Walkers, runners and bikes -- the Last Word, Oct. 10

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Pedestrians - I was reading the Last Word about pedestrians at crosswalks — how they don't have flashlights, don't wear clothes where you can see them. I'd also like to make a comment about the pedestrian that's running. You cannot run across a crosswalk unless we stop and make sure that the oncoming traffic has enough time and is prepared to stop. I almost hit a lady a couple of days ago on Francis Street/Boundary Street. We missed each other by maybe a quarter of an inch. So, you runners really need to realize you got to stop and make sure that vehicles coming down the highway have enough time to stop. Thank you.

Whose teachings?

Some Christians follow the teachings of Jesus. Other Christians follow the teachings of St. Paul. St. Paul taught his followers to use their tithes and offerings to build and operate churches. Jesus taught his followers to be a church to all people by using all of their tithes and offerings to help people in need. Which type of Christian are you?

Population

I am convinced that those people in this country who are opposed to birth control and abortion will not be happy until the streets of American cities are packed with humanity to the same level as the slums of Mumbai.

Free TV

Free: Hitachi projection color TV that works with instruction book. Fifty inch screen, very heavy, bring help. 757-869-9568.

Enjoyed event

On Wednesday night, the Colonial Williamsburg museum celebrated their 30th anniversary. It was a lovely indoor celebration with music and food and lots of things to look at and explore in a timely fashion. The one thing — perhaps the rain held some people back, but we still had a nice group and it was obvious that our Colonial Williamsburg president was not at the event. It was a shame that he missed it. Thank you.

Looking for ...

Does anybody know someone who can get my Jazzy handicapped cart back in running order? Phone (757) 566-4201. Ask for Sandy.

I was wondering if anybody might have a couch, maybe a motorized recliner chair. I'm in a motor chair and am unable to really sit on my couch. The couch I have is pretty much dry rotten and I need another couch, if anybody got a couch out there that they might donate. And if you should have a motorized recliner chair, I'd very much appreciate it because I can be able to sit in it and maybe could get in my motorized chair, rising it up. I appreciate it and have a blessed day and God bless you. My number is 1-804-413-1892.

Thank you

To the medical personnel from CW, the Fire Department and Riverside Doctors Hospital who took care of me when I fainted Sept. 4, 2015, at the Bushes and Barrels event at CW. It turns out I have a very serious but treatable disease that I would not have discovered (at least not so soon) without my fainting that evening and your care of me afterward. Your kindness and concern are very much appreciated.

Highland Park

I am very disappointed in the Williamsburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority. I have several family members that live in the New Hope, Highland Park and Mimosa Drive properties that are operated by the Authority, and I find the common denominator to be the level of maintenance and upkeep of these properties which are shameful. A recent memo referenced a "Gazebo" that has been placed at Highland Park. It seems some area children damaged it and the Authority informed the tenants. However, they never mentioned the large pile of mulch dumped at that location at the beginning of summer and is still there. Those tasked to maintain the landscape are not properly trained nor supervised and the service to that property and the others are a shameful testament to level of commitment that the Authority has to these properties. It amazes me that the Authority showed more concern for a wooden structure that really serves no purpose, but ignores the real maintenance issues that compromise the safety of its tenants.

Police service

The police put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. I am so disgusted with these ignorant restaurant workers who refuse to serve them. Every time I read about it, I cross this whole restaurant chain off my list of places to eat. Goodbye, Arby's and Dunkin' Donuts.

Adoption

Anyone interested in viewing a beautiful, gentle 31 second video on adoption as an option to abortion, go to You Tube Adoption Is An Option.

Liability issue?

I'm going to ask a question of the knowledgeable group of people who contribute to the Last Word. If Dominion Power knowingly turns off the power by a willful act, is there any civil liability on their part? For example: If I lose the contents of my refrigerator or freezer or a power surge burns up some electronics. I know "acts of God" are just that and Dominion Power is not responsible. But, if they willfully and knowingly turn off my power, it seems to me to involve a different set of rules. Just thinking about their threats to start "rolling blackouts" if their power lines aren't approved. I don't live anywhere near to where the power lines are going but I'm just curious what liability Dominion has in a case like that.

High prices

Why is it all our consignment shops price their items higher then what you can go out and buy new? Wake up, people. With local Trash & Treasures, etc., we have more options. Stop with your greed.

Post office

Postal patrons, please be advised that we recently had a case of mail tampering in which a sealed envelope containing a check for nearly $1000.00, arrived at its cross country destination opened, and the check missing. Fortunately, the bank assisted me immediately to stop payment on the check, but when I called the post office to report the issue, I was told to call the postal inspector in Richmond. That number rings and rings but is never answered and one cannot leave a message. Does the postal service no longer care about mail tampering? While the postal system works great 99.9% of the time, there have been repeated incidents of mail tampering and the problem is not being effectively resolved. Beware!

