"With the nasty weather we've had this winter, would Williamsburg drivers who don't know how to drive in snow, stay at home? Quit trying to park your cars going 60 mph, thus going into a ditch."
"I continue to be extremely upset about the School Board's decision to reduce recess. Some of the Last Word comments in response to parents' outrage are absurd. None of us are saying the days don't need to be made up, and the petition online with over 500 signatures is specifically focused on cutting recess being an issue. I think most parents would support keeping the proposed makeup plan exactly as it is with one exception. Return recess to the full amount previously taken and instead turn Presidents Day or another previously scheduled day off school into a normal school day. A School Board meeting is scheduled next Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the James City Government Complex in Building F. Hope to see you there!"
"Elementary school students in WJC Schools are having their recess reduced in order to make up days lost to snow. Anyone with knowledge of child development realizes that things are learned during recess. Minds are growing, bodies are growing, bones are getting stronger. Sunshine is important to the development of a child. What about the sixth-graders who have no recess at all? What about the seventh-graders who have no recess at all but are forced to be kept in school an extra 30 minutes a day without sunshine, without outside activity? That seems to not be in the best interest of the health of the children."
"To parents complaining about the schools taking some recess from the children: Back in the day, we went to school, came home, did chores, homework and played all evening. If you would take those games and electronic gadgets away from your kids, make them do their homework and some chores, then let them play in the evening, you would give them recess. The schools shouldn't have to worry about recess."
"I think the readers are taking the issue of teenagers and their behavior out of context. No one is saying the behaviors in question are acceptable or the norm among that age group. The message is that some teenagers exercise poor judgment and decision-making skills. It always mystifies me how judgmental other parents can be. And it is never their children who have poor judgment skills. Hmm."
"I partly agree with the comments on charging teens with foolish crimes. Rather than charging the children, the parents should be charged for not watching and teaching their children how to live care-free without the foolish addictions of life. Somebody said the maturity level of adults starts at 21 years of age. Then why are we letting people join the military service to fight for our country at 17? We all need to rethink our logic."
"About the 16-year-old charged with child pornography: Finally someone with some common sense. Bravo, Nate Green!"
"This is in response to the headline, 'Criminal act or poor judgment?' What a shame! I would like to see our taxpayer dollars concentrated on major crimes, not expending resources on these frivolous cases."
"Pleased to see the interest in this subject growing and opinion getting more realistic. Once again congratulations to the Gazette and Cortney Langley, who has done a nice job in reporting and analyzing the problem, with more to come. In the end, the City of Williamsburg will have to take the lead, but so far they seem to be rather silent. Public hearings anyone?"
"This comment is in response to last week's article about the decision by the WJC School Board to revise its policy on Equal Opportunity Employment. The HR director states that 'things change all the time with lawsuits and court cases.' Has the county implemented similar policy changes to revise any outdated language to address disability to prevent discrimination?"
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"In Saturday's report about Colonial Heritage planning to start a day care for seniors, it said there was no adult day care center in the area. What about the Respite Care at United Methodist Church? It has been caring for adults with disabilities for over a decade. It is run by caring and competent professionals. I have known many families very satisfied with the enrichment their loved one received there."
"Loved the editor's note in the Last Word, stating that the national anthem is 'The Star-Spangled Banner.' Renee Fleming, who sang it at the Super Bowl, did so with class, respect, and feeling, still in her own style. Which, in her case did not detract, but enhanced the rendition. For a change after listening to too many NFL opening acts that seem either discourteous, impertinent, loathsome, or 'call attention to me, because I'm bigger than the song' performances, this one brought a tear of pride to the eyes of loyalists."
"Congratulations to the Gazette for the restraint shown in your reply to Super Bowl singing. I would have added something else!'"
"I visited the Heritage Humane Society last week and wanted to take all the wonderful animals home with me. Adopting an animal for Valentine's Day not only would be a forever gift for you or for someone you love, it would give your new pet an incomparable forever home."