Last Word on postal problems, Jan. 17

Mail problems

When did the post office drop their motto and stop delivering without any notice? I haven’t had deliveries for the past six days, long past the snow. To make matters worse, when I went to the post office to mail a package, the drop-off bins were taped shut. And now Amazon is using the postal service for deliveries. Worse news ever.

To the reader who complained about not getting mail service for three days during the recent winter storm from the "taxpayer supported" USPS: The U.S. Postal System "receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sales of postage, products and services to fund its operations." If you would like better service during major winter storms, please conduct your local congressman to change the federal laws and increase our taxes to support the USPS.

We got mail, finally, the sixth day since the snowstorm began. There was no excuse for the mail not to have been delivered on that Monday, when the snow around the mailboxes was nothing but slush. I heard that neighboring communities got their mail each and every day since the snow began. So it just goes to show, it’s the mail carrier, not the vehicle, and we are in dire need of a new one.

In response to “Postal deliveries”: This person believes the postal service and not Donald Trump. Well, I’m looking at a report right now. Today, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for 2017, in the year in which its leadership detailed greatly concerning loss of $2.7 billion. No, the post office does not make money. The post office loses money, subsidized by taxpayers.

The people in Ford’s Colony should be thankful they only were without mail for three days. In my area, we had no mail for five days. However, considering the cheap-looking vehicles used for mail delivery, that is not surprising. Thank you.

Looking for …

Is there anyone in Williamsburg who sells bone broth?

Does anyone have a solution for the many 90 percent high-efficiency furnaces that had frozen condensation lines during our deep freeze?

Recently, a Last Word commenter recommended a person who provides in-home foot care. If that caller reads this, please telephone 645-4028. We have a need for such service. Thank you.

Free to you

I have a baby crib in very good condition. It is a drop side, so I don’t think anyone is allowed to use it for a baby, but perhaps a theater group or business or if there’s any organization that could use a crib, please let me know. Put your information in the Last Word. I’d hate for it to go to a landfill. Thanks.

Thank you

Many thanks to the gentleman who picked me off the sidewalk at the shops by Food Lion on Route 5. It's great to live in Williamsburg.

Toss us a bone

I picked up my Virginia Gazette out of the driveway last week, and I had to chuckle. It said, “Winter’s first blast.” I wish the Gazette could have made us feel a little bit better by saying, “Winter’s first and last blast.” I know you can’t predict the future like that, but it just would have been so nice even if you had just said, “First and hopefully last blast.” Give us something to hold onto. Anyway, thanks for the Last Word.

Climate change

If there is so much climate change and/or global warming, why haven’t our growing zones changed? Virginia is still 7 and has not gone to Zone 8. And why is it, whenever the weather does record highs or record lows, it’s usually always back 100 years since we had temperatures this high or this cold. You know, it’s just all cyclical. And someone even mentioned once that we should eat meat because it would help with the climate. Animals would still exist, so it has to be more animals, which might be a larger problem. We once were going to have an ice age, and then we were going to burn. This has all been within 65 years of my life. So, I think we need not make a lot of it, other than let’s not pollute the world.

A sorry turn

A number of years ago we were a God-loving country. I remember people wearing bracelets with the initials WWJD, "What Would Jesus Do." People cared about each other. Now, in the Last Word, people commented that we should not help those that have no health insurance, don't provide federal funds to Californians who lost all in the fires. Sad what this country has come to. WWJD?

Writers’ group

I have been a member of a writers’ group for many years, but now my current writers’ group has closed, along with two other groups. We have been meeting at the Landing, and we’re well received there. Is there any local group that might want to add members from our three? We have been meeting twice a month in the morning or early afternoon and reading essays, haiku and memories that we have just written. Most of us are mature and on our third profession, so to speak. Leave us a contact in the Last Word. Thank you.

Shooting gallery

The Burg needs a shooting gallery. Developers should convert some of the vacant stores into a shooting gallery. Just go to Richmond and visit the Colonial Shooting Gallery on West Broad to see how viable a shooting gallery is.

Electoral votes

Each state has as many electoral votes as it has congressional representatives and senators combined. The total number of electoral votes is 538 (three for District of Columbia). Virginia has a total of 13 Electoral College votes and Wyoming has three. Sad how little Americans know about their own form of government. This was information in your seventh-grade civics class.

Bluebirds at home

Today is Jan. 5, and of course we are still in this wintry mess, but it is the second time this winter I have had bluebirds at my feeders. I just had four and couldn’t get to my camera quick enough. I thought bluebirds migrated. Maybe someone out there can explain this oddity to me. Thank you.

Road worries

In response to the comment on Airport Road: Airport Road runs from Richmond Road to Rochambeau. From Richmond Road, approximately three-quarters of a mile, the speed limit is 40 miles an hour. From there to Rochambeau — which passes Waller Mill Park — the speed limit is 50. You obviously have Mooretown Road confused with Airport Road. You should watch the signs, not your GPS.

