Last Word on rural land, Oct. 1

Don't answer

How to stop the calls is to not answer the phone in the first place. If you don't recognize the number on caller ID, let the answering machine handle the call. If it's someone you want to talk to, pick up.

Looking for ...

Can anyone recommend a company to remove and take to the dump an entertainment center that can be broken down to four sections? Also, I need 10 minutes' help moving a desk. Please contact specialam@aol.com.

I would like to get some dry rot work done on a couple boards in my home. They're not very high. I have a ranch with just a little bit of height in the corner over the garage. There are some other projects if someone would be willing to do them along with that at a reasonable price. Since my daughter died, I don't know very many people around here and don't know who to call. Thank you.

The Parrotheads of the Phininsula are looking for corn hole teams to play in a tournament benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project, October 9th, at the Watermen's Museum in Yorktown. If you like live music, cold beer and awesome BBQ by Two Drummers Food truck, then come on down. Contact vaphil@cox.net for more information.

Lost: 12 dog training collars in clear case, Route 607, Route 17, Center Cross area, King William County. Please call 757-903-7094.

For the person looking for Dru: She is now at Shear Genius, John Tyler Highway. Thank you.

Does anyone have experience or recommendation for dental braces in Mexico? Thank you very much.

I would like to know where Alex, formerly of Duke's Barbershop, is.

I am looking for a handyman. Would appreciate any recommendations. Thank you.

What channel offers Dr. Oz's program? If you know, please post it in the Last Word.

I am looking for a person in the Williamsburg area who has experience finishing off a piece of completed needlepoint and making it into a flat Christmas ornament. Please contact me at 301-633-3233. Thank you."

Forge Road plans

Readers, please be aware that the commentary in The Virginia Gazette written by Linda Rice in no way represents the majority of residents on Forge Road. Friends of Forge Road is a group of people who have moved to Toano and unfortunately adopted the name of Forge Road. Like so many other people, they have moved to an area and want to regulate how others live there. In my opinion, a person should be able to do what they want with their own land.

I would like to respond to Linda Rice's commentary regarding holding events on rural land. First, her opinion does not represent most residents on Forge Road. Second, the name of her membership club, as "Friends of Forge Road and Toano," is misleading and unfortunate. Third, her concerns are greatly exaggerated. Forge Road is the perfect venue for some, not all, special events. Landowners should have a right to do what they want with their land, as long as it does not infringe on others. The law enforcers can take care of any of these infringement issues.

Enjoy the beach

My husband and I loved the Jamestown beach last year. We are 77 and 75. Could you please make a road that will take us to the area by the ferry where we had shade there and showers and bathrooms? It is just too hard for old folks to carry chairs and picnics that far to get to the shade and bathrooms. Thank you for your consideration of us old folks that are still young at heart and want to go and enjoy the beach and the shade. Thank you, Last Word.

Bad experience

My comments are in regard to "Bad experience" at the Elon and William and Mary football game in the Last Word. I am 81 years old, a season ticket holder and think that having one of the two elevators reserved for coaches and other VIPs is ridiculous. But elder supporters—and there are many of us—are required to walk up three levels while coaches and VIPs can use a private elevator seems to show a real lack of concern for seniors.

I had exactly the same bad experience the week before and called the athletic director at the college who told me there were "communication" problems and they were cleared up. Yet, there I stood at the same elevator and again—same problem! If I'd not had my young muscular son visiting, my "threat" to those who wanted to keep us from the elevator, would have again forced me (on my cane) to walk two longer distances to get to my "chosen" season seating. I would plead with the athletic director to straighten out his message to the elevator operator and others!

Local election

In addition to the presidential election next month, residents in the Powhatan District will also be electing a new WJCC school board member. Lisa Ownby is the right choice. She has lived in Williamsburg for over 20 years, she is active in the community and has four children who have either graduated from or are currently attending WJCC schools. She is in touch with our triumphs and our challenges. Lisa Ownby is the one to get things done.

