Last Word, Sept. 19: Respect, Stryker and gates

The Virginia Gazette

It goes both ways

This is in response to the Sept. 9 article saying, "Respect the office." My response is I understand the message that the person wanted to transcribe about respecting the office. But the reverse is also true. The occupant of the office should respect the Constitution of the United States and the Congress of the United States, and the current occupant thinks that he is above and beyond any of that. Thank you.

The writer of "Respect the office" last Wednesday correctly expressed opinions about respecting the office of the President, except for possible conditions that would radically upset his position. While he claims to respect the office, the writer has no respect for Donald Trump. The person in the office has to earn respect. I could learn to more or less respect Trump; I will never respect its present occupant. Could the writer respect the office if Trump were president? I don't think so.

The Office of the President of the United States is respected because of its role in our form of government. The individual elected to that position is entitled to the respect the office conveys — their actions determine if they have earned respect of the nation as an individual. Obama proves the point. He is respected for the office he holds but disdained for his actions and failures. Respect as an individual is earned, not conveyed.

Dog clean up

When people in my neighborhood are walking their dogs, why don't they pick up the poop after them instead of letting them urinate or poop right in a neighbor's driveway, wherever they want to? If you're going to have a dog, why don't have respect for your neighbors? 'Cause some people just don't care. Thank you.

You asked ...

For the person that's looking to get their grandmother's clock repaired: I had a very old grandfather's clock repaired at Han's Clock and Watch Repair on Warwick Blvd. Their number is 599-4938 and its Han's Clock and Watch Repair. And they did a magnificent job. They restored it to the condition it was in when we were first given it as a gift. Thank you.

Gate no impediment

I, too, have lived in a gated community for 14 years. I am not a single person, but I did not have to cook a meal for over a month because of the generosity of friends and neighbors after back surgery. Some people even brought a meal more than once, and I could not be more grateful. I find it offensive that you think people are not good and that their smiles are phony, and in all caps, You are the one who should change your attitude. Thank you.

Looking for ...

I'm looking for a day bed. I really need it as soon as I can get it. My number is 741-2443. Thank you.

Where can I get VHS tapes transferred to DVD? Please call 566-4201. Thank you.

English, please

There's a new book that's out, called "Adios, America." And in it—one of the things that's stated—is that George Bush did weekly radio addresses in Spanish. Why? This is the United States of America. Speak English if you're the president of the United States. Why did he do that? As a first generation American, my family spoke more than one language. You just speak English. So we, as the people of America, who do not speak Spanish, have no idea what the president of the United States, then, is saying to the Hispanic community because he's certainly not saying it in English. And it sets a bad precedent. No wonder Jeb Bush spoke in Spanish. It's a long-standing attitude of the Bush family.

Refugees

If you watch the news and you saw the pictures of these refugees, you would assume that all of them or 90% of them are in family groups. My husband, who's with ICE, tells me that is not the case and it is a great concern because the majority of these refugees, especially coming in from Syria, which is one of the founders of ISIS, are all men. The question he posed is, how are you going to know who's ISIS and who's not, that they would get in with a bunch and spread themselves in the United States and into other countries. Very difficult to do that.

President Obama has now raised the number for these "refugees" to 10,000 with no checks whatsoever. And, you might say, "Well, aren't you lacking in compassion?" Really? Because we're already giving 4 billion dollars of our taxpayer dollars when this country is heavily in debt, to be distributed to the refugees. I'm sorry. We have a problem with ISIS. We have a problem with terrorist groups.

Got squirrels?

Hey, you got squirrels you can't keep out of your bird feeders? I've been trying for years and just found one. Try putting rough steel wool around the place they climb and they stop .

Swimming lessons

I have had my kids in swimming lessons at the JCC Rec Center for a while. It is a great facility and the class instructors/lifeguards do an awesome job. Last school year the lessons were at 4:15 pm and 5:20 pm. During the summer months the times changed to 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm but I was told the times would change back once school started. When I went to register my kids for the new session the times were 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. My older one is in middle school and catches the bus right after 6:30 am. This is extremely difficult to get dinner and do homework with the classes running so late. I have left three messages for the aquatics director, but have not gotten a call back. Hopefully this can be looked into, and I would appreciate any other feedback from other parents who are having difficulty with the schedule.

Robo calls

Does anyone know how to stop robo caller Carmen from calling? When I push the remove from list number, it is ineffective. I do not have her phone number, but if anyone does or can get it, I would appreciate it if you would share it in the Last Word.

Found Sunday on 500 block Penniman Road bundle of folded towels in clear plastic. Describe details at 221-2448 and leave your contact info.

Thank you

I would like to take just a moment to express my thoughts on the thoughtful, caring service I received at the Williamsburg Habitat Restore. My children, 3 and 5, and I were shopping on a busy Saturday about two weeks ago. My children were very hyper and upset because they wanted a few toys I didn't have money to get what they wanted due some budget reasons. The young lady working the floor took a few moments and came to talk to not only myself but my children as well. During conversation I was asked if my children could have a stuffed bunny. I happily accepted her offer. She then left and came back with two bunnies. This excited and made my children happy. I was very pleased with the employee's caring nature. You don't really ever find too many companies that go over and beyond their meaning of good customer service like Habitat Restore in Williamsburg. The employee's name is Sandy and when I complimented and thanked her she was very humble and replied with "I am glad I helped make your children smile." I can promise I will definitely go back with my business and look for Sandy to help me.

