Cheers: To the Sam Houston High School boys soccer team for making the state final four. They were the only boys soccer team in the area to advance to the semifinals. Sadly, they lost 2-1 to Katy Cinco Ranch.
— Maryhelen Bronson,
Jeers: To Tarrant County, the city of Fort Worth and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for the complete or partial closings of Bailey Boswell Road, Bonds Ranch Road and Blue Mound Road West. On the morning of April 9, traffic was at almost total and dangerous gridlock in the area.
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— Joe Caraway, Fort Worth
Cheers: To Winstead Body Shop. Someone hit my car while it was parked outside. You guys went above and beyond, and my car looked beautiful when you finished. I would highly recommend you. Thanks again.
— Rosemarie Morris, Fort Worth
Jeers: To the maintenance workers at the Botanic Garden who have let weeds and diseases overtake the healthy plants. Extra jeers to the worker who replied, “Yeah, that happens,” when we pointed out the sick hollyhocks just north of the rose garden.
— Lee Rogers, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the wonderful Texans who made my trip to the North Texas Irish Festival a success, the Trinity Rail Express and DART rail, and especially two gentlemen who lifted me up onto a curb. Cheers also those who offered their seats or opened doors for me. I am a senior citizen with a walker.
— Larry K. King, Fort Worth
Jeers: To a staff member in a Hurst ophthalmologist’s office. Recently, after waiting for more than an hour, I tried to reschedule my appointment because of another commitment. She refused my request, asked me to leave and said I couldn’t come back. Cheers to the doctor for many years of good service.
— Edith Vaughn, Hurst
Jeers: To the Fort Worth Water Department for leaving the exit ramp at Ramey Street open while performing repairs on April 14. Commuters exiting were diverted through a muddy, rutted lot not designed to accommodate small vehicles. If my oil pan is damaged, will the water department pay for repairs?
— Kelly Greene, Fort Worth
Jeers: To Parade magazine. Why would I care what everyone on Earth earns? What am I supposed to do with that information? Wish I made more? Be sorry for earning what I do? Salary is an intensely private issue. Let’s keep it so.
— Mike Grassi, Arlington
Cheers: To Rosie at the Kroger pharmacy on Texas 26 in North Richland Hills. She did way more than required to resolve a medication problem with my insurer, called me and kept me informed. Not many would have done that. Thanks so much.
— William S. Lawrence, North Richland Hills
Cheers: To the gentleman who stopped me from walking out of the North Richland Hills Wal-Mart without my change at the self-checkout. It’s good to see some people are still honest!
— Jim Mace,
North Richland Hills
Cheers: To the Slaton family of Benbrook for making the entrance (flower beds) to Benbrook United Methodist Church so fresh with God’s beautiful flowers. Cheers also for the stepping stones and prayer bench. They made Easter morning special in many ways.
— Frances Covington, Benbrook
Cheers: To the new vehicle inspection/registration system. We had our car inspected and drove to the subcourthouse. Within the hour we were back at the Hurst Senior Center having coffee. When the computer printed our receipt at the inspection station, all the info went to the courthouse! It was so easy!
— Nelda Rogers, Hurst
Cheers: To the Cowtown Cleanup on March 28. I volunteered in the morning to clean up a park! And then I modeled an outfit created from recycled goods at the Earth Party. The event was awesome! Cheers also to the talented fashion design students at Paschal High School and our incredible teacher, Rhonda Partovi!
— Kelsey Linnartz, Fort Worth
Cheers: To whoever is rebuilding the site next to the railroad at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and West Berry Street in Fort Worth. They appear to be going to some length to preserve the old Ewell Fuel Co. neon sign. Good for them. After all these years, it’s public art.
— Dan Smith, Fort Worth
Cheers: To Dr. Kassim Khan and his staff and Plaza Day Surgery of Fort Worth. Khan is a very compassionate physician and makes sure his patients understand the procedure (cataract surgery). Plaza Day Surgery staff could not be more helpful and caring. I recommend both.
— Brenda Spinks McPhail,
Jeers: To the city of Grapevine’s tourism office for a tone-deaf request, and the City Council’s approval on April 7, to spend $288,916 to build a storage closet for tables and chairs. That is about the average price of a single-family home in our town.
— Ross Bannister, Grapevine
Cheers: To Jim at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Hurst. His concern, discretion and professionalism averted an embarrassing situation. This establishment not only has first-rate food, but the staff and management are a “10” as well! Thank you, Jim. You are my dad’s favorite!
— Steve Huffstetler, Fort Worth
Cheers: To Jim King at Sansom Park Animal Shelter for his courteousness and kindness in accepting the lost dog we found recently. Shelters need old towels and blankets, pet food and cash donations. Please give or, better yet, save a life, adopt a pet.
— Judy Vick, Fort Worth
Cheers: To the Patriot Guard (and my brother Dan) for the extraordinary job during my father’s funeral. It was a well-deserved sendoff for a man who so dearly loved his country and his family. There will never be another great generation like my father’s.
— David Ziegelbauer,
Cheers: To traffic circles. Fewer potential collision points and greatly reduced maintenance costs are well worth the slight learning curve. In addition, traffic keeps moving, reducing engine wear and tear and fuel costs. Can I get them in my neighborhood?
— Brian Wooddell, Fort Worth
Cheers: To whoever found the credit card that I lost at Sam’s Club. The finder destroyed the card and contacted the credit card company. Two hours later, I received a call from the card company telling me that the card had been canceled and that I was getting a new one.
— Frank Engle, Arlington
Cheers: To all Walgreens pharmacists for their kindness and helpfulness. Special cheers to pharmacy manager Adolf Macia at the Walgreens on Davis Boulevard in Richland Hills. He’s one of a kind.
— Dorothy Russell, Fort Worth
Jeers: To the University Interscholastic League for moving the Texas high school state basketball tournament to San Antonio and to a venue that is a non-basketball gymnasium. Better locations are available.
— Wallace Robinzine, Forest Hill
Cheers: To the goodhearted soul who found the checkbook that I lost at Baylor Pavilion. Upon receiving it back, I found everything intact, even the money tucked inside. May your blessings be a thousandfold.
— June Thomas Slater,
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