Last Word on workforce housing, Feb. 10

City taxes

Here we go again, as the Williamsburg City Council looks to raise taxes after its annual retreat. The city manager can’t offer a specific reason why he anticipates a reduction in revenues from the meal and room taxes. The mayor and council members keep looking for ways to increase our taxes rather than looking for budget reductions. When bills start to go up, a family starts to look for ways to reduce spending. The city and outlying counties need to be more creative in figuring out how to craft their budgets. Every department wants more money, but it is up to the leaders to say no. Residents need to tell council what they want or face higher taxes.

Workforce housing

Williamsburg and James City County really need some more lower-income apartments for people who work in the restaurants and motels and people that live on Social Security. They should try to check into the lower-income apartments instead of the high-cost apartments.

A good read

I think Joe Filko wrote an excellent piece on Americans who voted for Trump. Both sides of the aisle should read it.

Thank you, Joseph Filko, for your recent insightful and comprehensive commentary on the reasons Americans voted for candidate Trump. You quite accurately pointed out that for many, candidate Trump was not our first nor even our second choice in the primary. Fortunately, sometimes we do not get what we ask for, but rather get what we need. Unlike professional politicians, President Trump has kept promises he made to the American people; his agenda for 2018 as stated in his State of the Union address promises a robust, prosperous America and is worthy of bi-partisan support.

Air service

Is Allegiant Air coming to the Newport News airport? The Allegiant Air website has two references to Newport News. One reference has no further information, and the second is the usual format for scheduling a flight. Looking forward to additional information.

Opening day?

I’m curious if there are any updates on when Publix market is planning to open in the former space of Martin’s and Ukrops? Went by recently and lights were on, so they must have crews working diligently to bring the interior up to their standards. Thank you for any information you can share.

Will the Greek restaurant on Richmond Road ever be opening? It looks like it’s been ready to open for months and the other night the lights were on and two cars parked next to the door. Is it ever going to be open?

State of the Union

I had to laugh at the hypocrites claiming the Democratic response to Trump’s speech was embarrassing. I guess you forgot about the “You lie” outburst by a Republican member of Congress during one of Obama”s speeches. Lets be honest folks, this is a partisan pep rally that one side enjoys and the other hates. To say the Democrats did anything wrong is showing just how biased you are.

I laughed out loud reading, "I accepted Obama as the president. And, if I remember correctly, the Republicans treated him as such." The short-term memories of how deplorably President Obama was treated during his eight years in office is mystifying. Obama took the high road and didn't call out the disrespectful GOP, not even when South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson yelled "You lie" during his health care address to a joint session of Congress. That said, President Trump said a lot in the speech, none of which is backed up by his actions and tweets. Members of both parties have the American right to respond based on what they believe and believe in. Trump is fortunate he wasn't booed or worse.

So the Democrats are treasonous for not standing and applauding during Trump’s State of the Union speech, even disregarding any issue of veracity? What would you say about the members of one of the parties who did the same during a prior State of the Union speech? Treasonous also? What about the congressman who shouted “You lie” at the president during a previous speech? Should he be jailed and hung for treason? Or the senate minority leader, who declared he would never work with the opposition party or the president, and carried out that promise; treasonous? Impeachment? Each of those things occurred during the past nine years, and each were committed by the Republican Party or members of that party. When we start believing anyone who disagrees with the president is un-American or committing treason, we have thrown out the Constitution and we have become like North Korea, where not standing and applauding their leader means that person is imprisoned or shot. We need less of this kind of partisanship. Unless you prefer a dictatorship. If so, continue to shout down your opposition and make accusations of treason for exercising Constitutional rights. That will destroy our republic as surely as the sun rises.

Reading of the disgust of viewers of the recent speech complaining about Democrats not applauding demonstrates their selective interest in government. Having watched previous State of the Unions and been appalled at the lack of courtesy, willingness to acknowledge credit for widely approved and national benefiting actions by " the other side", I am more than disgusted by the "now I watch" people. Actually, they probably never really pay attention to the annual talks but parrot someone else's comments. Determined ignorance is appalling and dangerous to our country.

