Last Word on finding the farmers market, April 14

Farmers market

Regarding the location of the Toano Farmers Market: It is at the corner of Richmond Road and Forge Road, across Forge Road from the Toano Fire Station.

Sales tax increase

Thank you, Del. Pogge, for forwarding to Gov. Northam the compilation of letters regarding the "Tommy tax," which were published in either the Last Word or The Virginia Gazette Letters to the Editor. Whenever I read letters written by Gazette readers — Gov. Northam's constituents — expressing their opposition to this tax, I always hope they've sent a copy to Northam as well. He's the one who should be hearing how strongly the people in the affected areas feel. Thanks, too, to Michael Grimes for his well-written position on the regressive tax. I hope you sent a copy to our governor.

Why do commenters on the sales tax increase keep bringing up that the money should go to affordable housing? It’s not the responsibility of government to provide affordable housing; you buy the house you can afford. Of course, someone will write what will happen to all those minimum-wage workers who serve us if they can’t afford to live here. Well, how about those who stand on the road begging for money, claiming they want to work?

I have been opposed to the additional 1 percent sales tax for the Historic Triangle since it was first proposed, for all of the many reasons other residents have expressed on these pages each week. Now, however, after receiving a bill from Virginia Natural Gas, which is literally more than double my last budget billing, I don't understand how James City County supervisors can, in good conscience, approve this additional sales tax. How much more of a financial burden are residents of this area supposed to tolerate? The offer to reduce property taxes by 2 cents per $100 is not sufficient to cover the additional sales tax, and it is completely unfair to renters in our area. Where is their compensation?

Well done!

The photograph in the sports section last week of two soccer players was incredible. Perfect lighting, incredible catch. Aileen Devlin is a fantastic photographer.

If you saw the amazing acrobatic dance company Aura Curiatlas at the Kimball, you know you've seen something really special, unique — intricate stories told through acrobatic dance by such expressive dancer actors. Members come from Virginia and as far away as Chicago to design, rehearse and perform. Thank you to the members of this superb company.

Looking for …

If anyone in the Peninsula area plays golf with hickory-shafted golf clubs, I would be interested in trying to get a small group together to play occasionally. We have some golf courses in this area that are just right for hickory golf. Call 757-597-6310.

To the person asking for a hair stylist to cut thin hair: Please call Linda Marie at 757-784-0066. She has been cutting my thin hair for more than 10 years and is wonderful. She has a beautiful studio and is a lovely person.

A few years ago, a Williamsburg garden club sold bluebird houses made from Trex. I would like the name of the club and a contact number.

For the individual seeking someone to do lawn and fence repair work: Contact Brandon Corey at Corey Landscaping, 757-869-0966, for an estimate. Brandon is honest, meticulous and competitive in prices. Keep soaring high. Many wonderful blessings.

If you have heard of the scientific theory of intelligent design and are interested in learning more about it or possibly forming a discussion group, please call 258-1939. This is a fascinating subject.

Does anyone know of an ASL class being taught in this area? I do not want to take a college course, but would like a basic level class to help me communicate with a deaf lady I see in a local store. Thank you.

Looking for a local person interested in doing a modest amount of genealogy research. Anyone interested, email valera2344@yahoo.com.

Anyone have a working tablet they no longer need or want? My 14-year-old tablet is broken, and my daughter needs one for doing classwork and homework in high school. If you have one she can use, please call 784-1699. Thank you so much.

To the person looking for a "bob" haircut and stylist "Robin": You'll find both at Acclaimed Appearance in McLaw's Circle. Phone number is 757-258-1044. It's a talented, caring place owned by Debbie Scott.

To the person looking for a yard and fence repair work: I highly recommend Foster Fence Company in Newport News. It’s owned by Scott Foster. The phone number is 757-930-2228 and their website is fosterfencecompany.com. They do beautiful work at very reasonable prices and quality is very important to them. So thank you very much.

Where is the location of Shear Creations and Karen? Please give the phone number and location. Thank you. Editor’s note: Shear Creations is at 240 McLaws Circle, 229-3200.

Is there a barber who would come and do hair cutting to a home-bound person? Also, is there anyone who comes to do home-bound foot care? Please reply. We need your help. Thank you.

