Last Word is seeking information, April 11

Affordable housing

Local governments have determined that affordable housing does not generate enough real estate taxes to make it profitable for the government. Local governments and business people ignore that the people who need affordable housing are the people that keep the retail and hospitality industries going and are the ones who generate profits and tax revenue.

Sales tax increase

Jim Icenhour’s Letter to the Editor in The Gazette last week is quite good. However, he missed one point: After a 2020 sunset on the tax law, any renewal of the law should be by popular vote from the three municipalities that are subject to it. That way, it would be taxation with representation, not a George II type tax that it is right now.

Looking for …

To the person looking for a hair stylist to work with fine and thinning hair: I recommend LaVerne or Karen at Shear Creations in McLaws Circle, Suite 140, Williamsburg. They can be reached at 229-3200.

This is in response to the couple looking for reasonable cellular service. They should call Consumer Cellular. It’s as low as $15 a month. They have many, many different prices and no contract. Their telephone number is 888-345-5510 or they are also represented in Target. Thank you.

The person looking for a hairdresser who can deal with thin and fine hair: I recommend Teresa at Salon 109, 1781 Jamestown Road. Phone number 229-0236. She has done my hair for many years and she’s very good at it. Thank you.

Inexpensive cellphones: Get two old-style flip phones from Verizon. Each 12-month contract is $100, against which your calls are charged. Use for travel and emergency only, and rely on the land line when at home. P.S. Don’t give out your cell numbers or the cellphones will own you.

I just wanted everyone in the community to know that I finally found Rose, who used to work for Dr. Burden & Associates. She now works for Williamsburg Dental Group, Dr. Butler and Dr. Hornsby. I know a lot of people have been looking for her, and we are so excited that we just found her. We have been patients of hers for many years and she is just the best.

If you’re looking for Leanna McKeoun who used to work at Duke’s, she is now at Colonial Barber & Beauty on Monticello Avenue. Give her a call at 757-220-8039 or just walk in. She is welcoming all her clients to come see her at her new shop.

For the person looking for a reasonable cellphone: I have researched every cellphone/prepaid cellphone in the market and I have had Tracfone for years. And the reason I like them is because you can buy the exact amount of minutes you want, anywhere from 60 minutes up to 12 months, and then whatever minutes you buy will double. Your phone display tells you how many minutes you have left and how much time you have left. And, as I said, I’ve had them for years and I find them to be the cheapest and the most economical in the market.

Does anyone know of a location that offers free air to fill your car tires? I know the days of gas stations cleaning your windshield and filling your tires are over. The last gas station I checked to get air had a pump that charged $1.50. Hopefully there is still a free air pump in the Williamsburg area.

Does anyone know if there is a listing of people in Williamsburg who rent their mother-in-law suite or walk-out basement apartment? Not sure how to locate availability. If so, please email apray7729@gmail.com.

Looking for a recommendation for a podiatrist who is known for removing ingrown toenails.

To the person looking for a salon that deals with fine and thin hair: My recommendation would be Mel’s Beauty & Barbering. Their number is 757-220-1066. Ask for Dee.

Practical advice

I notice a lot of blowing trash on pickup days from overfilled trash containers. Suggestion: Fasten the top of these bins to the bin with a sturdy length of duct tape.

Hurtful attire

As a proud Vietnam veteran, I am insulted when I see someone wearing a Vietnam campaign hat who didn’t go to Vietnam. There’s a gentleman who works at a local store who walks around every day with his Vietnam campaign hat. This man did not go to Vietnam, so why is he wearing the hat? Does he have any conscience at all of the sacrifice that we made in Vietnam? Thank you.

Generations

To the ungrateful commenter saying that old people cannot understand the reality of the world of today’s youth: Well, here’s a reality check. Who do you think protected our way of life for today’s youth? The parents of today’s youth don’t appreciate the sacrifices of the older generation. Instead, they instill liberalism in their children that makes them weak.

Graduations

How about the push nowadays to integrate groups — races, genders — to get everything integrated, everybody get along. I read in the paper that the College of William and Mary is going to host a Lavender Graduation. What I want to know is, when is the white graduation, the black graduation, the brown graduation, the male graduation, the female graduation? Seems like they’re just trying to segregate everything. Thank you.

I’m reading about this Lavender Graduation. I would just like to know, what in the heck does your sexual orientation have to do with accomplishments? Who cares what your sexual orientation is? You are judged, hopefully, by your brain. This just seems to me to be so farfetched, so ridiculous. You know who’s around, looking and wondering: Are they LGBTQ? You know. Are they smart? Are LGBTQ people smart? Are they dumb? Come on! This is absolutely ridiculous. Show your merit by your brain.

School shootings, guns

Very interesting descriptions of those younger than 21-year-old in recent a Last Word: “undeveloped frontal brain lobes,” “lack of maturity crucial to good judgment” and “immature, easily-influenced,”… And the country and states allow them to vote?