Tax cut bonus

Home Depot Company is giving a bonus to all workers based on the number of service years they have. My single-parent daughter will receive one of these bonuses and it will cover two car payments for her. To multi-millionaire Nancy Pelosi, it may be crumbs, but to my daughter it is a godsend.

Greeting cards

It is my hope that, just maybe, the planners and developers of the upcoming refurbished shopping center have been advised what is really needed in that area is a greeting card store. Like a new "Hallmark Card & Gift" shop — that would be wonderful. Many of us remember the greeting card store that was in that location before the terrible fire. Unfortunately, it was not replaced after the fire and has always been missed. I hope this idea will reach the folks making the decisions. Thank you.

Kimball Theater

The photo of the closed wide front of the Kimball in the recent paper says it all for why locals and visitors often had no clue what, if anything, was happening there. Closed doors, empty or out of date flyers say "no one pays attention, this is not a live business." Even now, events are, thankfully, scheduled in the Kimball. The performing groups would probably love and need the word to be out. Merchants Square can't afford blank fronts — let people know what they can enjoy seeing there and when. With little printed in newspapers and so many methods of communications available, no one really knows everything going on in the ’Burg, so please let the frontage tell.

Looking for …

In regard to the couple looking for someone to do yard work: I know a great guy named Herman Hatchett here in Williamsburg who would love to help them out. You can reach him at 757-903-8890. Thank you.

To the person who needed pruning and yard work: I would strongly recommend Steven San Miguel of Major League Landscaping. He has done numerous jobs for me: pruning, planting, weeding and putting in a new border. He shows up when he says he will, is hard-working and has excellent attention to detail. His prices are reasonable and he is strong and willing to help. His phone is 757-775-0159.

If you sent your special man’s coat to the dry cleaners and they lost it, please call me at 757-879-5855 so I can get it back home. This coat was mixed in with my dry cleaning last year.

To person looking for yard work reference: Rob’s Ground Care is wonderful. He returns calls, shows up on time, is very meticulous in his work and offers very reasonable prices. Call 757-871-6125 or visit robsgroundcarellc.com.

I'm looking for a recommendation to have two chairs upholstered. Can someone recommend a reasonable place that does a nice job? Thanks.

In reply to the commenter who was looking for someone to do pruning and mulching: Custom Gardens would like to recommend their services. Please call Jon Herlong, 757-354-6527, who is at 337 Redoubt Road, Yorktown. Thank you.

To the writer looking for an Aveda-trained hair stylist: Call Kathy Zolcinski with Virtues Studio at 757-345-5900. She does an amazing job and is an amazing person.

If anyone picked up a set of Suburu keys at the Colonial Heritage Fitness Center, please give them to the yoga teacher.

Can anyone tell me where I can find out about the Heads Up Program in James City County? Its purpose is to give paramedics information about one’s medical history and how they can get into my house if I am unable to get to the door. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

In reference to the caller who asked for a dentist who makes fixed dentures: I recommend Dr. Michael Coleman. He’s located at 5033 B George Washington Memorial Highway in Yorktown. His number is 757-874-4700. I think he would be most happy and pleased with him. Thank you.

Happy thought

There are so many negative comments, I thought I would make a positive one: The water tastes much better in this cold weather. I guess they have to use less chemicals, but it tastes like water from my home. It’s very good, so I didn’t buy bottled water the last two weeks. Thank you very much.

Potholes

Yeah, there are too many potholes on Route 60 in the Grove area. When are they fixing them?

Minimum wage

There was an article in the paper about how restaurant wait staff may be getting better pay. I think the bussers need to get minimum wage, too, because between hourly pay and tips during the winter months, a lot of bussers don't even make minimum wage and most places in the Williamsburg area don't have any benefits.

Movie club

So there is a way to show DVD movies in a "movie club" per the informative item in Last Word. Good and helpful — aren’t there "get up and go" people in town who'd accept the challenge of creating a movie club with the Kimball-WM as a meanwhile? The city needs to build numbers going to and enjoying Merchants Square-area businesses. Keeping a movie club there is a good part of the equation.

Recommended

I just wanted to say that I am new to the area, and I stopped in Mel’s Beauty & Barber on Richmond Road and got a perm. I called for an appointment — I was given Janet. And, I have to say, it was the best perm I have ever had. My hair feels wonderful. She told me that she did add a special conditioner to it and it is fabulous. All the girls were friendly and professional, and it is great to be in an atmosphere where everyone gets along. The number is 757-220-1066. Ask for Janet.