Fake merchandise

Sometimes a person would not only be purchasing fake merchandise, but they would be purchasing stolen merchandise. A lot of people that are on the street that are selling things to you or coming up to you to buy things that are actually stolen items that have been shoplifted. So, please, please don't purchase from them because it only encourages them to continue to steal, and it hurts everyone. Thank you.

Soccer protest

To the caller who complained about the William and Mary soccer players who knelt for the National Anthem: I am a 71-year-old combat veteran of Vietnam, and every time the chaplain said, "Let us pray," 90% of the people in attendance got down on one knee. So, when I see soccer and football players kneeling, I don't see offense. I see an honorable way of objecting to some of the social problems in this country.

What example The Virginia Gazette is setting by putting on the front page of their paper an article about the Tribe soccer player's taking a stand on one knee when the National Anthem was played! I am so disgusted I think I may remove my newspaper subscription. This in United States, and I am one proud American.

Tribe soccer players: Get off your knees and score some goals. If you feel that strongly about a cause, write a big check or join a protest. So get up and earn your athletic scholarship. Where's your coach? Is he on his knees, too?

Cheers

Thank you to the nice James City County lady police officer who came to check my home when I mistakenly hit my panic security alarm. Your speediness, professionalism and kindness were very much appreciated. We need to remind ourselves that our law enforcement is here for our protection in all ways. Thank you.

I would like to applaud Tidewater Orthopaedics for moving their business to an already existing building. There are so many buildings that are empty in Williamsburg, and then forests are cut down and new buildings are made, so pretty soon we will look like Newport News instead of a charming little town. Yeah, Tidewater Orthopaedics!

This is a very big cheers and a very big thank you to James City County and the Williamsburg/ James City County bus system for putting out a bench in front of Trader Joe's on Monticello Avenue. It was very much appreciated by myself and other people. Thank you again. Like I said, it was very much appreciated.

Satellite dishes

Yes, this call is in response to the recent Last Word comment. The writer said that the covenants where she lives prohibited any external satellite dishes. That is wrong. The law is that the air ways are public and the local homeowners' associations cannot prevent you from access to those satellite signals. Thank you.

Car inspections

Are vehicle inspections optional? There were three vehicles with expired inspection stickers in the Mounts Bay government employee parking lot last week. The worst of the offenders was a small blue truck with a 4-15 sticker (April 15!!). That is 16 months of driving on Virginia roads with an expired sticker, a blatant disregard for the safety of other drivers and state vehicle operation requirements! I question the morals and ethics of this public servant who gets paid by taxes and fees.

Voting students

To the reader who had a question about students voting and making sure they were not also registered in their home community: The students would also like to make sure that those who have second homes, of which there are many in Williamsburg, are not registered anywhere else either. Have a blessed day.

Regarding your question about the Virginia Department of Elections and local registrars' ability to "be diligent, thorough, and satisfied enough…": Thanks to futuristic gadgets like telephones, computers, and the Internet, yes, they have been doing thorough and diligent work for decades!

Obeying the rules

This is in reference to the police obeying their own laws. Obviously, it doesn't apply to the two York County deputies who just left Home Depot on Wednesday afternoon about two o'clock, driving down Mooretown Road, at a lot more than 35 miles an hour. I guess if I drove like them, I'd get pulled over.

Tax cuts

Business owners do not create additional jobs unless they see or can forecast additional customer demand. So to create more jobs, rather than give tax cuts to the wealthy as proposed by Republican leaders, tax cuts should go to the large middle and lower classes that tend to actually spend their more limited amounts of money. This creates more customer demand in our capitalistic economic system which, in turn, motivates job creation to meet the increased customer demand for products or services.

Free to you

I have Kodak Carousel, 35mm slide projector to donate to a charity, nonprofit, or a church. To pick up, contact: calvert55@cox.net. I contacted Angels of Mercy and they want the printer.

