Last Word on higher sales tax, March 14

Sales tax increase

It looks as though the new Tourism Council under the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance will have nine voting members to direct our new collected tax revenue. Three members will be elected officials and the other six, otherwise known as the controlling votes, will be from the private sector. What a novel thought. What could possibly go wrong?

I, too, am annoyed at a sales tax that was passed without adequate input from the affected citizens. I just emailed Gov. Northam requesting that he veto bill SB942, the “Tommy tax.” I selected “Virginia Resident” as my affiliation. Go to

There are several things that come to mind when discussing the “Tommy tax.” First, the residents of JCC and York will be getting a tax increases imposed by the City Council of Williamsburg, clearly, taxation without representation. The next bewildering issues, where is the local Republican Party in all this mess? They were out in force three years ago, they brought along Roger and Brenda Pogge with their Family Foundation and Americans for Prosperity friends to protest the tax increase. They handed out T-Shirts, had airplanes flying overhead on Election Day, sent out mailers, had billboards and signs printed and wrote untold editorials and last word comments to the Gazette. Why the silence now? The silence on this issue is deafening.

I’m responding to a local taxation without representation. Delegates from other districts voted to tax the Triangle area but not themselves. Our members of the House of Delegates voted no. Go to local stores, buy local — ridiculous. That means clothing and other essentials will be taxed against the will of the people. College of William and Mary Law School, there must be a precedent for this taxation without representation. This is more egregious than the airport scandal. Thank you, Virginia Gazette and Daily Press, for bringing this to our attention.

Sen. Norment’s sales tax scheme will give our area the unique distinction of having the highest sales tax in the state of Virginia in order to do away with the Tourism Development Fund taxes. Transparency builds trust, and unfortunately the surfacing of this solution during a closed door planning retreat did not allow citizen input. Quite frankly, his “solution” smacks of a conflict of interest for Sen. Norment, who is also a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. We’d also like to recognize and give kudos to Dels. Brenda Pogge and Mike Mullen for opposing SB 492 Sales Tax and Use Tax in the Historic Triangle, as well as a shout out to Jim Icenhour and Sue Sadler, who have expressed their opposition to this bill.

911 outsourcing

This is a very dangerous move for James City. I am in no way supportive of this decision at all. On Tuesday, I had to call York County dispatch and was greeted with an Isle of Wright dispatcher saying, “How can I help you?” I almost hung up because I thought I had misdialed. After much delay, I was finally given a York County dispatcher. This is a major concern and is extremely dangerous. This is such a delay and would cause many citizens to hang up. This merger does not need to happen. James City dispatchers need to stay where they are.

School shootings, guns

Once again, hysteria and insanity have placed the blame for mass casualty shootings at the feet of the weapon rather than the perpetrator. Does this somehow ease the conscience to blame an inanimate object rather than the root causes of why this person executed this event? As long as you blame the weapon used, then it’s a free pass for the failures of the parents of children that perpetrate these crimes. Once you hold parents accountable for the criminal activities of their children, then and only then will you see parents act responsibly and their children become worthwhile members of American society.

Instead of spending money to train teachers to use firearms and giving bonuses to those who carry them, use that money to secure the schools. The shooter in Parkland, Fla., should never have made his way into the school. He should have been met by a locked door and given entry only after identifying himself and stating the purpose of his visit to office staff. Most of the schools I have visited in W-JCC have this system. The doors are only unlocked when students arrive in the morning and when they leave in the afternoon.

Watching the anti-2nd Amendment people and the gun grabbers asking for a clearly unconstitutional confiscation of legally owned guns based on propaganda and outright lies is amazing. Even more amazing is they completely ignore that had the Broward County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI done their jobs and enforced the existing gun laws, the Parkland shooting would not have occurred. Yet supposedly more gun laws will work (mainly confiscation); that takes an amazing lack of critical thinking to come up with that.

Future Republicans

The previous commenter need not be concerned about the Republican Party because of a recent poll of those between the ages 18-32. Amazing how many of those folks will become Republicans once they get jobs, start paying taxes and become contributing members of American society. Republicans make up the vast majority of those of us that actually do pay federal personal income tax. After all, not everyone can be on welfare, no matter what Liberals/Democrats think.


