Cheers & Jeers
02/21/2014 8:04 PM
02/21/2014 8:05 PM
Jeers: To opinionated TV sportscaster Dale Hansen’s recent “unplugged” sports segment where he once again reminded us that he is of much greater moral and ethical fiber than all of his viewers. It did not surprise me when I heard that Dale was on the Ellen Degeneres show.
— Mike Morgan, Colleyville
Cheers: To the news Mineral Wells Baker Hotel is “back from the ashes” and will be rebuilt to its glory days of yesteryear. Not only will tourism benefit Mineral Wells but the economy will be boosted with jobs once the Baker Hotel hangs out its shingle: “Open for Business — once again.”
— Delores Cantrell, Fort Worth
Jeers: To the man talking loud in line the day before Valentine’s Day, trashing that day and Mother’s Day, saying there are too many holidays for women. Just because it is not for you does not mean it has to be the same for others. You should have kept that to yourself.
— Carol Lopez, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the great staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in the GYN ward on the second floor. You made a not-so-pleasant surgery on Jan. 14 into a comfortable experience. Even the food was good. Kudos to the great nursing staff.
— Judi Patz, Fort Worth
Jeers: To people who park in handicap parking whose vehicles have no handicap plates or placard at the Albertson’s shopping center at Western Center Boulevard and North Beach Street. Both my parents are handicapped but have to park far from the store because able-bodied people take their parking space.
— Tracy Seeley, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the two men who jumped out of their vehicles to push my car (out of gas) to a station a block away in heavy traffic on Glenview Drive. I was taking my little girl to school, so it was scary for both of us. They didn’t even wait for a thank you.
— Dee Dee Poteete, Fort Worth
Jeers: To the Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department for not responding about the dangers of sink holes in the Deer Valley Neighborhood.
— Pat Franklin, Fort Worth
Cheers: To Parkwood Healthcare in Bedford for the exceptional care given to my aunt. The administration and staff, especially the LVNs, CNAs and other caregivers, have my sincere appreciation for their many months of genuine kindness and compassion.
— Lynnelle Rea, Bedford
Cheers: To veterinarian Darryl McEndree and Pete at Aledo Vet Clinic for trying so hard to save our beloved pit bull, Macey. She will be missed by us, and I know all of you at the clinic. God bless all of you.
— Kay and Gary Lee, Willow Park
Cheers: To Gil LeBreton for his take on Olympics coverage But JEERS to NBC and Channel 5 News for its broadcasts of the games. Channel 5 News does not need to regurgitate what has just been reported by NBC, and NBC should have shown all of the competition.
— Nelda H. Martin, Fort Worth
Cheers: To Megabus, which comes to Dallas but needs to begin picking up and dropping off passengers in Fort Worth. It is the best way to go to and from Houston.
— Joyce Copeland, Fort Worth
Cheers: To my friend, Brad Bolen, for his January 2014 Steinway Artist Award. Brad is a wonderful musician and teaches piano skills to students across the globe. Your friends and family say, “BRAVO!”
— Jeff Dalton, Arlington
Jeers: To NBC reporter Christin Cooper who asked Bode Miller repeatedly the same question about the death of his brother, and about how it felt to be at the Olympics without him until Miller broke down in tears. It was cruel bullying and a horrifying assault to anyone who watched.
— G.D. Pursley, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the TCU Frog Corps Ensemble, an all-male a capella chorale group for the singing of the National Anthem at the rodeo performances throughout the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. TCU Frog Corps is made up of 45 awesome students representing TCU with dignity and class.
— Richard Sybesma, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the Cotton Patch Café (Arlington Highlands) for donating chicken and dumplings to feed 30, for the Patients’ Day Out event Feb. 11 at VFW Post 8561. Their generosity is greatly appreciated! We also thank all the volunteers who came out to help host the event.
— Rita Simpson, Grand Prairie
Cheers: To Korean veteran Richard Vaughn for inviting Paul Swartz and Joe Schnieder with DFW Honor Flight to the monthly meeting of Fort Worth/Arlington Korean War Veterans Chapter. They are now accepting applications from Korean Veterans for a free two-day trip to Washington, D.C.
— Larry Kinard,
National President KWVA,
Cheers: To Armando Lopez who got us on the road after our car overheated in Haltom City, then followed us to be sure we got home. Cheers to James Glover of JG Towing who answered a call for help and came with a tow truck we did not hire. Neither helper accepted payment.
— Norman Spray, Bedford
Cheers: To Taco Bueno on South Cooper Street in Arlington. I needed to use the Wi-fi on Friday the 14th. The entire staff was so helpful and friendly. The manager, Stephen Jackson, came and helped me connect.
— Billy Slimp, Arlington
Cheers: And hugs and thankful hearts to the students at Lake Country Christian Middle School for the Valentine “Goody Bags” delivered to our doors. You made Valentine’s Day feel warm and taste sweet for the senior residents at Lindbergh Parc.
— Nancy E. Gedge-Carlson,
Jeers: To Florida’s “stand your ground law” that allows any racist gun nut to shoot and kill anyone they perceive to be a threat — you know, like an unarmed black boy walking through a white neighborhood or a car full of black teenagers who are playing their rap music too loud.
— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth
Jeers: To the flooring company in Saginaw for providing an estimate of $6,641.78. About half way through the job, a representative from the company says, “Oh by the way, we forgot to estimate the hardy board backing for the tile,” which was another $1,181.
— Robert Burgess, Arlington
Cheers: To Mami, cashier at Wal-Mart on Green Oaks and Park Springs boulevards. I lost a small but expensive item, got home, realized it was missing, went straight back and she had it at her register. Heartfelt thanks to her. Wal-Mart, you’ve got a keeper.
— Rob Wright, Arlington
Cheers: To Laurie Dean, Father Nguyen and staff of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church for making the St. Valentine’s Day dinner and dance just wonderful and so much fun. The food, music and atmosphere were the best. We know a lot of planning and work went into making the evening so very nice.
— Jim and Nancy Sasso, Hurst
Cheers: To veterinarian Ted Hemenway and the entire staff of VCA Saginaw Animal Hospital. Your kindness when we had to say good-bye to our beloved little dog, Scamp, will always be remembered. You take such good care of all our pets and we’re grateful.
—Eddie and Valerie Wilkerson, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the news that Paul Ballard is coming to lead the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. I just moved here from Nashville in January and knew Paul in my role as CEO of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. He will do an excellent job, and the choice to bring him here certainly deserves some cheers!
— Don Klein, Fort Worth
Cheers: To The T for hiring a leader with experience in commuter rail and to Mayor Betsy Price for naming a transportation chief. TEX Rail through Grapevine is years behind and the completion date of 2017 seems to be slipping.
— Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine
Jeers: To expensive, deadly heartworm treatments. My cow vet learned a cheap and safe new way of treating them. Just give heartworm medicine faithfully for a year and a half. He claims he hasn’t killed a dog since. Cheers to veterinarian Noel Bryan.
— Jean Adams, Arlington
Cheers: To the AMR medical crew, Dustin and Bree, for assisting me when I twisted my knee at home on Jan. 31. They were professional and pleasant in the transport to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Also to friend, Louise, and neighbor, Ann, during my recovery.
— Colleen Saye, Arlington
Jeers: To all the politicians whose taped messages have interrupted my dinner the past three weeks. I don’t study your message, I study your record and decide early in the campaign. Get a job!
— Jerry Robbins,
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