Last Word on Fox & Friends, July 7

Tactical range

To those opposing the CUP for a military-type training facility in Barhamsville, be aware: Someone was seen driving around in a truck, taking down your "No Combat Range in NK" signs from private property (i.e., stealing). It's pathetic the tactics people will do to quiet the citizens who are merely voicing their opinion through peaceful, legal means.

Fox and friends

Kudos to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for allowing Fox & Friends to broadcast from the Colonial Capital. I am sure the Foundation would grant the same opportunity to other networks. Many of the freedoms we enjoy today as citizens have their roots in our town and sharing its story should make all of us proud. Even Patrick Henry would have been embarrassed by the foul and sometimes obscene language from the protestor who shouted endlessly throughout the broadcast. Free speech is a wonderful thing, especially when the messenger has something worth saying. Sorry I was there to see this freedom so poorly demonstrated.

As a resident of Williamsburg and an alumna of the college, I am appalled that the propaganda show Fox & Friends was allowed to broadcast from the Governor's Palace at CW. This is a poke in the eye to all people who value truth and decency. Williamsburg exists today because of its history, its fight against tyranny. For CW to align itself with this network, which only repeats the lies of this administration, is outrageous.

Williamsburg got showcased on Fox & Friends. The viewers got a first-hand look at how we are celebrating Independence Day and our American roots. The Colonial Williamsburg team was great. This story was one more reason for all Americans to come see how America was born. We the people are proud of our history – God Bless America and all those who sacrificed for our freedom!

In 2006, anyone critical of Bush was trashed by Fox News. Now they trash Bush and his family. In 2012 anyone critical of Romney was trashed by Fox. Now they trash Romney. They day will come when Fox trashes Trump.

I am so pleased that Fox & Friends came to Colonial Williamsburg. I am so tired of one-sided reporting. I think the exposure to our town is good for the economy. Unlike the protestors, I am pleased with the Trump administration and those who support it. I think that the protestors need to take into consideration that a lot of citizens are quietly supporting and are relieved the economy is no longer tanking. Personally, I have taken two hits to my portfolio in excess of $400,000 since 2008. The stability of the Trump administration is what we need.

Fourth of July

On this Fourth of July, as I reflect on our great country, which God has so generously blessed, I cannot help to think that my God is very greatly distressed about the profound hatred that is increasingly being displayed.

Looking for …

Does anyone know how to remove rust stains from a concrete driveway? Answer back to Last Word.

As a volunteer at Avalon, the Williamsburg shelter for survivors escaping domestic or sexual violence, I asked how folks could help. Here's what they said: they receive many gift cards as donations at Christmastime, but the needs of the many individuals they help continue all year long. They especially welcome Target, Walmart or Visa gift cards. Any dollar amount helps. Send to Avalon Center, PO Box 6805, Williamsburg, VA 23188, or if you'd like a receipt, drop it off at their office on 3206 Ironbound Road, Suites B and D.

Still hoping to hear from the person giving away acrylic paint. You can reach me at 253-2212. Thank you.

We have had our solar tubes for 15-plus years and they need a little TLC or possibly replacing. Who does this kind of repair/replacements on solar tubes? Appreciate receiving any contact numbers.

Many years ago, the Last Word made it possible for Here for the Girls to receive new or gently used baskets. We need more again and would appreciate any that you have to donate, as we use them for gift baskets and packages for our events and other nonprofit raffles. They can be delivered to 1309 Jamestown Road Suite 204, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. To ensure we are there, please call 757-846-1095 first. Thank you from Here For the Girls, a 501(c)3 improving the lives of young women affected by breast cancer.

Please submit recommendations for reasonably priced auto detailing shops in the Williamsburg/ James City County area.

Roll the dice?

Colonial Williamsburg is so important to our community that bolder action is needed to make it financially healthy. Forget about hatchets and muskets. Go big. Colonial Williamsburg should convert the Regency Room into a casino for all kinds of betting. The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling favoring sports betting furthers this notion. The First Nation people in Virginia were gambling before the colonists arrived. According to CW, the colonials bet on stick and card games, athletic events and even used peach pits as dice. So gambling in Williamsburg is as historical as horse manure on the city streets. Partner with MGM Grand, the Pamunkey Indian tribe, or the Chicago company reopening Colonial Downs. It would fill our hotels and our restaurants and perhaps even save CW.