Now that Farm Fresh in Norge is closing, please recommend a grocery store that is closest to us where the employees treat the customers with some semblance of respect. After all, the customers are paying the employee’s salaries.

To the person asking if there’s a location that offers free air for your car tires: New Town Auto offers free air for your tires. Mr. Parker is a fine gentleman and will be happy to help you.

Wawa offers free air to fill your tires. Locations are 315 Richmond Road and 842 Merrimac Trail.

To the person seeking a Christian beauty salon: I recommend Salon 109. Ask for Teresa. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Phone number 229-0236. Thank you. Have a blessed and wonderful day.

Does anyone know of any upcoming shredding events in town? The police department and some schools have hosted these in the past and they’re so helpful.

Special showing

April is Autism Awareness Month. This Sunday, the film “Life Animated” will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Kimball Theater. This is a film about coming of age with autism. As the parent of a daughter with autism, I am grateful for community awareness activities such as this. I plan to be at the Kimball this Sunday and encourage anyone who is interested in understanding autism, or any developmental disability, to consider attending this film. While my daughter finds community acceptance and understanding to be increasing in our community, she is still misunderstood at times. This is a great opportunity for all of us to become better at understanding many of our fellow citizens. Thanks to the Kimball for this showing.

Benign greatness

I read something years ago which rings truer today than ever. I do not remember the author or the exact text, but the essential message was that the greatest danger to America is not from China or Russia or some other anti-American coalition. Instead it is from "American anti-Americanism." Our great danger today is that America seems no longer willing to be the benign America that shoulders the heavy burden and price of maintaining a world order, of which it is a major benefactor.

Free to you

Large pet koi fish free to good new pond home. Available Monday during pond-cleaning. Call 229-7620 to schedule pick-up or email marthahp@cox.net.

Road worries

I’m just wondering about the Food Lion at the corner of Routes 5 and 199 with the huge apartment complex next to it. Is the shopping center in front of Food Lion going to be a major highway for this apartment complex? Because if it is, somebody’s going to get killed. Construction trucks are flying by there and people are coming out of Food Lion, and I just saw one old guy with a walker almost get hit by a construction truck. I thought they would create a road on the back side for these people. They need to get this under control.

The Jefferson Avenue (Route 143) on ramp to Interstate 64 just past the Branscome plant is in hideous shape. If you agree, please contact VDOT at virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp to help get it fixed.

The VDOT driver who is sitting in his pickup truck at a work site is manning a crash barrier. His job is to protect the rest of the workers from the distracted drivers who run all over Williamsburg texting and talking on their mobile phones, eating and doing other things that are inappropriate when you’re behind the wheel, so that they hit the dump truck and not the workers.

I’d like to know when we stopped using turn signals. People don’t use turn signals in the left lane and exiting or pushing through traffic to get off on an exit. It’s ridiculous.

Going out of business

Did you know Farm Fresh has a famous country western singer they prefer? His name is “Slim Pickins.”

School shootings, guns

I am a freshman at Bruton High School. There has been a lot of talk about guns lately, and I need to weigh in. I’ve grown up doing lockdown drills and wondering each time if it’s real. I can’t even imagine a time when they didn’t exist. We need to make it more difficult to get a gun. There’s no reason a good person can’t pass a background check, take a gun safety course and wait a couple of days. If you need to defend your home, use bear mace or pepper spray, at least you won’t accidentally shoot your family in the middle of the night. And don’t argue that you need to “defend against a tyrannical government” because the same people are arguing for an increase in military power. If you were actually afraid of the government, why are you making it more powerful? We don’t need a ban on guns, but we need to make it difficult to buy them. If a bad guy never had a gun, we wouldn’t need a good guy to stop him.

I think we should ban and stop making all vehicles. Vehicles kill more people than guns do. Several people were reportedly killed after a vehicle crashed into a crowd in Muenster, Germany.

In response to the Last Word comment about school shootings and guns: First of all, the opioid problem gets a fair amount of coverage in the news, and in many cases, taking opioids is a choice that people make. The exception to that are patients who become addicted when taking them for pain management. People who become addicted to opioids have the option of getting treatment for addiction and staying alive. Students who are killed in a school shooting or people who are gunned down at a concert do not choose to die. That choice is made for them by the gun lobby, the NRA and the congressmen they have paid for.

