Cheers & Jeers

02/14/2014 6:04 PM

02/14/2014 6:05 PM

Cheers: To Russia and especially the people of Sochi. Also to President Putin, the dancers and entertainers, as well as the security forces, workers and volunteers for a safe, magnificent Olympics opening ceremony. A worldwide performance at its best.

— Jim Sanderson, Fort Worth

Cheers: And a big “Whoop” to Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin. Skyline High School defensive back Cedric Collins, offered a scholarship two years ago by Sumlin, had to give up football because of an injury. He still will keep that scholarship thanks to Sumlin. “Commitment,” Sumlin said, “is a two-way street.”

— Robert Conn, Arlington

Jeers: To the Cajun restaurant in Bedford which serves shrimp étouffée with zero shrimp. I had the dish served by the previous owner on several occasions which was delicious with an abundance of shrimp. I suspect this owner will have a short run.

— Ralph Tucker, Bedford

Cheers: To a nice lady that gave $20 to buy drinks for three teens doing their homework at the Starbucks on Cooper Street in Arlington. There are still nice people in the world.

— Jennifer Holly, Arlington

Jeers: To a well-known Fort Worth restaurant for having only one handicap parking spot for the entire restaurant. Before severe back problems disabled me, I was a frequent customer. Never again, I will take my business elsewhere. How inconsiderate and what an insult to its handicapped patrons.

— Edward Henry, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Ronald Carranza and his staff who make Gloria’s our favorite dining experience. Oscar and Juan are the best bartenders in town. Food and service is perfection, and always with a warm smile. Well done, Gloria’s.

— Shauna and Greg Glatz,

Colleyville

Jeers: To the city of Arlington for making my new church remove about half of their handicap signs, saying there were too many. How can you have too many handicap parking places for people who cannot walk, but want to worship? Cheers to our church for trying to accommodate more handicapped members.

— Louise Parker, Arlington

Jeers: To a Fort Worth nursing and rehabilitation center that cares more about getting paid than patients’ health. They assumed my family couldn’t pay and refused our father. We expected him to be transferred on his birthday only to find out the day before he was denied.

— Sharon Boyce, Crowley

Cheers: To CVS for its brave decision to stop selling tobacco products in their stores. They are doing the right thing to place the health of their customers above the financial gain of their business. Let’s see how many other businesses have the courage to follow their lead.

— Bobby Darr, Fort Worth

Jeers: To a major department store based in Texas that dropped medical insurance as a benefit for part-time employees. They canceled medical insurance as a benefit at the first of the year and left them in the hands of Obamacare. I will never ever shop there again.

— Del Gabaldon, Grapevine

Jeers: To Fort Worth Stock Show and rodeo for not paying overtime to the 300-plus workers that make it happen. They make millions and we work 70 hours a week. How do they shirk state and federal laws?

— Mark Peterson, Fort Worth

Jeers: To UT Arlington. Recent publications indicate UTA is the seventh fastest growing university in the nation. Current enrollment is in excess of 34,000 students. UTA is the second largest university in the University of Texas system, yet they still do not have a football team. Why?

— Joe Swift, Arlington

Cheers: To Alexander Kim, County Criminal Judge candidate, for removing his political sign that restricted view of vehicles traveling south on Granbury Road from the intersection at Walton Avenue. His quick response deserves recognition of his outstanding integrity, compassion and character by eliminating a safety hazard.

— Walter Hill, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Fort Worth Police Officers Meredith and McMahon for rescuing me when my car stalled in the rain on Altamesa Boulevard at 5 p.m. in the middle of traffic. They pushed my car with their hands out of traffic and harm’s way. Your kind deed prevented accidents. Thank you!

— Beverly J. Walker, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Fort Worth City Council for making East Lancaster Avenue the dumping ground for the homeless and destitute. Instead of spending tax dollars on frivolous projects, they should be building a centralized center to provide food, shelter and job training for those in need.

— Edward Lindsay, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Jack Durfey, owner, Chicken Express at Southwest Loop 820 and South Hulen Street in Fort Worth. I stop for fried catfish about once a month for a friend in an assisted living facility. Every time I go, Durfey and his staff make sure my friend receives the best fried catfish anywhere.

— Ann Kelley, Colleyville

Cheers: To valiant young men, Matt Wolfe, and another whose name I failed to get, who risked their lives pushing me off the Lake Worth Bridge (Texas 199) around 7 p.m. Feb. 7 after my car stalled. My heartfelt gratitude to you.

— Patti D. Mark, Boyd

Jeers: To the insurance company in Hurst for refusing to pay for original equipment manufacturer parts to repair my vehicle after a collision, the fault of its insured. Cheaper after-market parts are often inferior and not up to specs. I have not been made whole.

— William Wright, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, especially LaShea (PT) and Kristen (OT) and their “Green Team” for an intense and rewarding rehab following my recent surgery for a broken hip. Cheers also for the caring and attentive nurses and technicians that made our stay as comfortable as possible.

— George Scoggins, Benbrook

Cheers: To Oncor representatives who got my water system repaired, Harold, Dylan and sprinkler repairman Tim Clarke. A special thanks to Steve Moore for getting the extra that had to be done to make the job complete

— Vance Benthall, Forest Hill

Jeers: To the manager of an electronics store in Lake Worth. There was still ice on the parking lot and handicapped ramp Feb. 7. This made it difficult to get in your store to transact my business. Someone is responsible for not putting out something to make the parking lot and entrance safer. And that somebody is the manager.

— Anita Cox, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Douglas, Douglas Jr. and Chelo Graham. I was away from my house when I realized my wedding ring was missing and might have fallen into the trash awaiting pickup. They are great neighbors for finding the ring near where it had slipped off that cold morning.

— Robert J. Vann II, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Dr. Rama Rangineni who treated me during my stay at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest in January. His relaxed, professional manner put me at ease regarding my treatment and my recovery. He made me feel as if I was his principal concern.

— Dale Reisdorfer, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the United States Postal Service and all their long-suffering employees. I mailed three packages by regular post to three addresses on the east coast six days before Christmas, and they were delivered in three days. I was amazed. Jeers to me for waiting so long to write this.

— Elenor Zepeda

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To D.T., who paid for our breakfast at Denny’s Feb. 5. His generosity was greatly appreciated by Lyn, Mom and myself.

— Sidney Webb, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Steve Metcalf and his staff at Dealer Alternative. Steve is a consummate professional and small business owner. He is honorable in how he conducts business and it is a privilege to call him my mechanic. Our MDX is 200,000-plus miles and still going strong all thanks to you!

— Rosanna Green, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the person or persons who bought our breakfast last month at the IHOP on Precinct Line Road. It was, and is, appreciated.

— Jim and Bonnie Harter,

Haltom City

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