Orange shirt

I’m responding to the person who wrote about “The Man in the Orange Shirt” and they did not like it and asked for others to express their opinion about it. And I wanted to say that I loved it. It was World War II setting. I thought it was handled beautifully from all sides. Thank you.

It all helps

Many thanks to Rick’s Grill on Richmond Road for offering paper, rather than plastic, drinking straws. Restaurants have to pay more for these environmentally friendlier straws. Doing without a straw, if you don’t really need one, is the best solution. Every little bit helps.

Free to you

Before I throw them away, is anyone interested in 22 years of Occasion for the Arts badges? I have at least one from its first year, 1994 through 2015. two of most years and three of some. Call 229-3851.

Free: Two seats made of velour fabric from a 2000 Honda van. Please pick them up. They are in my driveway. I live at 138 John Rolfe Lane and my phone number is 220-3712. Thank you.

Black dog in median

The panhandler tied his dog to the sign and it was under an umbrella. People turning could see the dog only from the front. Each time a car sped past, the poor dog would flinch and look afraid. I watched this while stopped at the stoplight. The dog was miserable. Where is PETA? Panhandling should be against the law, especially in high traffic areas. I try to be in a lane away from them because they disrupt traffic. If people can't text and drive, they shouldn't be allowed to hand out money either.

Annapolis shooting

The president offering "words and prayers" for the victims of the newspaper shooting in Annapolis, Md., are nothing more than empty noise, as nothing is being done to prevent the next terror attack like this on innocents in America.

The unspeakable murders of journalists at the Annapolis Capital Gazette is a tragic reminder of the invaluable public service provided by community newspapers, including our own Virginia Gazette. Thank you to the dedicated professionals at the Virginia Gazette for bringing us the news about our community that we can’t get from big newspapers or on TV.

Immigration

Despite the outrage of Last Word contributors, the facts are: Refugees are not illegal and are entitled to hearings, per both international and United States law. Immigrant workers are needed and do jobs Americans disdain. Immigrants add to the economy. Trump hires immigrants at his properties.

To all those who think protesting here in defense of illegal immigration is going to make a difference: I suggest you take your protesting to those countries which the people are fleeing from. It’s a win/win. You get to feel good about yourselves and we in this country don’t have to pay for it.

To the person who is trying to understand the type of tents that may be housing people in Texas or children in Texas: These would be the same type of tents probably that are used even in mess units. There’s heating, there’s air conditioning. If you’ve been in the military, you know that these tents can be just as comfortable as being in a home as far as climate control goes. So don’t think of it as a camping tent.

Facts: 1) Per national and international law, it is not illegal to cross any border to request asylum. 2) Immigrants — illegal or legal — pay taxes. Illegal immigrants do not qualify for any benefits. Immigrants contribute more than they receive. 3) The Second Amendment refers to raising a militia and muskets. Reading comprehension is rare.

Israel has the right idea — not letting the Syrian refugees into their country but sending tents and aid to the Syria border. We should do the same by sending tents and aid to Mexico. This would avoid those in this country crying out about the children of these illegal immigrants that have crossed our border.

Contrary to Trump's blatant lies, 99 percent of asylum seekers don't have criminal records, and 97 percent return for their hearings and leave when denied. Ted Cruz knows the problem could be solved with 200 more judges to shorten the hearing time to days instead of months. Entering the U.S. is a misdemeanor. Many of Trump's campaign members have been charged with felonies.

To all those who care about illegal immigrants, here is a solution. Send them your money while they’re in their countries so they don’t come here expecting handouts. They’re not coming here for political asylum, they’re coming for jobs and handouts, which we pay for in taxes.

Bye-bye voles

I have tried many repellents and also a professional company to get rid of voles and none worked. Two things that have worked are placing mothballs in the ground around plants that the voles like and also a product called Sweeney's poison peanut pellets. Started using this two years ago, putting five to six pellets in each hole I found every two to three weeks. I have gone from using two or more containers each time to maybe half a container per month now.

Hard space

As presented in the Gazette on June 30, design number two for creating a downtown gathering space in front of the Williamsburg city building shows just about all of the beautiful grass lawn in front taken away and replaced with hardscape pavers. They show a splash fountain in the center with children running around. I see a lot of skinned knees happening. There are only big granite looking blocks to sit on and no shade. The architects are from Camden, N.J. Don’t they know how hot it gets here? Who would go to a concert slab, or go there at all? We want the shade and grassy areas — just leave it alone. We already have a paved area across the street in front of the library. And what is the giant bright green modernistic thing shown in the middle of the street?

