Cheers & Jeers

Cheers & Jeers

Cheers: To the Texas Department of Transportation’s Fort Worth District for the tireless efforts to keep the state highways and roadways drivable during last weekend’s ice storm. They worked many long, difficult and dangerous hours to make drivers’ journeys safe. Jeers to KXAS/Channel 5’s weekend news team for criticizing TxDOT’s efforts and sensationalizing the story.

— Jeff Hodges, Burleson

Jeers: To the city of Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department. I drove my roommate to work in downtown twice during the ice storm and, like everyone else, we battled the sheets of ice on major streets that never got sanded, salted or scraped. Cheers to TxDOT for keeping Interstate 35W north of Interstate 20 mostly clear and drivable.

— Juan O. Vasquez, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the people who helped me on the ice on Westview Drive. I wish I could have thanked you properly for your extraordinary kindness, but I didn’t dare stop once you managed to get my car moving in the right direction. Lots of good Samaritans out there!

— Jim Atteberry, Fort Worth

Cheers: To all the Good Samaritans out on the ice this past weekend. They pulled many stranded motorists out of ditches. I was one, stranded on U.S. 287, and am so grateful. God bless you all!

— Rob Stevenson, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Barry Forrest, manager of the Kroger store on Camp Bowie Boulevard West. During the ice storm, to ensure the safety of his employees, he picked them up and took them home! Mr. Forrest is always accessible to customers and goes above and beyond daily with his commitment to superior customer service!

— Roz Faulhaber, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the folks who provided services for me despite the horrible road conditions during the ice storm. I had my newspaper, my garbage was picked up as scheduled and I received my mail.

— Lydia Rambo, Hurst

Jeers: To those responsible for clearing bridges during the ice storm. The bridges were a safety hazard when drivers slowed to go over the rough surfaces. How about getting some road graders?

— Peter Grader, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the four good Samaritans who helped me when my car was stuck in the snow and ice on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. on Camp Bowie Boulevard West near Las Vegas Trail. Your help epitomizes the holiday season.

— Andy Dollahite, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the many fast-food restaurants and retail stores that stayed open during the Friday evening rush hour on the first day of last weekend’s ice storm. Those managers put profits before the safety of their employees. They should have closed and sent their employees home early. Cheers to the ones that did.

— Del Gabaldon, Grapevine

Cheers: To the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders for coming out on Dec. 5, a freezing, windy day, to show support and respect for my father, a World War II veteran. Some rode in the procession; others stood at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery awaiting his arrival. Cheers to the motorists who stopped to show respect.

— Bill Cooney, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the hit-and-run driver in a black truck who spun me into an embankment Tuesday morning at Whiskey Flats. Anyone with information, please contact the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. Cheers to everyone who helped: Chris, a total stranger; Benbrook EMS; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital ER; and friends and co-workers. I can’t thank you enough.

— Carla Chastain, Granbury

Cheers: To Dusty Babitzke, financial adviser with Edward Jones in Crowley! He delivered the “annual” homemade-by-his-wife cookies to our home on Monday. When he saw our icy sidewalk, driveway and front lawn, he made a special trip on Tuesday to shovel our sidewalk and driveway so we wouldn’t slip on the ice! Thank you, Dusty, for above-and-beyond thoughtfulness!

— Pat and Bob Worrell, Burleson

Cheers: To the three young men who helped my mom and me pull her car out of the ice and snow after she got stuck at the McDonald’s on Crowley Road in Crowley! Thanks so much. There are still good people in this world.

— Ashley Coontz, Crowley

Cheers: To Noel Torrado in Bedford for escorting me twice across the ice in the Big Lots parking lot last Saturday. He saw me struggling to get uphill to the store and gallantly offered his assistance. And when I came back out, he was there again. Please visit his new restaurant, Jibaritos’, set to open in late December or early January. I know I will be there.

— Kris Hudson, Bedford

Cheers: To all our heroes (mail carriers, firefighters, police, medical and utility workers) who braved the weather and risked their lives to perform their duties. Thank you and may God bless you all.

— Nadine Cottrell, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Clay Franklin, CEO of Plaza Medical Center, for driving countless hours last Friday, Saturday and Sunday as he transported staff to and from the hospital during the ice storm. He rescued our car from the ice and drove two critical-care nurses all the way to Grapevine. Thank you, Clay.

