Opinion

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers: To the restaurants that provided free meals to veterans on Veterans Day. My son, a Marine veteran of the Iraq War, enjoyed a meal at IHOP, and my father-in-law, an Army vet, enjoyed a meal at Texas Roadhouse. Seeing all the vets of all ages and the license plates and decals was great. Cheers to the employees involved.

Suzanne Ray, Mansfield

 

Cheers: To Laverne at the Whataburger in Willow Park, who bought breakfast for this veteran and his wife on Veterans Day. Her expression of appreciation for the military was something all of those on active duty and all veterans should hear. We are so grateful for true patriots like Laverne. God bless all of our military personnel, our veterans and all of our Lavernes.

Gary Montgomery,

Willow Park

 

Cheers: To the kind benefactor and the River Oaks Cafe for providing free meals to area veterans on Veterans Day. The meal was delicious.

Bill Melton, Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To a very charming lady sitting near us at On The Border in Arlington on Veterans Day. I had gone to the restaurant with Barbara Kight for a free meal for veterans. When I asked for the check for her lunch, we learned it was paid by the lady. A great day.

Arthur Payne, Arlington

 

Cheers: To everyone who worked to make Grapevine’s veterans parade Nov. 7 such a success. Returning from Vietnam in 1970 we were met with silence and scorn. It’s wonderful now to be thanked for our service.

Bruce W. Rider, Grapevine

 

Cheers: To a Burleson resident in the 1100 block of Northwest Renfro Street for the yard sign/banner reading “Thanks to all who serve us.”

Doris Richardson, Burleson

 

Jeers: To the driver who on Sept. 18 drove around stopped traffic and through the closed crossing gates at Kroger Drive. Have you been on a train that struck a car? I have, five times: two killed, three injured. Not pretty. A 15,000-ton train versus a two-ton auto. Who wins? Nobody.

C.H. Buck, retired railroader, Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To the Bass Hall patron who purchased tickets to the Lyle Lovett/John Hiatt concert and then donated a handful back for Performing Arts Fort Worth to distribute to volunteers/employees. I was one of the happy winners of the ticket drawing. The seats were great and the concert was excellent! Thank you.

Gary Payne, Fort Worth

 

Jeers: To those responsible for moving the annual downtown Parade of Lights from the traditional Friday after Thanksgiving to the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Holiday “creep” is bad enough in the commercial world. Now the parade and the Sundance Square Christmas tree lighting ceremony, complete with Santa, will occur Nov. 22, before Thanksgiving.

John Chelf, Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To Fort Worth businessman Sid Bass, who partnered with Blue Bell Creameries to assist in restoring production of their great product for all of us to again enjoy. After the listeria outbreak, he had confidence that a quality product could be served again, and it is.

Buzz Simmonds,

Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To Gabriel Pena and Cadillac of Arlington for outstanding customer service! Gabriel made buying a new car effortless, and went above and beyond after the sale. He took as much time as was needed to program the car and to provide information. He answered all of this teacher’s questions!

Linda Currier, Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To the person who paid for my meal at Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant on Oct. 21.

Benny Cervantez, Benbrook

 

Cheers: To Chad Peacock and his helper, Sheila, who changed my flat tire at the entrance to Country Day School on Oct. 21. Country Day is blessed to have such caring employees.

Jean Revercomb,

Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To all who supported the Good Girls Transitional Agency’s Sept. 17 fundraiser. Special cheers to the Goff Family Foundation, James Collins Foundation, Lake Como Church of Christ, attorney Scott’s office, Pete Schenkel, Dr. Paul Matthews and William Mitchell.

Brenda Whitlock, Crowley

 

Cheers: To a man named Guadalupe who helped me change my tire on the side of Interstate 20 on Halloween. I had a face covered in makeup and must have looked very strange. I couldn’t break the lug nuts loose and needed help. I will pass along your kindness.

Missy Holtman, Fort Worth

 

Jeers: To the Arlington school district administration for taking down a big, beautiful tree in front of the football practice field at Arlington High School, all in the name of so-called progress. That tree was huge! The trunk had to be more than 10 feet around! Decades of growth gone!

Debbie Thibodeaux,

Arlington

 

Cheers: To veterinarian Michael Rainey and the techs at Alvarado Vet Clinic for saving my little girl Chloe. She was very sick when I took her in. Dr. Rainey knew at once that she had diabetes and he started her on insulin and has given her a chance to live and me a chance to love her for many more years. Way to go, Dr. Rainey, and all the staff at Alvarado Vet.

Linda Cole, Cleburne

 

Jeers: To a Fort Worth firm that had long supplied patients throughout the Metroplex with supplemental oxygen. They’ve closed due to bankruptcy with no notice to their clientele. Cheers to the staff of Texas Pulmonary for their help and advice in this emergency.

Peggy Meade-Cohen,

Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To the wonderful chancellor of Texas Christian University, Victor Boschini. He holds his students to a higher standard than they act at times. Thank you, Chancellor, for guiding your students to be considerate members of the community. You are a terrific role model for TCU students.

Amy Williams, Fort Worth

 

Cheers: To the NRH Centre rec staff for staging a wonderful pickleball tournament on Oct. 27 and 29. Special cheers to Brian Chapin and Adrien Pekurney, who made it all happen. Look forward to the next one!

Curtis McJunkin,

North Richland Hills

 

Cheers: To John Doherty of Dragon Storage, who purchased lunch for six students of our Grapevine-Colleyville Transition class at Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill.

Dave Robinson, Grapevine

 

Cheers: To the Humane Society North Texas at 1840 E. Lancaster Ave. for a pilot program to spay/neuter/vaccinate/return (TNVR) Fort Worth cats. Free for unowned cats and kittens at least 12 weeks old. Congrats for promoting the humane, proven-effective way to decrease community cat populations while protecting public health by vaccinating the cats for rabies.

Sandra M. Bitz, Hurst

 

Cheers: To Lori Simmons, Dace Sultanov and Jim Miller for their wonderful music early Sunday mornings as First United Methodist Church provides a breakfast for our homeless friends. I’m told the food tastes better with music, and the difference in mood is observable.

Bill Lanford, Haltom City

 

Jeers: To the coverage of the return of Blue Bell ice cream. Everybody’s happy to have the ice cream back, but there was only feeble mention of the product recall due to a listeria outbreak. No mention of the fact that people actually died.

Craig Graham, Benbrook

 

Jeers: To live TV broadcasts that start by announcing what studio they are broadcasting from. 1B or 2C or 3D means nothing to me and never will.

Timothy Marron,

Grapevine

 

Cheers: To the very nice man who bought our son’s new dog a toy at PetSmart in Hurst. Our son just got the dog from the shelter that day. Our son saved the dog and the dog saved our son. Bless you for your kindness.

Kathy Lindsay, Saginaw

 

Cheers: To the worker at Eagle Mailing in Mansfield for finding and returning my phone. Thanks for your cheer and effort.

Frances Huntington,

Mansfield

 

Cheers: To the person who found and turned in my tablet, which I left in my shopping basket on Nov. 1 at the Kroger store at North Cooper Street and West Lamar Boulevard in Arlington. I picked it up with my driver’s license and Visa card intact. Blessings to the kind person who saved me heartache and pain.

Andrea Timms, Fort Worth

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