Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

Sales tax increase

I don’t appreciate the sneaky way this tax hike is being motored through to support tourism and another-named slush fund. Please list the names and phone numbers of who we can call in Richmond for York, James City and Williamsburg to let our voices be heard. Thank you. Editor’s note: 93rd District: Mike Mullin,, 804-698-1093; 96th District: Brenda Pogge,, 804-698-1096; Monty Mason,, 804-698-7501; First Senate District, Tommy Norment, Third Senate District,, 804-698-7503.

Google "Board of Supervisors 23188" to get the phone number and email address for your representative (Icenhour, Hipple, McGlennon, Sadler and Larson). Please let them know that you do not support the proposed additional 1 percent sales tax to fund a vague marketing campaign for Colonial Williamsburg. A few minutes today will save you hundreds of dollars in the coming years.

I don’t understand why there is no outcry concerning the proposed increase in sales tax proposed by Sen. Thomas Norment. It is interesting that Norment was supported by politicians whose constituents are not affected by the proposed increase in tax. When is Norment, who benefits financially in many ways using his office, going to be rebuffed by voters?

Let's call the local tax increase proposed by Sen. Norment what it really is: A bail out for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Republicans were the party that railed on such actions in the past. I also thought they were the party that believed tax cuts solved all of our problems.

Grove grocery

For 30 years, Mr. Hall owned and ran Windy Hill Market in Grove. He made a point to address that need by providing fresh vegetables — everything you could imagine — grown by his family at a very reasonable, fair price. He also went to other farmers markets to buy things such as melons, apples, bananas, etc. Meats were harder to come by for lower prices, but he did his best when he could. Unfortunately for a small business owner, he endured theft, loitering and vandalism that ultimately prevented him from continuing his business, which was a huge loss to that community. So, in my opinion, a regular pop up or local gardens seem to be a much better choice.

School shootings

Guns for teachers? Teachers are educators, not police officers, not security guards and clearly not a substitute for a SWAT team. Guns for teachers? Shooting skills and “target discrimination” skills (who to shoot and more importantly, who not to shoot) are perishable and need to be practiced on a regular basis. Guns for teachers? There is no money for pencils. Guns for teachers? There is no money for field trips. Guns for teachers? There is no money to repair broken school equipment. Let the federal government free up educational funds for metal detectors, better CCTV, security guards or more police officers near schools, automatic classroom door locks and “active shooter training” for teachers to allow them to shelter students. Guns for teachers? An idea whose time has not yet come.

We were surprised and happy as to how fast President Trump and his administration were able to convene a meeting of some students, parents and officials from the Parkland school to the White House. We were also glad that Trump invited parents from the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings. Let’s see what actions will come out of this terrible shooting incident.

I grew up during the Cold War. I remember the Soviet Union branded dissenters as mentally ill and committed them to mental institutions. Politicians continue to blame gun violence on mental illness, allowing the incarceration of those with mental health issues while allowing the sale of semiautomatic weapons that are designed to kill many people. You do not need semiautomatic weapons to protect yourself from government, immigrants, women who may accuse you of harassment, or from races other than your own.

Seems to me there is ample blame to go around: The school: Too big for a single police officer. No locked doors. Did they tell the police they had expelled this student for disciplinary reasons? The police: Didn't they think something was wrong after 39 visits? Did they try to get him a shrink after his parents died? If the school informed them after he was expelled, did they tell the FBI or ATF? The family: Did you try to get this guy some help after 39 police visits? Why would you allow him to bring guns into your house? The FBI: Enough said about their incompetence. The state and Congress: They make the laws. Why does anyone younger than 21 need a gun?

After careful consideration, Trump has come up with a solution to the recent gun debate. He wants to arm the teachers and permit concealed weapons in the nation’s schools. Unfortunately, Archie Bunker came up with a strikingly similar solution for airline hijackings many years ago. He proposed to arm the crew and passengers. Google “Archie Bunker Gun Control” for a snapshot of the president’s strategic plan to protect our children.

Way to go WRL!

