Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to the late Barbara Bush, firefighters and free lunches

In 2010, Barbara Bush watches as former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush cheer the Rangers in Arlington.
In 2010, Barbara Bush watches as former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush cheer the Rangers in Arlington. The Dallas Morning News

Cheers: To the memory of First Lady Barbara Bush for her indelible legacy and mark of strength, dignity, humanity and advocating for adult and children literacy and promoting AIDS awareness. She was a national figure and "enforcer" and wife and mother to two presidents. God bless you and rest in peace.

—Delores Cantrell,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To the Arlington Fire Department! Their Crud Cruiser makes it so easy to dispose of paint, oil, fertilizer, etc. What a great service to the city!

—Celia Hirschenhofer,


Cheers: To the Weatherford Senior Center for adding Monday and Friday to their meal schedule. A hot, nourishing and very affordable meal — now available five days a week — is greatly appreciated by the seniors in Parker County. Also, thanks to the kitchen workers, who always have a smile on their face.

—Jim Hahn,


Cheers: To the lady for purchasing my lunch April 5 at Giovanni's in Crowley. Your gesture made my day. I will pay it forward.

—Richard J. Allie,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To Texas Health Wound Care Center Bedford. The doctors and nurses there are awesome in what they do and their knowledge of treating wounds. My wounds finally healed after a period of time and I’m grateful for their help and to my dermatologist, Dr. Miller, for his help too.

Beth Fariss,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To TCU retired Professors Emmet Smith and Manfred Reinecke, selected by the TCU Retirees Association as a "A TCU Treasure." The award salutes selected faculty and staff members for their distinguished career work that brought recognition both to themselves and to the University. Thank you for all you have done for TCU.

—Richard Sybesma,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To Roger Goodell, who is paid millions each year to be the NFL commissioner and thinks that AT&T Stadium is in Dallas. When will people and the media learn that the stadium is in Arlington? Not even in Dallas County! Dallas didn't want the stadium.

—Jim Packer, Colleyville

Cheers: To the friends and staff of the North Richland Hills library for another special event. An enthusiastic crowd welcomed C.J. Box, who introduced his newest western crime novel, "The Disappeared." He was most personable as he shared about life as an author. Thanks to all who made this possible and enjoyable.

—Barbara J. Jones,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To Jerry Jones. The only claim Dallas has to the Cowboys is the name. Arlington is the city where they play and Tarrant County is the area. For years, Irving was the home of the Cowboys. Frisco? where did that come from?

—Mackilee Martin,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To AT&T technician Adam Pelkey for fixing our U-verse TV picture quality. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and easily understood. Much better experience than dealing with the AT&T foreign "techs", "Susie" and "John" and their rote checklist responses. Maybe AT&T should bring those jobs back to the U.S.

—Joe Blackwell, Bedford

Cheers: To Tropical Greenery on Glenview Drive. Beautiful plants, great prices and customer service like days of old. They always tell you how much they appreciate your business and carry your plants to your car. They also open your car door. It's a pleasure shopping there.

—Jo Ann Schimmel,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To the staff and volunteers who made the April 22 75th anniversary of the chartering of Ridglea Presbyterian Church such a joyful occasion. The worship service, the luncheon following, the games for children, and the special program that traced our history through narration and music uplifted us all.

—Thylis Chambless,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To the Fort Worth Fire Department and its firefighters for the quick response to a recent fire. Also cheers to the American Red Cross, who also showed up with support for pets. We are very fortunate to have such great organizations and people in our city.

—J.T. Roberts,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To Kroger on Keller Parkway for once again opening its doors to hordes of fifth-graders. Approximately 500 10-11-year-olds walked from Bear Creek Intermediate in groups of about 80. I am so grateful to Kroger for allowing us the opportunity of sharing a real life math lesson with our students.

—Claudia Dickson,

Haltom City

Cheers: To the two lovely ladies, Julie and Cheryl, in the Tom Thumb bakery at Texas 121 and Hall Johnson Road. They always go the extra mile to make sure you have everything you want — when you want it. Their service is greatly appreciated.

—Donna Busbee,


Cheers: To our roofer, Randy Ellis of Prestige Roofing. Not only has he replaced the roof on 2 houses for us, but he has come when we have called with any roofing issues or questions, even if it did not apply to work he had performed. This man has integrity!

—Janet Crain,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To the sweet young mother and her beautiful little girl for paying for my birthday breakfast at The Lunch Box. I ate every bite of that yummy French toast!

—Jenny Anderson,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To James Kate roofing in Mansfield. Excellent service. Went above and beyond what was expected. Quick, helpful and thorough. Will call for any future needs without a doubt . So happy with results.

—Dave and Nancy

Ackerman, Mansfield

Cheers: To Cathy and Buddy Dean, who have delivered our Star-Telegram and Wall Street Journal for more than three decades! Because of their commitment, we did not miss an issue during the extremely icy weather of the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington! We will miss your dedication! Happy "well-earned" retirement!

—Martha Cannon,


Jeers: To the city of Fort Worth. We are overrun by animals. The loud music plays late at night, sometimes till 3-4 in the morning. People are hammering and building coops or cages for goats. Help keep Rolling Hills respectable.

—Cheryl Walker,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To the city of Weatherford for not redoing Bois D’Arc Street. You’ve had the streets that intersect with it redone!

—Debbie Hill McLean,

Fort Worth

Cheers: To flashing-arrow left-turn signals. They save time, natural resources and create a much better traffic flow. They are safe when used properly, are long overdue and greatly appreciated. Most people have common sense enough to take full advantage of their usefulness without incident.

—Chris Osburn,


Cheers: To law enforcement everywhere who protect and serve. Jeers to those who resort to violence using guns. And jeers to those who use illegal drugs that support drug lords who are responsible for the killing of thousands.

—Edward Lindsay,

Fort Worth