank you, Brian, for coming to my rescue.

— Angela Lutt, Haltom City

Jeers: To the electric companies for charging extra for “minimum usage.” We’re being penalized for conserving energy. Look at your electric bills under “min usage fee.” If you go below their requirement, you’re charged. Depending on the company, these rates have doubled since last year.

— Richard Arini,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To the city of Fort Worth for putting trees in the third lane of Rosedale Street. Have they ever tried to get to work in the hospital district at any time? How many wrecks will there be with traffic going from three to two lanes and back to three?

— Karen Lomas, Arlington

Cheers: To David Murphy, a great example of a professional athlete who knows how to make a change in a never-burn-a-bridge way, unlike several others. He’s a great family man and we all wish him, his wife, Andrea, and their children much success in Cleveland. Except, of course, when they play our Rangers.

— Rick Weintraub, Arlington

Cheers: To the family who gave up a miniature pinscher/rat terrier dog for adoption at the Humane Society on East Lancaster Avenue sometime before Nov. 24, 2012. He now has a wonderful home and humans who love him very much. This family wouldn’t be right without him.

— Bernard Sink and Phyllis

Barrow, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Johnny, the butcher at the Kroger store in Crowley. will pay forward his kindness and generosity. He made this holiday season special. Kroger should be proud to have such a special employee.

— M. Cherie Hundley,


Cheers: To the man who on Nov. 1 assisted two ladies at a McDonald’s on Loop 820 as we were traveling from Houston to Keller. He was such a gentleman to lead us toward our destination. We appreciate your kindness and pray God’s blessings upon you and your family always.

— Irene Howard, Houston

Cheers: To Apple iTunes support! When my daughter spent almost $2,000 on app purchases, they not only credited my account, but helped me set up restrictions to keep it from happening again. Jeers to me for not keeping my passcode a secret and setting up restrictions sooner.

— Cindy Calaluca, Arlington

Jeers: To Fort Worth Animal Control. We’ve been calling since June about a greyhound loose in our neighborhood. This poor dog needs to be picked up and given to a greyhound rescue organization. We see her daily.

— Cynthia Lampkin, Fort Worth

Cheers: To my friends Wayne and Sherry for signing me up to be honored on Veterans Day. Cheers also to the Great Southwest Rotary Club for providing medals for my World War II service and the wonderful program and luncheon.

— Raymond Hammitt, Arlington

Cheers: To the Fort Worth Running Company Girls on the Run team for donating pet food and supplies to the Humane Society of North Texas. Cheers also for creating cards and posters in appreciation of the society on behalf of the animals.

— Judith Chico, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the new Roman Catholic Pope Francis, for his compassion and the lessons he is teaching all of us, Christian and non-Christian, about the words of Christ and their true meaning for a hurting world.

— David and Pat Perkins,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To a local auto dealership. When I went to have a broken combination key/remote replaced, I was told that I needed an extra $1,500 worth of work done immediately. I declined and took the car to a reputable mechanic who found it needed only a new battery. Shame on the dealership for trying to take advantage of a 78-year-old woman.

— Elfreda Joan Mann, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Lake Worth Police Department and Citizens Police Academy for a wonderful senior citizen’s Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday. Thanks to the sponsors, merchants and volunteers contributing to the event at the Lake Worth Senior Citizens Center. For nine years our city/volunteers have provided a tasty meal for our seniors.

— Cessa White, Lake Worth

Cheers: To Kevin of O’Grady Plumbing for working in the freezing rain recently to repair a ruptured water connection resulting from a city water repair project. The lines in this area are over 50 years old and the repair took effort and diligence to resolve. Thanks, Kevin.

— Mary C. Harper, Fort Worth

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