Congratulations to the Williamsburg Regional Library for making it to the top two for the ELGL Best Library in the Nation award. This is the last week for voting and it would be such an honor for our wonderful library to receive. Visit for the link to vote and support our local library.

Looking for …

Looking for a hair salon in this area that uses Tressa products, specifically Zone Control perms. Thank you.

Looking for a reclaim facility to buy vintage copper boilers. Respond to the Last Word.

I’m calling for the person that’s looking for someone to do pillows for a porch. Please call Kirslyn Upholstery at 757-345-1929. Thank you.

The email to Marsha at to inquire about the Williamsburg Euchre group is incorrect. I’m interested 870-3992.

Does anyone know where they have yin yoga classes?

Offshore drilling

The drilling that’s proposed by the Federal Government is not in Virginia waters. It is in federal waters. So it is nice that they’re considering people’s opinions. But it’s federal waters. Does not belong to the state of Virginia.

Global perspective

I recommend that everyone who consumes news online visit The Brits have a different, more global perspective on international news and much more experience than we do in globalization. They often have a more clear-headed analysis of what’s going on in the US. Different points of view help us improve.

Buying stock

In response to the person who said I should work hard so I, too, can buy stocks: I do work hard and plan to wait until Trump is impeached or indicted and I can buy stocks for 30 percent less than they are now.

Disappointing Games

With the Olympics, is it just me or does anyone else feel the coverage of curling on the television has been rammed down our throats? The amount of coverage was not proportionate to the other sports. I am very disappointed.

Many thanks

Today I was dismayed and surprised when I found out I’d lost the key to my bank drawer. Fortunately, some really very nice gentleman found it turned it in at the bank, but nobody knows who it was. All they could say was he was a senior and tall and very thin, and the girls said he was extremely good looking. So, whether that’s true or not, I am forever indebted to his integrity and thoughtfulness to take the time to turn it into the bank and hopefully, someday I’ll be able to shake his hand. So thanks again for being such a kind, thoughtful person.

Political cartoons

I note all of the anti-Fred Siegel (“Retired in Williamsburg”) diatribes complaining of those mild political cartoons, while I never see criticism of the over-the-top anti-Trump and anti-Republican colored political cartoons that appear each week with Fred’s. I guess it just goes to show that we conservatives and Trump supporters have tougher skins than all of those anti-Siegel commenters.


Thank you, Dr. Sparkman and Noah's Ark staff, for the best surgery, treatment and care for my Sheltie. You will always be the best in our book.

Up in Washington

Trump's approval rating among 18- to 34-year-olds has dropped to 22 percent. He is putting a death nail in the coffin of the GOP for 20 years.

Big business, labor unions, professional lobbyists and not voters will be the focus of incumbents. Incumbents spend more time in the district than in D.C. Taxpayers fund incumbents to be on recess raising more money. Ask them what they have done for the voters? Time for a change.

At his inauguration in January 2017, Donald Trump swore to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." If in response to the recent indictments of 13 Russians and three Russian companies, Trump doesn't instruct the cyber defense agents to aggressively defend America from future Russian attacks, he will be in violation of his oath and therefore subject to impeachment.

Our president said he wanted to shut it down, shut it down, shut it down. He’s talking about the country when he and Congress don’t see eye to eye on this budget. And he wants to have a parade of the military, which is going to cost at least $30 million. Tell me, what are we doing? Congress is sitting up there on cushions — they’ve got it made. And the president has the audacity to say, “Shut it down, shut it down, shut it down” and put on a $30 million military parade. I just don’t understand.

The federal government is embarrassing. Our constitutional system itself is essentially OK. It is the people we have failing their constitutional responsibilities who are not. With the lesser of two evils in the White House; 535 representatives and senators whose biggest interest is getting reelected; two major political parties who do not care what is best for the US; and judges/justices who try to make law rather than interpret it, to call Washington a swamp is a huge understatement. Americans are sorrowfully represented in Washington.

Shame on the legislative, the executive and the judicial. Term limits for all branches would be a good first step.

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