Cheers & Jeers

Cheers & Jeers: Nov. 16

Cheers: To Honor Flight Fort Worth for providing trips to the war memorials in Washington for World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. They provide a wonderful day for these veterans at no expense to them. Cheers also to the students and adults who write letters of appreciation to the veterans.

— Craft and Bonnie Largent, North Richland Hills

Cheers: To the Grapevine Rotary Club for the display of American flags on Main Street on Veterans Day. The flags were all up by 7 a.m. to honor our veterans.

— Ken Johnson, Grapevine

Cheers: To Navy veteran Eric Gary for serving our country. I hope the best for you. Your salute to veterans in the parade and your thanks to them for their service was awesome. Cheers also to all our men and women who serve and put their lives on the line so we can stay free. My husband also was a Navy vet.

— Audrey Blackmon, Mansfield

Jeers: To the city of Arlington for charging veterans to play golf on Veterans Day. Some veterans also pay a yearly fee, plus a fee every time they play golf. Shouldn’t active duty and retired military be exempt this one day of the year?

— Mary J. McCoy, Arlington

Cheers: To my neighbors on Edgehill Road for the flags on Veterans Day. And cheers to all the vets who have kept our country safe!

— Millie Williams, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the law enforcement gentleman who paid the bill for me and my family at Chuy’s restaurant in Arlington on Veterans Day. It made me grateful to those who remember the service of veterans. It will be paid forward.

— Bruce Andrews, Arlington

Cheers: To all who honored our veterans on Veterans Day, especially businesses that served complimentary meals, etc. That’s the U.S. spirit. May God bless.

— Gearldine Lewis, Fort Worth

Jeers: To state Sen. Wendy Davis for riding in the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade for political gain! What disrespect to our great veterans whom we were there to honor and applaud for their service to our country. Shame on you.

— Lisa Parasiliti, Burleson

Cheers: To the Silver Fox restaurant for the special treatment of veterans on Veterans Day. A free meal, wonderful service and the respect of the entire staff made one really feel special. When leaving, a “Thank you for your service” and a handshake from the manager topped off a great visit. The special “Table for the Fallen” was also a beautiful tribute. Thanks to everyone for a truly memorable evening for the many veterans there!

— Mary Mulkay, Fort Worth

Cheers: To a very dear friend who bought my meal on Veterans Day. I enjoyed it very much, as well as our friendship. Cheers also to Golden Corral for honoring veterans the same day.

— Dorothy Melton, Haltom City

Cheers: To Debby, Jordan, Greg and Barron at the Target at Ridgmar. They went the extra mile to ensure that two furniture items were assembled and even put into my car. What true customer service! I will continue to patronize your store. Bless you!

— Kathleen Rubenkoenig,


Jeers: To the government for not using drone strikes in the U.S. That would eliminate the expense of trials and incarcerations and collateral damage might reduce the welfare rolls.

— Jerry W. Bacon Sr., Fort Worth

Cheers: To the From Across the Pond English pub in North Richland Hills. The food was great and the service wonderful. I will definitely return.

— Rhonda Watson,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To the Fort Worth Botanic Garden staff who violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. They refused my access to handicapped parking, saying it was blocked off for staff access only. When I said this was illegal, one male worker screamed, “Move your car”! I won’t be back.

— Bayley Smith, Fort Worth

Jeers: To a discount superstore for allowing dogs in the store. As per the manager, they can't do anything about it. The store lost my business

— Marie Washington, Fort Worth

Cheers: To whoever turned in my purse intact at the Tom Thumb store on Camp Bowie Boulevard. I stupidly put it on my cart handle and it fell off without me noticing it. You saved me a lot of grief! I was so happy to get it back that I neglected to ask who had turned it in!

— Martha Ford, Benbrook

Jeers: To a security monitoring company that is still charging the estate of a friend’s mother who died of cancer. The service was canceled, but she was a year into a two-year contract. Death should trump that contract.

— Chris Layne Laws, Fort Worth

Jeers: To Proposition 6, a voter-approved plan to take $2 billion from the state’s rainy-day fund to create a water implementation fund. I pray that this will not hinder our recovery if we are hit by a catastrophe.

— George J. Anthony, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the city of Fort Worth. Seniors look forward each year to selling their crafts at an event that will no longer be afforded them because the Senior Citizens Fair of Fort Worth is closing due to increased city charges for the event. Step up, Fort Worth and stand by your seniors. Are we not worth it?