Great play

Congratulations to Jamestown’s “Immersed” cast and crew for being one of two schools selected to represent Virginia in March at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. I was lucky enough to see the show, and it is outstanding. I encourage everyone to help support these kids’ endeavors to get to Alabama by attending the show fundraiser on Jan. 20. For more information, you can call 259-3644. Thank you.

Sam’s Club

Just read that Sam’s Club is abruptly closing more than 63 stores across America without having given the workers notice — as it raises its hiring wage at Walmart. Now can we get a COSTCO here in the Williamsburg area?

A reader was questioning when a Sam’s Club was coming in some of these empty buildings. I don’t think you’re going to see a Sam’s Club. It was just on the news they’re closing 63 Sam’s Clubs. The business models are changing, just like the grocery— Aldi’s and Lidl are changing the landscape. Plus Kohl’s is going to start leasing space to groceries and all that. So we are in changing times.

Paying taxes

To the person upset about paying the additional tax: I feel your pain. I purchased a vehicle in another state, paying full sales tax for that state. When I moved to Virginia, I had to pay the additional tax that I would have paid if I bought here. Doesn't seem fair at all.

Investments

A large financial management company has been managing my six-figure portfolio for more than 20 years. I am in my early 70s and in excellent health, so my wife and I will need this to support both of us for the next 20 years. The portfolio formula was set up on a very conservative basis. Mutual funds, large and small company stocks, bonds, foreign, long- and short-term debt, government, etc. It is about 50/50 between debt and stock/equity. All gains are reinvested. Over the past year, the DOW, Nasdaq and S&P has jumped. For this exercise, say the three are up roughly 20 percent. Well, my portfolio has only gone up 9 percent, or about one-half. This excludes withdrawals. No additions. Is this possible? My financial planner has not given me an explanation I understand.

Recommended

A big thank you to Jack Sheppard, master electrician, who solved a very pressing problem with our electrical system. Some wires had come loose in our breaker box, presenting a fire hazard, and he saved the day. We have called on Jack for electrical work many times for more than 20 years. He is a true professional: competent, helpful and always courteous as he explains how he will correct the problem. Thank you so much, Jack. You can reach him at 757-877-3575 or 757-696-3575.

Thank you to Kera and the UPS store on Quarterpath Road, Williamsburg. They shipped a package for me just before Christmas to an elderly cousin in New Jersey. The package was delivered on time and left, with my permission, on the porch. Unfortunately, the package was stolen. I immediately called Kera, who took action within minutes. She contacted UPS and the New Jersey UPS. UPS drivers who delivered in that area were asked to be vigilant in noticing any odd activity in the area. My cousin received phone calls from concerned UPS employees here and in New Jersey. This was not an expensive item and, although I sent my cousin another gift, the greatest gift to her was the caring phone calls. I was reimbursed for the stolen item but my goal in turning the problem over to Kera was to let UPS know. I had no idea it would be accomplished in minutes or that so many people wanted to help. I highly recommend using the UPS store.

Around the world

When I was a young man in the early 60s, my parents were in the State Department Diplomatic Corps and we traveled to many European capitals. On corners in many cities they sold pictures of America and President Kennedy, a real war hero, not a draft dodger, and business was brisk. You couldn’t help but feel proud. It was indeed the age of Camelot. Just returned from a three-month tour retracing those same cities and today they sell comb over dolls of Mr. Trump, which say lines spoken on the now infamous bus, and rolls of Trump toilet paper. Business was also brisk, with people laughing. It was so sad and disheartening. It will take us a generation to undo this travesty.

Up in Washington

It is not the GOP’s job in Congress to protect Trump, rather to protect this country from further espionage from Russia. Their failure to do so is treason.

I guess the commenter who called the congressional Democrats “obstructionists” over the previous year would call the behavior of John Boehner, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell over the entirety of the Obama administration “patriotic.”

For the person who’s sick of Donald Trump: Let me give you some figures. Black unemployment fell to 6.8 percent this December, the lowest ever recorded by the U.S. Labor Department since it began tracking the black unemployment rate in 1972. It’s good news. Also, hiring has been strong, especially in manufacturing, construction and health care. The economy added 2.1 million jobs for 2017. Job growth was expected by many to slow in 2017, but it didn’t.

I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that I would wish George W. Bush was still in the White House. The current president has changed my mind.

I'm getting sick of Trump referring to the investigations of his campaign and cover-up as "the single biggest witch hunt in history." Twenty-five people were executed or died in jail in the Salem witch trials.

A reader, responding to a comment about why Democrats opposed the tax bill, seems to forget Article I, Section 7, of the Constitution (which assigns tax matters to the House of Representatives) when he complains that, “Democrats for the last eight years have done nothing to address our tax issues.” Republicans have controlled the House since 2011, not Democrats. It is also hypocritical to call Democrats “nothing but obstructionist” after Republican stonewalling of most of Obama’s initiatives, including their year-long refusal even to consider the nomination of exceptionally well-qualified centrist Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.

Finally we have a president that other countries fear and not think he’s a wimp that can be bullied. The reason for the start of ISIS and North Korea having nuclear weapons was that they knew President Obama was incapable of being our Commander In Chief.

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