Too many malls
"With too many shopping centers/strip malls, do we need to build more? In the past seven years, Williamsburg Marketcenter (Mooretown Road), Williamsburg Crossing (junction of John Tyler and 199), Williamsburg Shopping Center (Richmond Road and Monticello) and the Williamsburg Outlet Mall have lost many to all occupants. Meanwhile, Quarterpath Crossing (Harris Teeter), New Town (including Shops on Main), Fresh Market on Monticello and Marquis at Williamsburg (Target, Best Buy, etc.) have sprung up. Now there's a question about where Costco could go? In the 'Big Yellow Taxi' words of Joni Mitchell, 'we paved paradise and put up a parking lot.'"
"A Feb. 8 Last Word comment claimed 'Just coming to school, showing up for class and not being sent to the principal's office for discipline will get you a C.' I find the comment to be false and offensive to teachers and those children who try hard to achieve high marks. The Honor Roll is an achievement in one's academic success. Grades are calculated on numbers, not attendance or discipline. Good job to all the students who made the Honor Roll. Thank you, teachers, for all of your efforts."
Kudos to police
"Congratulations to the Williamsburg Police for the recent arrest of persons allegedly involved in the production and sale of meth. Our community needs to made aware of the dangerous effects of taking meth, even after one puff or sniff. Meth is a very dangerous drug that leads straight to addiction."
"In response to the varied complaints in the Last Word concerning teenagers and young people: Lest you forget, it was your generation who raised this current generation. Stop blaming teenagers for the faults of the world and examine your own actions. 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.'"
"In reference to flashing school bus lights: Stop! You do the same for intersections with flashing lights. School bus light are no different. If the school bus driver sticks her arm out and waves you by, that's different."
"I know the speed limits in Williamsburg are somewhat strange, like 25 mph in a wooded area and 45 mph in an area where there are gas stations, restaurants, etc. Today as I was coming home through a 25 mph zone, a very impatient driver behind me was almost in my trunk and after a few minutes he passed me on a solid yellow line. I did not want a speeding ticket, and if the police had been around, he would probably have gotten one!"
"Always watch before making a right turn on red that there is not another car popping up over the hill on your left! This has happened to me several times when I get off Route 199 onto Longhill Road and I am in the right lane to make a right turn into the apartment complex at Regency and a car decides to make a right turn on red right in front of me when she couldn't wait 30 more seconds until I go by."
"This is regarding pick-up trucks and SUV's parking in front of shopping centers on the sides of cars. When you come out of the store, it is hard to back out for fear of getting hit, especially when you don't hear well. There should be a designated place for these trucks to park in the parking lots."
"Farewell to Dr. Meryl Lessinger at the Animal Clinic & Wellness Center. Thank you for 31 years of taking care of our pets and the local wildlife. Thank you for the spay-a-thons for whatever disaster strikes, support of Heritage Humane Society and hosting a running list of veterinary students, vet tech students and teenagers who 'wannabe.' You have taught and inspired so many people over the past 3 decades. This community will certainly miss you."
"Many thanks to Dr. MacDougal, Amy and Tracy at Anderson's Corner Animal Hospital for treating my grand-dog on Sunday afternoon. It is fantastic to be able to get emergency veterinary treatment in the Williamsburg area seven days a week. The hospital was fully staffed with excellent caregivers."
In the news
"The front page of Saturday's Gazette was all about how the Unitarian Universalist Church felt about the judge's decision on removing the ban on gay marriage. Why don't you ask the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church, the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, what they think?"
"In response to Steve Vaughan's column that the City of Williamsburg lacks room for a big store: Costco, Sam's or BJ's need not be in the city. There is plenty of space in James City or York counties."
"Great item about the national anthem. You know, of course, that 'The Star-Spangled Banner' was not written as a song to be sung about our country but as a poem. The editor's note was right on course, as was the one in last Saturday's Last Word. We need to take more pride in our country."