Cheers & Jeers

January 3, 2014

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers: To the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue for its outstanding performance at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. They played whenever they had the chance and brought a lot of excitement with them. Thank you.

Cheers: To the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue for its outstanding performance at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. They played whenever they had the chance and brought a lot of excitement with them. Thank you.

— John Garrington, Fort Worth

Cheers: To private enterprise. Just before Christmas, FedEx transported one package from Shenzhen, China, to my Bedford home in 39 hours’ transit time. In less time, UPS transported a box from New Jersey. Years ago, the U.S. Postal Service said it would lose money delivering packages.

— Skip Shipe, Bedford

Cheers: To the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx and UPS for going the extra 10 miles to make their deliveries under the worst of weather conditions before Christmas. Jeers to those who failed to thank those who worked extra days to deliver in horrible and dangerous driving conditions. Remember the thousands without power and heat.

— Jane Westfall, Mansfield

Cheers: To the person who found my purse in a shopping cart in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart on Loop 820 in North Richland Hills and turned it in with everything intact. There are still good and honest people in Texas. God bless you.

— Lenora Forman, Haltom City

Cheers: To Charlotte McCarter for the big party she gave at the Mira Vista Country Club clubhouse to celebrate the 80th birthday of her husband, Richard. Cheers also for the lovely rendition of You Are My Sunshine that she sang.

— Thaira Johnson, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Hurst for recognizing its senior citizens at the annual John Butler Memorial Senior Citizen Banquet. There were many door prizes from donors. Thanks to the mayor, city council, parks and recreation board and rec center employees for this enjoyable event.

— Jacob and Janyth Price, Hurst

Cheers: To the Sunday editorial (“Perry, TDI should remove roadblocks”) pointing out the unforgivable, uncaring arrogance and selfishness of Gov. Rick Perry and his henchmen who put “gotcha” politics ahead of the health of Texans.

— Paul W. Hartman, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Tony Pack and the Five Star Ford family for continuously giving to our community. Most specifically, cheers for the opportunity to raise funds through a Five Star Ford donation. Pack and the Five Star Ford family made this donation so graciously that I can only imagine the customer service one would be provided in buying a new Ford.

— Whitney Harding, board president, Birdville Education Foundation, Haltom City

Cheers: To the elves who seem to appear every year to decorate Fort Worth — the Stockyards, the downtown Christmas tree and surrounding areas. As if by magic, the area glows. And then, after the turn of the new year, it all seems to disappear. It’s one of the season’s gifts.

— Steven and Rose Janecka,


Cheers: To the Super 1 Foods store in Forest Hill for having an excellent delicatessen staffed by very personable and friendly employees. The food is great and wholesome with a home-cooked flair. Keep up the good work.

— Tommie Carter Jr., Fort Worth

Cheers: To the young lady who paid for our pizza at Tony’s Pizza and Pasta on Dec. 20 in Bedford. What a nice surprise. Thank you.

— Jim and Carol Morton, Bedford

Cheers: To the young lady who was having breakfast at the table next to us at our favorite Fort Worth restaurant. My husband, a World War II veteran, was wearing his cap with a WWII logo. The young lady thanked him for his service, wished us a good day and was gone. When we left, we found that she had paid our bill. Thank you, nice lady.

— E.J. McConal, Stephenville

Cheers: To Jose Natera for such a great surprise on Dec. 12, Velda’s birthday. We were eating at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Bedford, and our waiter said our check had been paid. What a shock and blessing! A person we had never seen before paid it. May God bless you.

— Floyd and Velda Frost, Hurst

Jeers: To all of you who eat at the same places that I do but fail to pay my tab. I read about good Samaritans paying for strangers’ meals all the time. Why won’t you guys pick up mine?

— Mark Bauer, Colleyville

Cheers: To all the people who delivered the newspapers and mail during the recent ice storm.

— Julia Bridges, Hurst

Jeers: To people who wear their big cowboy hats at the table in restaurants. Learn the rules of etiquette. No hook for the hat, put it under your chair (not on the table).

— Dwight A. Heard, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the students at the University of Texas at Arlington who developed a cellphone app to prevent people from texting while driving. The students won a $10,000 first-place award for their efforts. However, this life-saving achievement should be acknowledged by government officials.

— Randy Nieswiadomy,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Does she not realize that all federal and state grants do indeed come from local taxpayers? If the people of North Texas want bicycle trails, then we should pay for them.

— Chris Norris, Justin

Cheers: To the U.S. Postal Service customers who pulled gift tags off of the angel trees in our lobbies in Arlington. Your response was overwhelming and generous. The postal service could not have done this without you. Thank you from the Arlington postal employees.

— Lisa Ford, Arlington

Cheers: To Wanda and all the kind folks at Castle Hills Baptist Church in Azle for their kindness and generosity each month. Cheers also to the Bikers Against Child Abuse for the 90-plus bicycles that really upgraded the holiday blessings!

— Maureen Appell, Boyd

Cheers: To the off-duty police officer Otis, who recognized that my wife, who is recovering from major surgery, was having a problem when he saw that she was disoriented on Overton Ridge on Dec. 21. He contacted us and remained until I arrived.

— Bill Serrault, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Crystal M., the best waitress in town and at the Ol’ South Pancake House. For years she has taken care of us with a smile and great service. You’re the best. Keep up the good work.

— Tuesday L. Peacock,

River Oaks

Jeers: To the Railroad Commission of Texas, which, in spite of dozens of earthquakes, couldn’t find any correlation to nearby wastewater injection wells without more data. As long as the gas industry controls the Railroad Commission, an earthquake could implode AT&T Stadium during halftime and its verdict would be identical: not enough fracking data.

— Sharon Austry,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To the teachers and parents of Spicer Elementary School in Haltom City for their Christmas and holiday spirit, and for their generosity.

— Herb Williams, your crossing guard, Haltom City

Cheers: To Mansfield Plumbing for checking out a possible problem in my laundry room, assuring me there was no problem and not charging me for the service call. Professional, friendly and hometown people. Thanks!

—Barbara Ulvestad,


Cheers: To a wonderful young man with AT&T who insisted on paying for my groceries after my billfold went missing while I was shopping. I don’t have his name, but I am paying $60 forward in his honor. Jeers to whomever caused me so much trouble.

— Neysa Morrell,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To Jason and Steve with Memorial Park Funeral Services in North Richland Hills for the professional and compassionate handling of our Uncle Ric Ruby’s celebration of life. Your non-pushy approach made our loss easier. Cheers also to the ER staff at North Hills Hospital for the compassion shown us as he “sailed away.”

— Lynda and Eddie Brown,


Cheers: To the Carter-Riverside High School choir, the choir director and accompanist for their performance at Charles E. Nash Elementary School. The concert was splendid.

— Peggy J. Discoe, counselor, Charles E. Nash Elementary School, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Mathew Oxley, who paid for four dinners at Ellerbe Fine Foods. Cheers also to Richard and Molly for the extras they provided. It was my 69th. Oxley appreciates farmers and my produce. Thanks to all and God bless.

— James B. Walker,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To the young good Samaritans who helped this senior citizen when she went flying on the ice in Euless. One helped me get to my feet and the other helped me look for my keys that jumped out of my hand when I fell. He retrieved the keys and escorted me to my car. These two guys really made my day. Thank you.

— Rosie Blackwell,


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