Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

A decorated DeLorean, with its gull-wing doors open, in the Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth on Nov. 22.
A decorated DeLorean, with its gull-wing doors open, in the Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth on Nov. 22. Star-Telegram

Jeers: To the change of date for the Parade of Lights. It was always a post-Thanksgiving tradition. I participated in it when I was a child. Black Friday is not a holiday, and, if anything, the parade served as an antidote to it. Jeers to the retailers who complained to the city of Fort Worth for valuing money over tradition.

Matthew Hunter,

Fort Worth


Cheers: To businesses and schools that display traditional words and symbols of Christmas, like Merry Christmas and Santa Claus.

Kenneth W. Davis,

Fort Worth


Cheers: To a sweet family who paid for my birthday dinner on Oct. 28 at the Outback Steakhouse in Hurst. It was a total surprise and my husband joins me in thanking you for your generosity. Your thoughtfulness toward a senior couple is deeply appreciated.

John and Monique Garrett,



Cheers: To Richard Young at Harris Parkway Animal Hospital in Fort Worth for being a wonderful, caring and intelligent veterinarian. He has cared for our furry little friends for more than 20 years and has gone beyond the call many times for us. We can’t thank him enough!

N.J. Horstman, Arlington


Cheers: To the kind-hearted lady who purchased my order at the McDonald’s drive-through in Arlington on Nov. 7. Your kindness warmed my heart! I’ll pass it forward!

Vicki Catlin, Arlington


Jeers: To a Fort Worth auto dealership and one of its managers for not repairing a warranty issue on my daughter’s car, and, when we told him the doors were tied shut (to keep them from flying open), he tried to sell us another vehicle!

Heather Gobin, Fort Worth


Jeers: To a major airline and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport personnel. Our luggage never made it onto our flight, and not only did we still have to pay the checked bag fee, we’re still awaiting our apology, or a return phone call.

Jody and Penny Fletcher, Cheyenne, Wyo.


Cheers: To the registered nurse, off-duty firefighter and kind lady who helped me when I wrecked my car after hitting a pothole at Wilshire Boulevard and Country Club Drive. I was dragging myself back to my car after falling while going to look for a telephone. Thank you again.

Mary Garrett, Burleson


Cheers: To the recycle crew, who, on Nov. 11, returned my crate to my yard upright and empty. The norm has been upside down in my neighbor’s yard or on the side of street with papers scattered everywhere. Perhaps someone has learned how to completely empty these crates and return them to their proper place. Jeers to those who don’t care.

J.W. Robbins, Haltom City


Cheers: To dentists Griffin Murphey and Joseph Cecere. They have through the years always provided me with competent, professional and caring service. Not only are they first-rate, their staffs conform to the same high standards.

John Nolan, Arlington


Cheers: To dentist Paul Davis at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford. On July 4, I discovered I had broken a tooth and was leaving for vacation. I texted him to see if there was any possibility of getting it fixed. He met me at his office shortly thereafter. What a dentist! What service!

Lee Koch, Colleyville


Cheers: To the fifth annual Salute to Veterans, a USO Show presented by Taps ’n Tunes Productions on Nov. 11 at the Hurst Conference Center. Veterans from previous wars, as well as current conflicts, were there to share their stories. Military displays were also there for viewing. What a wonderful way to honor and remember our veterans!

Barbara J. Jones,

North Richland Hills


Cheers: To the special person who paid for this senior’s lunch on Nov. 15 at the Cotton Patch Cafe on Hulen Street. Thank you and God bless.

Ruth Shelton, Crowley


Cheers: To the thoughtful lady in the Ford Escape who kindly helped me with my battery replacement at Wal-Mart in North Richland Hills on Nov. 10. Thanks!

Jeff Redding, Fort Worth


Cheers: To the shopper at the Wal-Mart on Anderson Lane who on Nov. 4 turned in the $60 in cash that I left in the cash dispenser at the self-checkout. I wasn’t going to go back because I didn’t think anyone would have turned it in, but my daughter talked me into it. What a great feeling that was, and a story I’ve shared with many people.

Susan Jenkins, Arlington


Cheers: To Eric Campbell and Dillon Turner of Sewell Lexus on Bryant Irvin Road for their outstanding service when I purchased a pre-owned vehicle. They were helpful, friendly and informative. I felt as if I was their most valuable customer. I highly recommend Sewell Lexus.

Darlene Harrison, Crowley


Cheers: To the Kroger bakers at Arlington’s Pleasant Ridge store who created the perfect cake for my mother’s 96th birthday celebration on Nov. 14. Cheers also to store manager who said: “She’s 96. She deserves a free cake. Give her a big Kroger’s hug from us.” And, we did!

W. Douglas Scoggins,



Cheers: To the Rosemont Middle School Junior Cadet Corps for participating in the Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade. It was an honor to march and show respect to our country’s veterans.

Petty Officer Erica Blackwell, Rosemont JCC instructor, Irving


Cheers: To Saigling Elementary School in Plano for the Veterans Day celebration in honor of our heroes. The event for servicemen and women related to the students and educators of Saigling was heartfelt by veterans honored and the students who paid tribute. My Vietnam veteran husband never felt more appreciated.

Beth Humphrey, Burleson


Jeers: To the Lone Star Film Festival. This was the third year we were bounced from seeing our movie after waiting in line for more than an hour. We were fifth in line. It seems the only way you can see a movie now is to spend $150 for a pass.

Shannon Brooks,

Fort Worth


Cheers: To the gentleman who paid for our lunch at the David Beard Catfish and Seafood restaurant in Azle on a recent Tuesday. You made the day special for the ladies of our mah jongg group!

Norma Blackman, Azle


Cheers: To Brett Swilling and his crew at Jerry’s Toyota Collision in Weatherford. Thanks to them, my Tundra looks just like new!

Pat Farns, Weatherford


Cheers: To Patterson Kia of Arlington for exceptional customer service, resulting in a very pleasant, hassle-free car-buying experience. I’ve purchased three Kias from this dealership and believe me when I say that everyone from general manager Joe Johnson to the entire staff are truly professional.

Barbara A. Smith,

Fort Worth


Cheers: To the man who paid for Dorothy’s and Edna’s breakfasts one October morning in Burleson.

Dorothy Rogers and Edna Wilson, Fort Worth


Cheers: To the lady at Pappas Burger who saw my U.S. Air Force Korean Veteran cap and came over to my table to thank me for my service. When I asked for my bill, I was told that the lady had paid for my lunch.

W.S. Graham,

Mineral Wells


Cheers: To Julia and Dan Cleveland for their honesty. Because of a gasoline pump glitch, my fuel transaction was declined. But when Mr. Cleveland came up next, he was able to fill his vehicle on my credit card. I returned to the 7-Eleven and Dan asked me if I was the person on the receipt that he was holding. Julia wrote me a check for the entire amount, sealing the unusual deal. I thank you both, Julia and Dan.

David Medford,

Fort Worth


Jeers: To the city of Fort Worth for not striping Weatherford Street from Henderson Street to the bumpy old bridge at the east end. Seeing the lanes day or night, rain or shine, is almost impossible. The pavement at the bridge is terrible, too,

Larry Small, Hurst


Cheers: To Parker County Commissioner Larry Walden and crew for making Thompson Road very nice, instead of the cow trail that it was. Good job on getting the money to take care of this road. Much appreciated!

Phil Jennings, Weatherford