— Dotte McKinley, Burleson

Cheers: To the three wonderful people who helped me at the Davis Boulevard QuikTrip station. As I was fueling my car, the pump failed to shut off and gas spewed everywhere. Thanks to the lady chemist who got help and hugged me, the man who got wet towels for me and the wonderful clerk who was caring, calming and kind. You all have stars in your crown!

— Patsy Holmes, Keller

Cheers: To the young couple who stopped to help me pick up three large bags of garbage that someone threw on Silver Creek Road. A radio station had a great idea: Everyone pick up 10 pieces of trash every Tuesday. Sign me up!

— Nancy Lindley, Lakeside

Cheers: To Al Jazeera America for all the news, both local and international. The local newspaper is the only other place to provide this kind of coverage. The local TV channels give you nothing but emotional information over and over again. The weather report is the only thing worth watching.

— John Henderson, Haltom City

Cheers: To the generous shoppers at the mid-cities Kroger, Albertsons and Wal-Mart Marketplace who made it possible for our moms and boys to put together well over 100 plentiful Christmas dinner baskets for home-bound seniors.

— Elizabeth Mattson, Second Saturday, Mothers & Sons,


Cheers: To the Fort Worth police officers who patrolled the grounds of the Will Rogers Equestrian Center during the Appaloosa World Show. A lady from Argentina was very thankful to the officers who helped her get where she needed to go.

— Jean Smith, Mansfield

Cheers: To the parks and recreation grounds crew at the Harold Patterson Softball Complex in Arlington. The playing fields were always dragged and chalked correctly for our special safety rules to be followed. The seven Arlington senior softball teams and their opponents really appreciated your good work.

— Paul Raitz, Arlington

Cheers: To my neighbor Frankie Orozo for picking up my Star-Telegram every morning and putting it up on my porch for my easy access.

— Sylvia Baumler, Arlington

Cheers: To the stellar upholstery workmanship of Quality Fabrics in Hurst, also known for fabrics, draperies and blinds. Their creations are unsurpassed, and I’m a many times repeat customer. Cheers also to the store’s knowledgeable and gracious manager.

— Reba McMinn,

North Richland Hills

Cheers: To the Hurst Recreation Center, a wonderful facility! We appreciate the friendliness of the staff, the opportunity to take advantage of the track for walking, our awesome yoga teacher, Julie, and also Vicky, who does a great job decorating for every season/holiday. We love the Hurst Rec!

— Nancy and Paul Michalik, Hurst

Cheers: To Diane Eggers and her staff for doing such an outstanding job running the Euless Family Life Senior Center. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful people looking after the seniors in Euless.

— Mary Kruger, Euless

Cheers: To Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and the Transportation and Public Works Department for caring about safety and implementing the Forest Park Boulevard “road diet.” Jeers to drivers who are mad because they can no longer speed past someone who’s driving at the speed limit. Drive friendly, folks! This isn’t Dallas.

— Susan Pressley, Fort Worth

Cheers: To John H. Brown and William M. Brown for their Wednesday letters reminding the public of George W. Bush’s ill-advised occupation of Iraq. As they pointed out, the temporary problem we have with the Affordable Care Act pales in comparison.

— Tien Bucher,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To a Thursday letter writer who claimed that voting is not a right, but a privilege. A citizen’s right to vote is repeatedly cited in our Constitution! Nowhere in that document is voting referred to as a “privilege.”

—Robert Moore, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the couple who helped me after a fall at the State Fair. She used her knowledge as a physician assistant to determine my injury. He assisted my husband in getting me onto my feet. Thank you so much and God bless you.

— Lora Jones, Grapevine

Cheers: To the kind, thoughtful person who found my son’s public library book on a Fort Worth district school bus and returned it to the library for us. Thank you for taking the time out of your day and saving us late fees or the book purchase price. We’re grateful!

— Robin Fulton, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the city of Fort Worth. I asked if there is a safe way to cross Interstate 20 via Bryant Irvin Road. I thought it peculiar that there’s no pedestrian- or bicycle-friendly route to get across the highway. The reply: “Unfortunately, I do not have any information regarding your question below.”

— Jesús Manuel Mena Garza, Fort Worth