I want to recommend this great preschool in Chesapeake for anyone who is relocating to the southside. Grace Lutheran Day School is a wonderful preschool that teaches Spanish, STEM and has terrific teachers, too.

I am blessed with great hair. Stylist "Crystal" takes care to make sure I look marvelous. She just opened her own studio at 4039 Ironbound Road (757-813-5154) and I would follow her to Timbuktu to get a "do."

I feel fortunate to have found this yoga therapist (her phone number is 202-258-4373) after trying many others. My husband (78 years old) and I (69) absolutely love the positive energy her calm presence generates in our house during the hour-long therapy sessions. She adapts the movements to suit our capabilities and is extremely gentle, yet thorough. I have now realized the true healing powers of yoga/meditation and feel super awesome after every session.

John Mack Upholstery has been making cushions for clients in Williamsburg for 20 years. Call 253-1952.

Thank you

Our most heartfelt thanks to our vet, Dr. Randall Dunsmore, for his compassionate care and help with our beloved labrador, who recently passed away. Dr. Dunsmore is genuinely dedicated to the care of his pet clients and their families. For years, he took excellent care of our lab and went above and beyond to always ensure the best for our dog. We wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Randall Dunsmore and Middle Plantation Animal Hospital.

This is a thank you to the angel who picked up my three trash cans that the wind blew over. That was very thoughtful of you and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

W&M president

Karla Bruno has done it again. She’s achieved another criticism that is too wordy and goes to great lengths to prove her point but doesn’t prove it. William and Mary’s new president is a fine choice. Thank you.

One wonders if Karla Bruno were writing for the Gazette when William and Mary first began to admit women in 1918, would she have panned the forthcoming "diversity" and predicted the college's imminent downfall? Perhaps she would like the college to change the name to simply "William" because "Mary" surely had no royal experience for the "big asks" (neither did William).

Looking for …

Is there an organized group in the Williamsburg area participating in the March 24 March on Washington? If so, could you please list information about arrangements in the Last Word for the benefit of others who wish to join you? Thanks.

In response to a recent item: Our organization makes small afghans/throws, among many other items. We donate them to CHKD, Hampton Sentara Hospice Center, Wounded Warriors and sometimes to the Hampton VA Hospital. I do not have contact names or numbers, but if you call the main number of these establishments, I am sure they can connect you to the right person. Thank you for your willingness to crochet items to donate to those in need.

For the person looking for home care, you can check on We were able to find a person that was reasonably priced, very friendly and accommodating. Hopefully you will be successful in your search.

Free to you

More than 30 smooth jazz CDs, frisco style. Reply to Last Word.

Many sized knitting needles, pattern books and accessories. Please call 220-3874 between 4-6 p.m.

To donate: Hospital bed, excellent condition with up and down controls. Also available if desired, inner spring and small mattress. Need a truck to pick up. Call 757-220-2278 or cell 757-784-6241. Located in Colonial Heritage.

Postal service

Why is my mail carrier refusing to deliver packages to my shop during the day when we are open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.? An "attempted" delivery was made at 3:20 p.m. on a Tuesday. We were open! We're trying to run a business. Do your job. This is unacceptable.

Scam alert

Just a heads up: the Dominion Power scam is going around again. Someone calls and tells you that your power bill is in arrears and they are coming within the next hour to cut off your service if you do not pay.

New scam I received this morning. A girl pretending to be my granddaughter called and said that she was in Miami, Fla. She’d had one drink and she got in a car accident in a rental car and she needed money. Beware! This is new.

Buying stock

In response to the person who said they will wait until Trump is impeached or indicted and buy stocks at a 30 percent discount: If you had bought stocks when Trump was elected, you’d be up 35-40 percent. Instead, you listened to fake news channels. They all predicted doom and gloom.

Not sure I understand the writer’s “buying stocks” thought process. The price of stock is equated to the value of the company. So if you buy stock that is 30 percnet less, it means the company is 30 percent less. That’s my way of understanding stocks and so, best of luck to that person.

To the commenter stating that he’s waiting for President Trump to be impeached before he starts buying stock: I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting. Meanwhile, those who were smart enough to have been buying stock are now reaping the benefits of the Trump presidency.

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