— Lynie and Kimberly Muzinga, Grapevine

Cheers: To John, a Southwest Airlines employee, who stopped at my home at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and shoveled my sidewalk from the street to the front door. With a big smile on his face, he said be safe and have a happy holiday.

— Alice Cranz, Fort Worth

Jeers: To state District Judge Jean Boyd. All involved, both parents as well as the enabled child, should do hard time and restitution. Society doesn’t need more peek-a-boo justice.

— Larry Mark Land, Roanoke

Jeers: To a woman who made a scene at the post office on Crowley Road on Monday, trying to blame the post office because she didn’t pay a bill on time. Take responsibility for your own actions.

— Mike Magriplis, Crowley

Cheers: To Hubert and his wife for picking up my tab for a great breakfast at Vickery Blvd. Cafe. I will definitely pay it forward.

— Naomi Burkhalter, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Bill Reedy for providing a good chuckle by describing his vintage cellphone in The daily STEW of Dec. 3. My wife has a similar policy on making phone changes.

— James R. Anderson,

North Richland Hills

Jeers: To the U.S. Postal Service, which can deliver a package in two days, but not mail because the carrier said he couldn’t find a place to park. Another great job done by our government!

— Becky Russell, Arlington

Cheers: To Leon Long and all the other Americans who were in Manila, the Philippines, on Dec. 8, 1941, when the Japanese launched their surprise attack. Long was the subject of a Dec. 7 news story, “Local man survived ‘second Pearl Harbor.’ ” We thank him and the other Americans for their sacrifices for our freedom.

— Gaila Davis, Weatherford

Jeers: To companies that have their employees on the phones and computers buying up all the tickets for George Strait’s final tour so that true fans can’t, and then selling them on a website for more than twice the face value! I wanted to see George Strait but, thanks to you, I’ll just be reading about it in the newspaper and online.

— Hollie Arnold, Kennedale

Jeers: To Baylor coach Art Briles for allowing a player to stay on the sidelines after receiving a targeting penalty in the Baylor-TCU game. The NCAA rule against targeted hits helps protect players from future neurological problems. Briles’ actions showed his true values, not support of this important rule.

— Sally McCracken, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Frances Lea and the staff at the Frances Lea Dance Center! The love and dedication that you show your students is to be commended. You’re teaching our kids not only to be great dancers, but also to be hard-working, respectable, responsible young people. Mrs. Cheryl will always hold a special place in my heart!

— Julie and Katie Hicks,


Cheers: To neighbor Randy Cheeks, an administrator for a group of rest homes in the area. We’ve seen him get up early and come home late every evening after driving 400-plus miles a day to personally transport medical staff to and from work during the ice storm. He’s a hero to all of the rest home residents (including our own “Granny”) and their families!

— Tamara Choate, Hurst

Jeers: To the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. In an effort to get good, not great, seats and after the encouragement of the ticket office manager, we sent in August a check for more than $300, which was promptly cashed. We just got the tickets and they’re the worst in years! What good did it do to send in early as suggested?

— Gary Staats, Colleyville

Jeers: To the local meteorologists who take over the airwaves 24/7 with every passing weather system. What can they add to what we see by looking out our window? Just scroll a weather banner of updates and allow some real programming to entertain those of us who were housebound by the storm!

— Chris W. Maier, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the Star-Telegram for allowing free access to the e-edition during the ice storm when my paper wasn’t delivered. Because I’ve read the paper every day for 50 years, I would have had serious withdrawal symptoms.

— Cynthia Davis, Aledo

Jeers: To Fort Worth city manager Tom Higgins, who advised city employees (not police or firefighters) by memo that they must take vacation time for the days the city was closed due to the ice storm. Employees who don’t have vacation time will be advanced leave to cover the absence. Not only do the city employees not get raises for several years, but now have their vacation time taken.

— B.H. Hooper, Arlington

Cheers: To our Star-Telegram carrier, June Mathis, who delivered our paper every day, on time, during the ice storm. Thanks, June, for being so dedicated to your subscribers.

Maggie Friedman, Fort Worth