Bike lanes

Kudos for Williamsburg installing bike lanes on both sides of Jamestown Road. Unfortunately, the lanes simply stop near John Tyler Lane. Why not continue the bike lanes onto John Tyler Lane, then Strawberry Plains Road so they connect to bike lanes on Monticello? Similarly, continue bikes lanes on Jamestown Road, across Rt. 199 and connect with the Capitol bike trail which will connect Jamestown to Richmond. While bike lanes are helpful, what we need is an integrated bicycle transportation network, one that links together the presently discontinuous segments of bike lanes. Many of these areas are congested with vehicular traffic, making them unsafe for cyclists. Thank you.

After the citizens of the Commonwealth have unknowingly paid millions of dollars for bike lanes used by less than 1% of the population, there are still no regulations or laws governing the bicyclists using our roadways. For the safety of all concerned, why are helmets, front and rear lights and registration with a yearly $20 fee for those over 18, not required? Bicyclists want all the perks but do not contribute a dime to the building and maintaining of roadways or bike lanes. Unfortunately some riders do not take responsibility for safety by having no helmet, bright reflective clothing and lights visible at least 200 feet front and rear. Registered bikes would help in the recovery of stolen bicycles and at least contribute something toward bicycle lane maintenance.

Recommended

The staff at Impact Automotive demonstrated what customer service and honesty are all about. For several months, I had a problem with my 2004 Accord. After futile attempts to diagnose and resolve the issue with other places, I brought it to Impact Auto where Pete Pappas and his family put the staff to work to figure out the problem and suggest a fix. Pete's personal involvement included putting his son in the trunk to confirm that the light there wasn't staying on and draining the battery. Ultimately they suggested replacing the starter and walked me through their logic. That did the trick and the car is as good as new. I highly recommend Impact Auto for anyone who wants to be treated well and have their car get professional service at a fair price.

We want to extol the skills of Woods Elliott, a Williamsburg local who repairs cane and rush chairs. We found him through a referral from the Williamsburg Antique Mall. Wonderful work. Timely service. Reasonably priced. We highly recommend him. His number is 757-229-6570.

I'd like to thank Debi Wilkinson for a wonderful job she recently did for me. I needed 18 runners sewn for my daughter's wedding. Debi did beautiful work. Not only did she do a great job on the runners, and in a timely fashion for a fair and reasonable price, but Debi came to the rescue when we needed last minute alterations to my other daughter's bridesmaid gown. Debi did the alterations for us, then delivered the gown to the church on the day of the wedding! She is wonderful! You can reach Debbie at 1sewcraftyDebi@gmail.com

Two of our favorite places to eat are overlooked. Corey's Country Kitchen (5242 Olde Town Road) has the best authentic Southern cooking at reasonable prices and Huntsman Grill (in front of the Great Wolf Lodge) has great food at reasonable prices.

JCC grants

Why is the Board of Supervisors awarding more than $100,000 in grants to Jamestown Settlement and Jamestown Yorktown Foundation? I do not want my tax dollars going to fund these organizations whose leadership makes more money in one year than I make in five years. Who decides this funding? A grant implies that there was a process for other nonprofits to have a chance for this funding. I would much rather have my money going to help groups that are providing food, shelter, education, clothes and child care, not holiday arts programs.

True science

True science is never really settled. It must remain open to question, and does, whether some scientists want it to or not. That does not mean that scientists don't or can't know something well enough to tell us it's time to act. Why else would we react to a tornado warning without a full debate on the possibility that the tornado might miss us?

Power lines

Good point by the Last Word contributor who compares the visual impact of the power lines to that of the immense roller coasters at Busch Gardens. Let's call the opposition what it is — an attempt by a relatively few wealthy citizens to make the whole community pay to preserve their pristine view.

Great vet

As the owners of a Boston terrier, we would also like to add to the others our praise of Dr. Sparkman and Noah's Ark Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Sparkman removed two tumors from our dog and she is doing so well. You can hardly see the scars. Everyone at Noah's Ark is caring and superb in their treatment of the animals.

Needs advice

I would love some advice. I have an ex-husband that four years ago had me followed by a private eye. He took pictures of me and my best friend hanging out. He insinuated, or the guy taking the pictures did, that there was some type of romantic relationship. There was not. Anyway, he used them during our divorce and every once in a while brings these pictures up again. It's been four years. I've asked for them and he won't give them to me. What can I do to stop his behavior? He is bringing up the pictures to our daughter. He is fairly well known throughout Williamsburg. No one knows what he is really like, everyone thinks he is just a great guy. Any thoughts? Thank you.

Flu shots

Does anyone have a recommendation for flu shots for kids? I have contacted my son's pediatrician who is only scheduling flu shots at certain times. The times are between 9:00-11:00. He's in middle school and I don't want him to miss a whole class period to get a flu shot. You would think our pediatricians would be more flexible for our school-aged children.

Guns

If you come into my store carrying a gun, I'm not going to ask you to leave. I will, however, call 911 and tell the dispatcher that a person with a gun has entered my store and that I fear he intends to rob me. I will do this because for all I know you just bought the gun out of the trunk of a car behind the shopping center with the intent to rob or kill.

After the killing rampage at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, the canned response from NRA will be to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus and to have better mental health care. Since the 9/11 attacks more Americans have been killed as the result of gun violence then died in New York, Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon combined. And there has been no movement to curb the slaughter. As long as Congress is afraid of a vocal, heavily armed minority of the electorate there will be no change.

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