Recommended

Clean, beautiful windows! What fun to look out of! If you need help, call Jamestown Window Cleaning, 757-753-3482. They do a great job.

To the person who is looking for windows that can be hung from the outside: You can call Williamsburg Windows & Doors. It's 229-4595 and their last name is Ruck. And they were great—they did windows for us, they cleaned up after themselves and you wouldn't want any more pleasant service than that. They really have it. Good luck.

My neighbor, who continually has mower issues, had me come over to see this guy's trailer. What a great clean setup. I usually do my own repairs, but a health issue prevented me from doing so. I called Joe. He showed up as scheduled and proceeded to complete all my requests with a smile. I read in the Last Word and am not sure what people mean by "reasonable prices;" however, I was pleased by what Joe charged for his services. Joe can be reached by phone at 757 570-5708.

I would like to thank the carpet guy, Wayne, from Cleaning Service Company. He did a wonderful job. I didn't have to replace my carpet. Fantastic job! Thanks again.

Sixteen years after we bought blinds for our many windows, we had more than a few blinds with worn-out strings, impossible knots, broken slats, worn parts, even a few dog-chewed slats. We called Roger, the "Blind Doctor" for the Williamsburg area. He makes house calls, restrings, records, retapes and repairs blinds and shutters at a very reasonable price! We were very pleased with his careful work and polite manner. He also sells and installs new blinds and new shutters. Call Roger, the Blind Doctor, at 345-1137.

My husband and I recently had dinner at the new Aticha Thai Restaurant in the Williamsburg Shopping Center, where the Ho Cha Restaurant was previously. The food was absolutely wonderful and the service outstanding. If you enjoy Thai food, I highly recommend it.

I always use Yard Works and they do a great job and not expensive like some companies, Phone number is 565-4624.

Cat problems

According to the October 2016 issue of Smithsonian Magazine, "In 2013, the Smithsonian and other government scientists…suggest that American cats—pets and strays – kill some 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion birds per year, making them the leading human-related cause of avian deaths." They also note that "house cats rank as one of the world's 100 worse invasive species…" Do your neighbors and birds a favor, neuter your cats and keep them indoors.

Presidential politics

Saw the recent new commercial funded by the National Rifle Association, NRA, about a lady who's going to lose her gun rights if Hillary Clinton is elected president. You would think that all the NRA would know that only Congress can make laws which are national in their state and only by vote of the people of this country can the Constitution be changed. The Supreme Court merely renders opinions.

Donald Trump disrespects all voters. By refusing to release his tax returns, he denies all voters the facts they are entitled to know about his financial situation. For decades, all other presidential candidates have done this. What is he afraid to show us? Meanwhile he disrespects us all.

Clinton brings in this guy from "Shark Tank" who owns a basketball team. Wow, that's really going to influence me. But Trump brings in a survivor from Benghazi and a Gold Star mother whose son was killed there, for the front row. That's exactly what I would have done.

If you listen to the media, you would think that Hillary Clinton won the debate, but if you look at the millions and millions of those who took their time to go online for their impression of the debate, Donald Trump took it hands down. But the media's going to keep trying to brainwash you that they want Hillary; therefore, whatever she does, in their estimation is what the American people want. But it's not.

Just listened to Governor Christie's account of the train tragedy in New Jersey on Thursday. I can assure you, in my heart of hearts, that all those Republican voters in the primary that did not vote for Christie—you really made a mistake, in my mind, even with the debate. Governor Christie could and should have been the Republican nominee for President of the United States. And, for those of you hoping that Hillary wouldn't become the President—I think you really blew it.

We're disappointed that former four-term Republican Senator John Warner is endorsing Hillary. For years we believed he was a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and always was able to convince conservatives during re-election. He doesn't have to support Trump, but Warner should vote for Trump as the Republican candidate over Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic candidate.

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