Just for the fun of it, folks should read the Constitution of Virginia (at least Article 1) as well as the state Militia Law. Learn something about the Virginia Militia and State Defense Force. Just sayin'.

To the commenter who stated that nothing trumps the Declaration of Independence: I agree. That’s why my right to life will be protected by my gun. Of course, you’re free to take your chances that no one will take your life away from you.

Sociology? Psychology? With all the scholars and professionals who work with "troubled" people, why don't some, or many, look for links, explanations, causes and effects between early behavior and later severe anti-social and criminal behavior to figure out some interdictions that can make a difference? Isn't there enough curiosity about when and where to jump in? Someone must have some ideas to try so we don't all just wait for the next "Oh dear! How could this happen?”

This says it all: Been in Israel six times over the years. Have family there. Everyone is armed. All malls have metal detectors. All buses, depending where they go, have well-armed soldiers. When entering holy places, military folks walk in and one person stands outside and guards all weapons while others take tours. I was in Israel in 2008 off a cruise ship. Looking around, others on the tour and I were the only ones not armed.

Panhandler

I see the panhandler with the black dog is back on Monticello Avenue, across from Settlers Market. The dog looked sick and is probably in poor health from constantly breathing exhaust fumes from idling cars waiting for the light to change. What kind of life is that for a dog? How can that not be classified as animal cruelty? Thank you.

W&M sports

As an alum of the College of William and Mary, I’m tired of being laughed at and made fun of by friends and fellow alum of other colleges because the only reason people attend football games is for tailgating and basketball games for socializing. Both coaches with above average salaries have had outstanding players and outstanding teams over their very, very long careers with no NCAA invitations. Surely the new head of the college and the new athletic director can recognize the facts that these two coaches have been here much too long and need to be replaced. My season tickets order will cease until we can be proud and finally receive the revenue other schools are getting from winning post-season games without both coaches’ excuses all these years.

‘Retired in Williamsburg’

I can understand those who do not agree with or particularly like the "Retired in Williamsburg" cartoon series. That, of course, is their privilege. But I find it ironic that some of those who stridently demand it be removed from The Virginia Gazette exhibit the type of politically correct blinders that is anathema to the First Amendment, which protects our fundamental rights of free speech and the press — rights we all should cherish and hold dear. One can only hope that the editorial staff of The Virginia Gazette will continue to ignore such calls for ill-conceived censorship.

My family greatly enjoys Fred Siegel’s “Retired in Williamsburg” humorous cartoons. Many are tongue in check, but are also correct. The recent cartoon about churches harboring illegal and criminal refugees is sad, but true. They are a detriment to law abiding, legal citizens who do not abuse the system. Most of us are descendants of legal immigrants who appreciated the opportunities this wonderful country had to offer and did not have to break the law to attain the American dream.

Regarding the cartoon, “Retired in Williamsburg” in Saturday’s Gazette (3-31-18), I would appreciate your renaming the cartoon. As it happens, I am retired, live in Williamsburg and am a member of the Episcopal Church. I do not care to be linked to a cartoon that mocks the church and I agree with the person who recently wrote in regarding the mocking of Virginia Tech, especially so close to the anniversary of the shooting there. I wonder if there are any other retired people in the area who would agree with me.

Just wondering

I’m just inquiring to see if anyone is aware of what they’re building in front of the new Harris Teeter in Lightfoot. There’s a sign up there for the construction company, but it doesn’t say what it is. If anyone knows, please comment in Last Word. Thank you.

More than shopping

The Lazy Daisy is a great place to shop, and the items there are very affordable. They also offer classes by the craftersyou can take during the day and some of them are offered in the evening. My daughter made a beautiful sled in a class there at Christmastime and everybody complimented it. They not only have crafts, but they have antiques, recycled and updated furniture, clothes, jewelry, something for everyone. It’s different from any other store I’ve been in. You really ought to take a look. The Lazy Daisy is at 3032 Richmond Road, 757-903-2928.

Lost and found?