American Pride auto repair of Toano really lives up to its name!

A shout out to Conscientious Carpet Care. They have cleaned our carpets and our hardwood floors. They are professional, courteous, thorough and careful. We cannot say enough about their services. Call 757-564-0201.

A workaround

You do not need to purchase an RFID wallet to protect your credit card information. Just slip aluminum foil right behind your credit cards, where you have an area you could stick notes or dollars bills or whatever, in on the outer edges of your wallet, underneath, you just slip in aluminum foil and no one can read your cards. And it does not hurt your cards. It’s a genius idea, especially if you have a wallet that you like.

Secure borders

On determining support for the “wall" question, the wording matters. The Harvard-Harris poll didn't find that eight in 10 Americans want to "close down the borders." Rather, it asked Americans, "Do you think we should have basically open borders or do you think we need secure borders?" Given the choice between "open borders" — a position that no mainstream political leaders are proposing and a "secure border," which is current U.S. policy — 79 percent of Americans agreed that the U.S. needs secure borders. That is very different than saying they want a wall. Secure borders could also mean going after people who fly into the country and overstay their visas, considered by many the biggest source of illegal persons in the U.S.

Allergies

I would to like to raise awareness on a common problem that many people are still unaware of. Allergies to latex are on the rise, and one challenge that my family deals with is many of the locally owned restaurants use latex gloves for food handling. The powder from the gloves can transfer to proteins from the latex that cause allergic reactions, and these can be life threatening. I would like to encourage all restaurants to switch to vinyl or nitro gloves which are safe and also less costly than the latex. Most hospitals and doctors are now latex free due to the creeping number of allergies caused by the latex. It would be wonderful if our local restaurants would follow suit.

Where you live

The recent "Where you live" comment declared it is not fair the “overpopulated” Northern Virginia and Richmond area of the state “dictate” the results of elections. Last time I checked, the democratic principle of one-person one-vote is based on the population of qualified voters, so “overpopulated” areas are contributing to election results just as is intended. I must say, I am dismayed at the lack of knowledge of American civics shown.

Help seeing

To the person writing in about a visually impaired friend: I suggest you or your friend contact Dr. Brent Segeleon, a Williamsburg low-vision specialist, at 757-903-2633. They can also contact Chato Carter of the Visually Impaired Support Group at 571-338-7006. There are a multitude of devices to help the visually impaired. The National Federation of the Blind, which also helps the visually impaired, can be reached by calling Dal at 757-259-6878.

Up in Washington

Donald Trump’s strategy each day of his presidential campaign focused on key issues – immigration, border walls, jobs, Make American Great Again, healthcare, law and order, respect for every individual. He identified his positions and never wavered. He was not hesitant nor apologetic in his support to preserve and protect America — its freedom, its independence and our God-given rights. He called out the “elites” for their condescending and superior attitudes. No other presidential candidate talked in those terms — stood up to represent America and regular, hard-working, “forgotten” Americans. Voting for Trump was an easy decision. No hesitation. No regrets.

Fuji film is taking their tax cut and absorbing Xerox and laying of 10,000 people. Thanks Trump.

How can evangelical ministers support Donald Trump? He lies constantly. He exhibits racist tendencies. He has refused to pay contractors for their services. He admitted groping women. He paid off a porn star to "keep quiet." Some pastor said he deserves to be forgiven — yes, if there is repentance, but there hasn't been — he never admits he is wrong. How can these so called “mouthpieces for God” get in the pulpit each Sunday and share God's word?

The Senate voted 95 to five to increase sanctions on Russia. Trump says he will not abide by this law because Russia learned their lesson. Lock him up.

Did Trump put a 30 percent tariff on the clothes and jewelry he and Ivanka have made in China, etc.? Of course not. He put one on solar panels, which will add $1,000 to the cost of a residential installation and cost 20,000 installers their jobs.

Who knew that Trump has such a riotous sense of humor? I got quite a laugh from his tweet attributing the Women’s March to their gratitude for all the good things his reign has done for them.

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