Monday, January 05, 2009

Cheers and Jeers

This past Saturday morning I sat at the kitchen table with my family, drinking coffee, eating breakfast, and reading the paper. Like many local newspapers, ours has gotten thinner from loss of revenue and circulation, but thankfully, the Star-Telegram has kept one of my favorite weekend features: the Cheers and Jeers section.

Cheers and Jeers is a special Saturday edition of the opinions where readers can send in short comments, positive or negative. The comments range from thanks to medical centers ("you made the stay of this grouchy old man much more tolerable") to broader diatribes on society ("jeers to a world in which everyone over 5 years old has a cellphone glued to their head"). Of course, I always get a bigger kick from the jeers.

Here are a couple excerpts.

"Cheers: To the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Sundance Square for providing the only public restrooms during the Parade of Lights. Jeers to the city for not having enough portables for the crowd." --M.R. Ormsbee, Haltom City

I'm with you, M.R. Although, I will risk great internal damage before using a portable under any circumstances, long lines or not.

"Jeers: To the person(s) who knocked down a large section of our 6-foot wooden fence and left the scene in the wee hours the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Were you too loaded with presents from Black Friday, or just too loaded to make the curve? We are older and on a fixed income, so this comes out of our pockets. Oh, maybe that was why you left your side mirrors, signals and other parts in our yard. How thoughtful. We can sell them on eBay to pay for the damage you left behind."--Ralph Briggs, Arlington

Way to go, Ralph! Not only did you get in a pun (loaded!) but you displayed an internet savvy uncharacteristic to your age group. Here's a tip of the coffee cup to you, fine sir.

Question: Do you read the newspaper? What's your favorite section?



Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Cheers and jeers. Something every paper needs. We should do this on our blogs.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

I love the entire paper. I look forwrd to it every morning. Cheers and Jeers has become a Saturday tradition. Our son loves to read the entire section aloud. I love the NY Times crossword, and of course, Hints from Heloise. Thanks to Heloise, I save all of my egg cartons for uses around the house.

9:43 AM  
Blogger AmyDeborah said...

I actually worked for the guy who started Cheers and Jeers at the Startle-gram when I was in Abilene. Everyone loves it but the folks that work there.
I love Cheers and Jeers. I think that in 1000 years, this will be what anthropologist study when trying to find out what our society was like. Kinda scary, huh?
Seeing as how I was a newspaper lady once, I sadly don't read it anymore. Just scan the headlines, read the cutlines on the pictures and the funnies. Every now and then they have a story that will pique my interest.
Mostly I get my news from NPR.

11:12 AM  
Blogger *Tyler* said...

I just have to comment on
M.R. Ormsbee, Haltom City.

I was in Fort Worth that weekend and on my way to the Kimbell that very night when I hit ridiculous traffic and sat for 45 minutes due to the Christmas lighting... thank goodness we didn't need a restroom. My friend Mark and I used the time to catch up and play "remember when." Luckily we made it just in time to see the Nativity on display from Italy. Afterwards we hit Pappasito's for a late dinner.

Great night~

1:26 PM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

I love hip older people! I hope they include that story when they put those items on eBay! I think it will increase the bids.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Great idea, Charles. Maybe I'll pick a day and start it.

Kern, what would we do without Heloise? My favorite Hint was when she recommended hanging potholders on the walls to stop doorknob nicks. So pretty!

AmyDeborah, love Startle-gram. We're NPR fans too. Kern's more devoted though.

Tyler, I'm embarrassed to say, as a Fort Worthian, that I've never seen the parade of lights. Too much traffic. And, of course, there's the port-a-potty situation.

Alyssa, I imagine they'll find a sassy way to advertise their goods. Maybe I'll pop over to eBay and put in a bid!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Barrie said...

Oh, I wish our paper had a section like that!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

I tend to look at local event listings, to see if there's anything "artsy" going on that I can get in on. Other than that, I tend to stick to fluff--Dear Abby type stuff, comics.

6:36 PM  
Blogger TJ Wilson said...

This is one of my fav sections, too. People are funny.

5:20 PM  

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