Wanted to give a round of thanks to Shorty's Diner for its support of local schools. Several of our public high school and middle school band groups and athletic teams earned much needed funds through car washes held at Shorty's over the summer. We really appreciate the restaurant's continued commitment to our kids and community!

A big thank you to the Williamsburg Community Pool for generously hosting the Homeschool at the Pool party. The cookie cake from Great American Cookies was a big hit as well! What a fantastic way to wrap up the summer and kick-off another year of homeschooling!

Ice cream

Blue Bell Creameries announced their product becoming available in stores beginning Aug. 31, but as we are a fair distance from Brenham, Texas, and scheduled for "Phase 5" of the distribution, when and where can local fans expect to get their first taste of "real" ice cream?

On Stryker

Maybe the white pre-cast panels, on the new Stryker Center, can be painted to match the softer buff color of the library—could only help the glare and disparity.

None of the materials, roof shapes, concrete panels, window patterns, brick type, etc., match those of the near buildings

The ARB ought to be fired by the City Council and then the City Council ought to resign for bringing us the Stryker fiasco.

Why did the City give up the valuable green space of the former Stryker Building when it did not need to do so? The green space is the "green gold" we market for tourism.

School bus

My daughter is a junior at Jamestown High School. She has never been in trouble at school or on the bus. However, her bus driver informed her that she will have to sit in an "assigned seat" from now on. What I want to know is: What is the rational for this decision? And who made what I consider to be a foolish, if not stupid, decision for middle and high school students?

Come on out

Williamsburg families are invited to enjoy the Car Show & Vendor Fair at Warhill High School on Saturday, Sept. 19th from 10am-2pm. Free admission to public. Classic and nonclassic cars, nonperishable food drive for Salvation Army, HRGreen.org and TNCC reps, hot food, ice cream and music. Rain date is 9/26. All are welcome!

Gun laws

In the Sept. 12th Last Word, a writer provided a lengthy defense of our current gun laws, saying: "Putting it as politely as I can, it is just plain naive to believe that by passing a law prohibiting gun ownership gun deaths would be a thing of the past." Putting it as politely as I can, it's just plain ignorant to believe that's the only solution. I see at least two shootings each evening on any local news channel. As a patriotic American, I am embarrassed that our country can't find a way to do anything about it. I suggest the writer do a little research on Australia. Some years ago after a particularly bad shooting incident, they instituted common sense laws, not just prohibition of guns, including voluntary buy-backs of weapons. They have been successful in markedly reducing gun deaths. Check it out, but don't just rely on what the NRA tells you. If the Aussies can do it, can't we Americans do it even better?

'Escape' returns

We also recently lamented the decision by Sirius/XM Radio to remove the "Escape" channel from the radio lineup but there is good news. Based on what apparently was significant customer feedback, Escape will return to XM Radio in mid-September and Sirius Radio sometime in October. Nice to know a company is actually listening to their customers!

One-way circle

The circle around Ludwell Apartments (dorms) is a one-way street. There are signs at the entrance to the circle, one-way signs across from both parking lot driveways, and all the cars are parked facing the same direction. Get a clue, people! I have almost been hit more times than I can recall while entering the circle.

Having children

The No-child tax section in the Last Word is ridiculous. First of all, plenty of gay and lesbian married couples have children and plenty of male-female married couples do not have children. Are you suggesting that my sister and her husband should get a divorce to avoid your lame no-child tax as she is unable to have children?

Donate shoes

For the person who asked about donating shoes to send to people in need, Sept 2: Thrive Peninsula collects donated shoes. They are at 13193 Warwick Boulevard, Suite 100, Newport News, VA 23602-8320. You can leave a message at: contact@thrivepeninsula.org or (757) 877-6211.

Pay their way

As a taxpayer, I want local officials to be sure that every student who attends WJCC schools but does not live in the district is paying the tuition they owe. Even if the students are star athletes in high school, they should pay. Our schools need every dollar that's coming to them.

Cheers!

Cheers to the new tapas style restaurant in Williamsburg, Triangle. We had to check it out and enjoyed everything. The food was wonderful. We went last Tuesday, which was "steal the glass" night and got a Brass Cannon glass with my beer. Our waitress was very outgoing and delightful. We will definitely be visiting again to check out the live music!

Looking for ...

If anyone has any dried or artificial single flowers they no longer need or want I would love to have them in practicing making flower arrangements. Please email me at 19pm58@gmail.com and I will come pick up at your convenience.

Coach out

Don't believe the story that Jamestown H.S. baseball coach resigned because he wanted to spend more time with his family. A group of disgruntled parents went to the athletic director and complained that they were not happy with the baseball coach, because of poor communication, not because of poor coaching or practice! The baseball coach took a program that was a cellar dweller for years and brought it up to championship caliber status. He spent extra time with the team, talking to college coaches/scouts about his players, fixing the field so that it was playable for games. However, that didn't satisfy the complaining parents, so they went to the athletic director. The athletic director sided with the parents and gave the baseball coach one day to decide his choice. Is this what we want in our schools? When a parent complains about a coach or teacher and the administration bows to them.

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