Cheers & Jeers

Cheers and Jeers

Jordan Spieth hits out of a fifth-hole sand trap during the third day of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tourney.
Jordan Spieth hits out of a fifth-hole sand trap during the third day of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tourney.

Cheers: To Dean & DeLuca, the newest sponsor of our favorite golf tournament, for being a class act. Despite my feelings about their dropping “Colonial” from the tournament name, I’m convinced after watching them in action that they’ll be a good sponsor and a benefit for the event.

Jerry Schmidt, Cleburne


Cheers: To Jordan Spieth, winner of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament. If folks were glancing at Ben Hogan’s statue on Sunday, they would have noticed he was smiling at the skills and demeanor of Spieth. He wears the plaid jacket well and proudly.

Jerry M. Wood, Azle


Cheers: To retired Dallas Cowboys running back Calvin Hill for being awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Yale University, his alma mater. Yale President Peter Salovey said, “On the field and off, leadership, character and service have been the hallmark of your life.” How true!

Jim Sanderson, Fort Worth


Cheers: To Cindy Valenta, teacher extraordinaire at the Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning in the Birdville school district. Cindy goes above and beyond to help students, faculty, parents and friends. Her creativity, knowledge and kindness know no bounds. You are a jewel in an already superior district. Thank you so much.

Jodie and Mika Tepfer, Bedford


Cheers: To the Baylor University regents for cleaning house and facing the scandal head on. Cheers also for doing so after graduation so that those young people, including my grandson, received their degrees. As a three-generation Baylor family, we’re disappointed that this situation was tolerated by the athletic department.

Rick Weintraub,



Cheers: To the man and wife who paid for dinner for my wife and this 80-year-old veteran at Logan’s Roadhouse on May 30. It was a real shock and greatly appreciated. We will pay it forward. A big Texas thanks.

Paul R. Sellers, Fort Worth


Cheers: To whoever saw my “Combat Veteran Vietnam” cap and paid for our supper at El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant in Azle on May 28. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. It will be paid forward!

Roger Owens, Azle


Cheers: To the person who paid for dinner at the Saltgrass Steakhouse on Interstate 20 in Arlington for me and my daughter on Memorial Day. We sure enjoyed the steak. This 92-year-old ex-Marine thanks you for your kindness.

Jack Vaughan, Arlington


Cheers: To restaurants that treat veterans to meals on Veterans Day. Cheers also to those who buy a meal for a veteran, even when it’s not Veterans Day.

Edward Lindsay,

Fort Worth


Cheers: To the Keller Williams Realty team for helping our parent volunteers to continue the much-needed maintenance to the extensive grounds and landscaping on our campus. We are enjoying the beauty around us, made possible by their hard work and giving of their own time. Thank you!

Susan Wade, principal, Daggett Montessori School, Fort Worth


Cheers: To the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Fort Worth. I missed an appointment for a CT scan. Attempts to reschedule over the phone were unsuccessful, so I went there to reschedule in person. They did reschedule me — for right then! I was seen and scanned immediately, saving me another trip. Thank you!

Cliff Sees, Bedford


Cheers: To Randy, my superintendent, and Taylor, my salesman, at Pulliam Pools for such a wonderful job on my pool! They made the process easy and enjoyable! It looks great! Highly recommend!

Sherry Higginbotham, Benbrook


Jeers: To parents who openly supply alcohol to teenagers. Underage drinking is against the law. Our children look to us, the parents, to provide examples of right and wrong behavior. Why do you do it?

Karen White-Dacy,

Fort Worth


Jeers: To the use of taxpayer money to help build a new stadium for baseball’s millionaires. Why not let them build the stadium? They’ll charge the taxpayers outrageous prices to attend games and for a beer and a hotdog. Wake up, America!

Jack O. Lewis,

Haltom City


Cheers: To Brett at the Wal-Mart store on Hulen Street. I stopped by to pick up a few things and didn’t know where to find them. He proceeded to show me exactly where they were. At other stores, I’ve had staff say, “Check on aisle so and so.” Above and beyond in customer service! Thanks!

John Ingram, Fort Worth


Cheers: To Shea Patterson, special events manager at UNT Health Science Center on Camp Bowie Boulevard, for the wonderful job in setting up the art show in the Atrium Gallery. All your efforts on behalf of the North West Art Association are greatly appreciated.

Carol Hogan, Fort Worth


Cheers: To the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for bringing some of the historical exhibits out of storage. I grew up with these exhibits and my adult children grew up with them. Lots of memories! Jeers for not labeling them! What kind of museum creates an exhibit without labels to explain what the patrons are looking at? Shame on you for poor museum stewardship!

Leah Hawkins, Bedford


Jeers: To ads that say, “We specialize in all types of ...” They sure don’t specialize in knowing the definition of the word. Or “save up to 50 percent ... or more!” Or when they tell you, “Get this product you deserve.” How do they know what I deserve?

Timothy Marron,



Jeers: To a woman who was exchanging a 12-pack of Dr Pepper for a 24-pack at the Minyards store at Meadowbrook Drive and Loop 820 on May 27. The assistant manager was so nice, and the minute she turned her back, the woman put both in her cart and was out the door!

Barbara Bernat, Granbury


Cheers: To Fort Worth Electric. Patrick and Kyle responded to a power outage at my residence. They assessed the problem and fixed it. My wife is ill and they were very considerate of her while working. I was very impressed with their professionalism and appreciated their care and concern.

Robert Mele, Fort Worth


Jeers: To those who felt that the attendance fee to the St. Andrew Catholic School auction was excessive. A dinner was provided as well as beverages. If some felt that the expense was excessive, they could have volunteered to work a two-hour shift and got in free. It’s a school fund-raiser.

Christine Moore-Holtz, Fort Worth


Cheers: To the very nice couple who bought us dinner at Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano in Grapevine on May 27. You touched our hearts. Thanks for your kindness. The world is a kinder place because of people like you.

Kathy and Mike Kimble, Grapevine


Cheers: To the Southlake Women’s Club for its donations to many local charities, including Christmas Providers. Their generosity helps Christmas Providers annually provide 500 Birdville and Hurst-Euless-Bedford school families with a wonderful Christmas. SWC’s Art in the Square is a great community event that helps fund many worthwhile efforts. Thank you!

Steve and Cindy Brown Harding,

North Richland Hills


Cheers: To the diners at the fully occupied outside tables at Taco Diner on Sundance Square on the evening of May 26. They all stopped eating and stood for the national anthem when the Fort Worth Symphony began its free concert next to them on the square.

Paul J. Ballard, Fort Worth


Jeers: To fireworks vendors for opening their stands for Memorial Day, and double jeers to the buyers for setting them off. Memorial Day is a somber day of reflection, not a celebratory time. Cheers to the veterans and the many people and organizations that honored our veterans during this time with moving ceremonies.

James V. Hickey,