A writer made a case that judging maturity does not occur until a person is in their mid-20s and as a consequence was incapable of handling the responsibility of gun ownership. American society takes exception to that idea. We allow people as young as 17 to join our military with parental consent, 18 without consent. More than 80 percent of our states have a legal age of consent younger than the age of 18, and the remaining 20 percent are at 18. States allow their citizens to vote at the age of 18, and all have a legal age requirement of 21 to consume alcohol. Every state allows a person to drive with a learner's permit, many starting at age 14, restricted license at 16 and, depending on the state, a full license at 16, 17 or 18. Our society has determined that we can trust our young men and women with these responsibilities and that judgment has proven correct for the overwhelming majority. Mass punishments for the sins of the very few is the true sign of immaturity and irresponsibility.

While I agree with the commenter saying bartenders should be held liable if they serve more drinks to a person who is obviously already drunk, making gun store owners liable makes no sense at all. Gun store owner’s liability ends with their responsibility to perform the required background check. How about the car salesman who sells a car to a person who then gets drunk and kills someone while driving? Should he be held liable?

I am disappointed you printed the Last Word from someone who claimed, regarding the lack of protests when gun victims are people of color in Chicago and then went on to blame Democrats. A quick search listed articles of actual protests against street violence in Chicago. The facts: November 2015 CBS, May 2016 Progress Illinois, April 2016 Washington Post, June 2016 WGN/NPR, December 2016 NBC/ABC7, January 2017 CBS and March 2018's protest against Chicago violence. Why would someone out and out lie? To prove their narrative? Or because the right-wing media they avail themselves of failed to cover the story? They weren't a little wrong, they were absolutely wrong.

News flash: The U.S. Supreme Court has never overturned a law because it violates the Declaration of Independence.

The writer that suggested a class action suit against firearm manufacturers is absurd — this has been tried and has failed at every level of our court system. You might make a case against an individual gun dealer who sold the weapon without doing the background check. People are responsible for their own actions and the consequences of those actions — this used to be an American standard of maturity and adulthood that seems to have been lost in our new "no fault" society. Time for people to take responsibility rather than trying to blame an inanimate object.

I think it’s interesting that when most people talk about gun control, they never talk about the person using the gun. It’s always an inanimate object that is at fault. Three generations ago, four generations ago, you were an adult as you came out of high school, and you were expected to be responsible. You even got married out of high school and started a family. Today, at 35, they’re still children. They still live in the basement — 26, stay on your parents’ insurance. We actually have made our children stay children way too long and we are not making them responsible adults. This is part of the problem, the parenting and the expectation from the country, from society. It’s time to have our children grow up.

Eight hundred thousand plus protest marchers versus 5 million National Rifle Association members. Who do you think is going to have the most influence in D.C.? Actually, if the NRA bashers would check the NRA’s website and programs, they would find out that the NRA does more to train gun safety and police than any organization in this country, maybe worldwide.

Buyer beware

I purchased a brand new truck from a local dealership. I had no idea it was in a major flood in Kentucky. I fought with the dealership and they were no help. My insurance company said the dealerships try to hide this flood damage, but after I had the vehicle for two weeks, it showed signs of corrosion and rust under the vehicle. Dealerships that do this should be fined. If you go out and buy a vehicle, do your homework. Thank you.

‘Retired in Williamsburg’

The March 31, “Retired in Williamsburg,” is right on the mark. Since the radical change beginning in 1979, the Gallup census reveals a drop in membership from about 3 million to about 1 million. As we who fled say, “We didn’t leave the church, the church left us.” We believe that certain fundamental changes of belief (not just of words) invalidate the integrity of the church descended from the Apostles. What a shame. The Mother Church in England is going through the same downfall for the same reasons. May they rest in peace.

I was told long ago there two things you never speak badly of to a man: his mother and his religion. I’m glad Siegel didn’t know my sainted mother.

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Road worries

What is it with the city of Williamsburg or is it VDOT? In the westbound lane of Route 199 just before the intersection of Jamestown Road, a storm drain has sunk a few inches below the road level. Four years ago, two orange safety cones were placed there to warn motorists of the situation. Nothing has happened. Are repairs forthcoming? Also, several months have elapsed since an RV ran up on the sidewalk at this same intersection near the corner, tipped over and demolished the safety fence for the sidewalk. What about repairs here? Finally, on the eastbound lane of Route 199, just east of the Jamestown Road intersection, two sections of the decorative metal fence have fallen prey to motor vehicles or vandals. Any plans to replace these?

Up in Washington

The president has taught his followers well. If you are unable to communicate your positive feelings about your beliefs, or answer a question intelligently, resort to insults. See Trump. Fox broadcasters, Ted Nugent and all the defensive right wingers.

Trump put tariffs on Chinese goods. China responded by putting tariffs on American goods. Trump responded by whining that China's move wasn't fair. What did he expect China to do? Simply sit and drink tea?

Why not give the pouty little boy his border wall and let him face the consequences that arise. Oh wait! If something negative happens, he will only blame the Democrats, Hillary, Obama or all the presidents that came before him, and not necessarily in that order.

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