I’ve been reading the lost and found in the classified section of The Virginia Gazette, and my heart aches every day as I read it. I am a dog lover and I would like to know if Baby, the white miniature Poodle about 12 years old, was found. Evidently it was Richmond Road, west of Toano, and I hope that Baby came back to Granville Ambrose, the owner.

Radio waves

Does anyone else in the Williamsburg area have difficulty getting either public radio stations 88.5 or 89.5? I get static in my car and home, despite having antennae in both. They say they can't help on their end and I'm hoping someone has come up with a solution.

Kimball movies

Why don't the crackerjack W&M students in the business school, film classes and contract law classes get together to create a model mini-movie theater club so Williamsburg can have ongoing movies in the Kimball screening room? Come on, students! Show movie lovers you are as bright and creative as we believe you are. The room is there. Equipment is there. People are willing to support a growing business.

Good listening

We were thrilled with new compositions by local musician Stephan Moore at a recent Williamsburg Music Club program. We weren't familiar with his music, and it was so beautiful that it stayed with us for a long time. We hope more will have the opportunity to hear the pieces at other concerts and recitals. Thank you, Mr. Moore and the Music Club.

Made that way?

Adam and Eve are painted with belly buttons because the artists use other humans for references. These references have belly buttons. Painting them without the belly buttons looks strange to most people, the way aliens without belly buttons in art look strange. The Bible says nothing about whether or not they had any belly buttons. And back then, they didn't take selfies.

Recommended

For all your painting needs, do yourself a favor and visit the Sherwin Williams store on Olde Towne Road. Great customer service, great paint and honest employees.

Thank you, Durwood Walton, body shop manager of Holiday Chevrolet. The body part under my car’s hatchback window was loose (taped up with duct tape) after an unfortunate encounter when I was parked on grass and backed into a tree. Durwood looked at the problem, asked me to wait in the office and, after about 15 minutes had the problem fixed. He used some spare clips/screws to refasten the piece at no charge. Holiday Chevrolet (253-1960) does expert repair work and has great customer service. That’s why I always take my Honda to them.

We have been fortunate to have Shari Menke (757-876-7313) do our housework for several years. She extends herself to take care of all the details that we are not able to do for ourselves. If you need special chores done, you can ask her. She loves animals and also pet sits.

I have found a hair dresser through the Last Word who does a great job with fine and thin hair. Her name is Karen at Sheer Creations, 757-229-3200.

This post is for anyone in Williamsburg looking for an excellent source for grass fed, grass finished beef, pork, chicken and eggs. Franchesca's Dawn Farm in Halifax makes monthly deliveries to Williamsburg. I have taken advantage of their service for three months now and can highly recommend the quality of the food and the friendly service Amie provides. Visit their website at franchescasdawnfarm.com/

Blocking calls

Nearly everyone I speak to receives many calls on their landline phone from charities and political causes at hours between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. I personally receive about six a day. We are part of the do-not-call registry, but it is my understanding that charities and political organizations are exempt from this registry. If you have had success with a landline phone system that blocks these calls, could you share that information? If you have knowledge of potential legislative or regulatory solutions that could be pursued, would you also share that knowledge as well? Much appreciated.

Thank you

Thanks so much to the kind gentleman and his son who paid our bill today, Friday, at Dunkin Donuts. We shall never forget your special thoughtfulness and promise to pay it forward. Thank you.

Up in Washington

I, for one, like the idea that some cornbelt farmer won't be able to make the payments on his RAM 3500 because the Chinese aren't buying his soybeans. He will harvest the consequences of voting for the president.

I urge all the readers of the Last Word to contact the Department of Justice and have this Mr. Mueller stop what he’s doing. He’s on a witch hunt, and I think America knows it. That’s not fair to our president, who’s trying to protect us and make us more prosperous. Thank you.

If Trump hadn't withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Pact, it would be 11 countries — most notably S. Korea and Japan — against China and not our farmers and auto and plane manufacturers taking the beating.

The Mueller investigation is milking the American taxpayer tens of thousands of dollars a day. It’s about time he either fish or cut bait or get off the pot, as some people say. And I would certainly hope this terrible tribunal is ended quickly. Thank you.

I’m getting sick of Trump supporters calling anyone who doesn't want to be lied to five times a day "left wingers." Most humans don’t want to be lied to by anyone.

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