Cheers: To the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center for the beautiful Nativity scene at the ICE! event. Such incredible sculpting! Thanks for bringing art to our community.
— Kay Keglovits, Arlington
Jeers: To the Dallas Cowboys for losing again on Sunday. The defense has more holes in it than the Obamacare website, and the offense needs a GPS to find the end zone. Of course, it’s hard to win a football game when Tony Romo is playing for the other team.
— Darrell Bartell, Fort Worth
Cheers: To whoever paid for dinner for my friend, Bobbie Hanna Bowling, and her family at Mexican Inn in Mansfield. They were there with their three grandchildren for a surprise homecoming by their daddy, who had been in Kuwait for a year. The look in those babies’ eyes was priceless! Thanks for picking up the tab, whoever you are.
— Pat Hughes, Haslet
Jeers: To Bedford Heights Elementary School for not enforcing its “no peanuts” policy in food. The school apparently decided to allow peanuts in food at class Christmas parties. Unfortunately, several students were not allowed to attend because of severe peanut allergies. What kind of Christmas spirit is this?
— Roberta Korhonen, Bedford
Cheers: To Sewell Lexus for providing wonderful roadside service. Rickey was prompt, efficient and courteous. You always make customer service a priority. Thank you!
— Carol Middleton, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the Goodfellow Fund for all it has done for a century. The fund could use a special boost just now. As a good friend says, “Don’t give until it hurts; give until it feels good.”
— Dale and Roger Summers,
Cheers: To Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine and its Santa’s Wonderland. I went with my daughter and grandson and had such a good experience. The “elves” were so nice and Santa was as real as can be. A free 4x6 photo is included and there’s no pressure to buy a package of photos. Thanks to Bass Pro Shop for doing this for families.
— Patti Marie Sanders,
Jeers: To St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church for canceling the Virgen de Guadalupe Masses, saying it was too icy, although other scheduled events continued.
— Matias Soto, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the kind man who stopped and changed my flat tire on Dec. 13 at the Kroger store at Western Center Boulevard and North Beach Street. Your kindness that morning was a true blessing. Cheers also to Gary and Tammi for coming to my rescue as well. You guys are so awesome and always willing to come to my aid.
— Christy Roden, Haltom City
Cheers: To the Walsh Foundation for its 53rd production of The Littlest Wiseman. What a wonderful gift to Fort Worth and surrounding communities. The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir is outstanding. And it’s wonderful to see people celebrating the reason for the season.
— Anita and Ray Cox, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. As a concert subscriber for the past 23 years, I can attest to the quality of this entertainment. The orchestra, led by conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, is one of the nation’s best. The icing on the cake is having an awesome venue, our beautiful Bass Performance Hall.
— Allene Deuson, Colleyville
Cheers: To the two bikers, on their way home after delivering Toys for Tots in Grand Prairie, who stopped on Matlock Road to help us change a tire. It was much appreciated. You guys are the best.
— Beryl Moore, Arlington
Cheers: To Operation Home Front, which provides holiday food for our military families. Our granddaughter, who married into military life at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, said it was much appreciated and needed.
— Cliff and Lydia Beadles,
Cheers: To Texas Wesleyan University for being true to the Wesleyan tradition of inclusiveness and tolerance, according to the Christian gospel. Jeers to the critics who don’t get that message.
— Marie Laine, Fort Worth
Jeers: To a Fort Worth sporting goods store for dismal customer service. When an associate is questioned about the availability of a product and will not bother to look up to deliver his abbreviated, useless reply, that is not customer service.
— Gary Cooper, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the road planners who have provided some three-lane roads in Fort Worth, such as Hulen Street and Bryant Irvin Road. Jeers to the creation of narrowed lanes on Forest Park Boulevard and Rosedale Street. Fort Worth residents deserve better road planning and implementation.
— Carolyn Bass, Fort Worth
Cheers: To Linda and Jimmy York of Fort Worth for an encouraging letter and donation to Fossil Hill Middle School’s theater arts program. As educators, it’s nice to be reminded that what we do is appreciated. Your kind words and applause for the arts and the students involved made all the hours and effort worth every minute.
— Lena Paulauskas, Fossil Hill Middle School, Fort Worth
Cheers: To my neighbor, Richard Meager, and his two boxer dogs for putting my newspaper on the porch throughout the year.
— Vickie Pinske, Hurst
Cheers: To all the nurses at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. They are all very kind and caring, especially Katie Beth on the second floor.
— Joy and Johnnie Wallace,
Cheers: To Grapevine animal ophthalmologist J. Jeff Studer for his understanding and care for my sweet cocker spaniel, Sassy, who lost her vision to glaucoma. He went above and beyond helping us during this trying period.
— Athena Campbell,
Jeers: To people who don’t turn off their headlights when entering a drive-in theater. Recently at the Coyote Drive-In, eight out of 10 cars drove around with their lights on looking for a parking spot. People, leave your parking lights on and turn your headlights off.
— Vickie Turpin,
Cheers: To the North Texas animal shelter staff people who risked their lives driving to shelters to make sure that the homeless animals in their care were fed and cared for during the recent ice storm. Jeers to the heartless people who left their pets out in the ice and cold.
— Jay Sabatucci, Arlington
Jeers: To ESPN and the NCAA for monopolizing 30 of the 34 football bowl games for their pay-to-view networks. Cheers to the Cotton Bowl and Fox for broadcasting this game to the very few of us left who refuse to pay big bucks per year for a non-broadcast provider.
— Tom Reilly, Keller
Cheers: To the North Richland Hills Public Works Department and the two young men who braved freezing temperatures to help me locate a broken sewer main in my front yard. Robert Burgess and Adam came out the day before Thanksgiving and targeted the break with no charge from the city. Great service for the residents of North Richland Hills.
— Adam Wood,
North Richland Hills
Cheers: To the thoughtful lady in a navy SUV who bought my lunch at Chick-fil-A on Bryant Irvin Road on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Your gesture made my errands in a crazy holiday crowd seem effortless, and the money that would have been used for my lunch went to the soldiers collecting for Toys for Tots. Happy holidays!
— Sarah Ross, Fort Worth
Cheers: To A Mariachi Christmas at the Rose Marine Theater. It was a great show and I enjoyed it greatly. Thanks to the organizers!
— Mike Scott Hernandez,
Cheers: To Ken, Ashley and Brittany of the Creation Cafe. They run the cafe to create revenue for the Cornerstone Assistance Network, a nonprofit that does much good in our community. They make all the customers feel so welcome and all the revenue goes to a good cause.
— Ryan Taylor Wilson,
Cheers: To Dr. David Ferney (and Shannon), Dr. Michael Bryan (and Cynthia) and the staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital H-E-B’s GI outpatient surgery area. Cheers also to Mary, Jay, Johnathon, Lisa and everyone else who has helped me over the past year. Your kindness and efforts are so appreciated!
— Corinne Stone, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the employees at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth for the wonderful care given to my 93-year-old aunt during her visit to the ER the weekend of the ice storm. Thankfully, she was able to return home with the prescriptions the staff provided and has made a full recovery. God bless you all for braving the storm and taking such good care of my aunt.
— Barbara Kuebler, Bedford
Cheers: To an unknown Good Samaritan dog walker. At 3 a.m. on Dec. 7, when the temperature was 24 degrees, he heard my 84-year-old husband calling from our garage. My husband, wearing underwear and barefooted, was disoriented and “lost” in the garage. The Good Samaritan called 911 and waited until help arrived. Thank God for MedStar and the Fort Worth Fire Department. They saved my husband’s life.
— Eloise Lievrouw, Fort Worth