Cheers & Jeers

Cheers & Jeers

Jeers: To the Railroad Commissioner who wouldn’t answer a single question as to the cause of the 30 recent earthquakes in Azle. They obviously couldn’t admit that wastewater injection wells were to blame with all those gas and oil executives furiously pointing to the conspicuous bulge in their jackets: their checkbooks.

— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Texas Railroad Commission for acting so dumb when it comes to the earthquakes in North Texas. Colorado has already determined they’re due to the pumping of water into the wastewater wells. Water is much heavier than gas, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure to that out.

— Ed Lindsay, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the electricity providers for encouraging us to use less electricity with threats of a rolling blackout and then charging more for the kilowatt hour used, plus a “usage charge” when we use less. What a ripoff.

—Elton Jackson, Fort Worth

Cheers: To AT&T Pioneers for bringing joy and gifts for so many of our students at South Hills Elementary. Your smiles and giving hearts were noticed and appreciated by our entire staff and families that touched. It is heartwarming to see you giving back to our community throughout the year.

— Diana Gunther, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the driver of a white Kia Sorento on I-35W between Alvarado and Burleson the morning of Jan. 8. You refused to change lanes to allow me on the freeway, instead speeding up attempting to cut me off. You repeated this at the next entry ramp, despite room to move.

— Lori Rhoades, Alvarado

Cheers: To a wonderful man named Allen who came to my rescue on a bitter cold morning when I had a flat tire in a grocery store parking lot. He was recuperating after a kidney transplant, but got down on that cold concrete and changed my tire.

— Irene Cannon, Arlington

Jeers: To the Miami Dolphins for not interviewing Jerry Jones to fill their general manager vacancy.

— J.W. Robbins, Haltom City

Cheers: To the Knights of Columbus Council 7641 of Bedford. This past Thanksgiving they fed 49 needy families a complete Thanksgiving dinner with food donated by members — all extra collected was donated to a local church for its food pantry. Jeers to me for procrastinating on sending this deserving cheer.

— Nick Milano, Hurst

Jeers: To the Humane Society of North Texas for not adequately advertising the Danny Wright or Kraig Parker benefits. Perhaps more people would have attended if we’d known about them in advance. What a missed opportunity for HSNT.

— Deanna Maxwell, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Hickory Stick BBQ in Everman for providing 50 barbecue sandwiches to hungry and tired firefighters who were fighting a big apartment fire. They had the sandwiches ready in 10 minutes. You’re the best!

— Linda Sanders, Everman

Jeers: To the new American Airlines management team for devaluing the contribution of their retired employees by drastically altering their promised travel benefits. All AAers were looking for an improved company but instead, as in the past, are the recipents of broken promises.

— Shelia Ryan, Trophy Club

Cheers: To my guardian angel at the Eastchase Parkway Target on Dec. 23. After finding my wallet with cash, credit cards and gift cards, you turned it into the office. Thank you so much for your honesty and my early Christmas present. May God bless you and yours in 2014.

— Sean McClain, Arlington

Jeers: To the story about Whitney Johnson and her treatment under the Affordable Care Act. She does have coverage under the ACA — not at $1,000 per month mentioned in your paper, but at $350 a month.

— John Neubauer, Yakima, Wash.

Jeers: To a firefighter who assisted when my special needs adult son had several seizures and busted his head. He let us know our child should’ve been institutionalized, and questioned how/why he’d attended school. Clearly he doesn’t see the value our son has in our family.

— Ronda Smith, Hurst

Jeers: To a major automaker’s Christmas ad with Santa exploiting underage children by making them want cars that they would not be able to drive for years.

— Marty Cole, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the decision to remove the four-way stop at South and Ledgestone drives, which was a huge mistake. There was a good reason they were installed, and it won’t be long before the accidents and injuries that could have been avoided warrant putting them back.

— Mark Hill, Fort Worth

Jeers: To UPS’ excuses regarding the ice storm and their failure to deliver packages on time. But they gave no apologies for the conditions the packages they did deliver were in. I literally spent four hours on the phone with UPS with no relief.

— Sheree Norton-Ward, Santo

Cheers: To whoever returned my lost wallet on Jan. 4. I lost it at Bearcreek Park in Keller and was pleasantly surprised to find it in my mailbox when I got home. I wish I was here when they dropped it off to personally thank them. I hope you have a great 2014.

— Dave Buck, Keller

Cheers: To a special “Santa” who paid for our lunch at the Cotton Patch Cafe on South Hulen Street Dec. 19. My friend, Perry, who was born with cerebral palsy and loves the chicken and dumplings there, and I were very surprised and thankful to have our lunch paid.

— Glenn Hedgpeth, Benbrook

Cheers: To the young woman at the Mexican Inn in Bedford who said, “Enjoy your day, and thanks for coming in.” Jeers to all the places of business who do not thank their customers . They deserve fewer customers.

— Judy Stanford, Hurst

Cheers: To Enchiladas Olé! My boyfriend and I had dinner there, and when we left I forgot my purse. We hurried back to get it, and it was there. The owners and staff are lovely people. Had I left the purse anywhere else, who knows? We are forever grateful repeat customers.

— Stephanie Rush, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Carolyn Payne at Bankston Ford Mazda! She went out of her way to provide help to us when we experienced car trouble and pulled into the lot to get out of the way of traffic. She was knowledgeable, resourceful and gracious in helping us. They are lucky to have her!

— Tracy Macfarlane, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Diane C. Etzel’s Letter to the Editor (Thursday, Jan. 2). A lot of us will miss Barnes & Noble. I’m like you, the book store was about the only thing that got me to University Village. The people that worked there were pretty passionate about books.

— Anita Cox, Fort Worth

Cheers: To Edward Rieter and his staff for many years of outstanding dental care.

— Ray Cox, Fort Worth

Jeers: To the Dallas Safari Club auctioning a black rhino kill to help conservation. This makes no sense. If the club wants to help conservation in Africa, be proactive, make a donation, follow it up. I challenge them to do real conservation and not an animal kill.

— Frankie Manley Andrew,

Fort Worth

Jeers: To the U.S. Justice Department for taking the Little Sisters of the Poor to court and threatening them with thousands of dollars in fines for not signing a piece of paper that the department said did not mean anything. What kind of government and country are we becoming?

— Roger Sickler, Euless

Cheers: To the Grand Prairie family who came to the assistance of an elderly couple that fell in the parking lot at a Bedford restaurant. They were very attentive and insisted on driving us to our home. We are very thankful and appreciative for the concern displayed by this unknown family.

— Bill and Annie Ferrell,


Cheers: To ones who went above and beyond in decorating the altar and surrounding area at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. The lighted Christmas trees and crib around the altar were absolutely beautiful. Job well done.

— Christine Eaves, Haltom City

Jeers: To a discount department store for their refund policy. “No refund or exchange on seasonal items” is posted in customer service and can’t be seen by customers checking out in the garden area or other checkout registers that may or may not be open.

— Retter Williams, Fort Worth

Cheers: To the nurses treating cancer patients on the sixth floor of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. I had surgery during the ice storm in December. They did an awesome job making my five-day stay enjoyable, and provided quite a few laughs. Special thanks to Jennifer.

— Eric Johnson, Benbrook