Not funny cartoon

I was disgusted by the recent opinion-page cartoon that negatively depicted an I.C.E. agent doing his job. The job of an I.C.E. agent is thankless and dangerous, but a very necessary one to enforce our laws and protect our national security. Once again we see the liberals complaining about our law enforcement officers. Next time they need one, just maybe they won’t respond.

Great CW program

We so enjoyed the story and talk by Colonial Williamsburg’s Leroy Graves at the Hennage Auditorium. Just amazing to hear and see a complicated effort most never think about, much less consider there are things to learn from upholstery. Thank you, Mr. Graves, and thank you, CW. We hope the program will be repeated so others can enjoy and appreciate, too.

School safety

I have to agree with the person who said we should “pray for the safety of our children in school.” Maybe we should allow God back in the schools, prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Think about it.

Union dues

The recent decision of the Supreme Court throwing out the 1977 law, which required employees who would not join unions to pay a fee to cover the costs of the unions going into collective bargaining, should get the response from the unions when the next bargaining round starts that the agreement negotiated with management only applies to union members and not to those clinging on and hoping to get something for free.

Found the geese

To the reader wondering what happened to the geese on the eighth hole at the Williamsburg National golf course: They’re back.

Well done!

I'm very impressed to see so many in the Williamsburg community give to charity: churches, schools, service groups. Keep up the good work, everyone.

Spam calls

I keep getting calls on my caller ID from something called “Spam” and it’s followed by a question mark and then a city. This continues to come up. The cities vary from time to time, all across the country. I’ve asked everyone that I know who I thought would be knowledgeable enough to give me an answer, but so far I’ve had no help and I’m afraid to pick up the phone because we never know what trouble we can get into. Thank you. Hoping to hear from someone soon.

2nd Amendment

The reason why you can't buy hand grenades, c-4, laws rockets, shoulder-fired rockets, stinger missiles or set up a Sam 6 missile site in your backyard is because of two words in the 2nd Amendment: “Well regulated."

North Korea

Days after Trump signed what he claims was a "beautiful piece of paper," satellite images show Kim is not de-nuking, but ramping up his nuclear facility. Mitch McConnell warned Trump he would be "snookered."

The caller who brought up the fact that FDR met several times with Stalin to show why it was OK for the current president to meet with Kim Jung Un failed to point out to the readers who the common enemy North Korea and the U.S. are fighting against. When I took U.S. history, I learned that at the time of the meetings between FDR and Stalin, we were in the middle of the fight of our lives against Nazi Germany and the U.S. and the USSR were allies in the cause of defeating them. The U.S. and North Korea are not involved in any such conflict unless our president sees the world's premier democracies as America's sworn enemies.

Contact information

I have received many Earth Fare emails. The question is where did they get my email address? I never signed-up for them. One can only assume someone sold our email addresses to Earth Fare. Who?

Buyer beware

A local store had a six pack of AA batteries on sale for $5.99 and an eight pack on sale for $8.99. The manager couldn't explain why the per battery cost was greater for the larger pack. Then the check-out system charged a higher price for copy paper than the posted sale price. I was told prices are set by the corporate office. Is this intentionally deceptive or just inadequate controls? Be an alert shopper.

Recommended

We highly recommend Jerry's Garden on News Road. They have tasty summer fruits and vegetables and polite customer service, even during the hot days of summer.

I would like to give a shout out to Williamsburg Orthodontists (Patty, Lisa). Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time to help me. Williamsburg Orthodontists is a perfect example of what real customer service looks like.

If you are in need of help with your A/C unit as temperatures rise, I highly recommend Chauvin Mechanical. Joe Chauvin is excellent at what he does and he is honest and kind, too.

My seven-year-old computer had viruses, malware, spyware and unused programs in abundance. When it finally refused to do anything at all, I called We Fix Computers by Khalid. Within a short period of time, Khalid came to my home and had it up and running, with improved performance and some added useful software tools. I highly recommend him for solving your computer problems.

I would like to compliment Shawanda at the Boundary Street Post Office. She is a very polite, caring person and she really does a good job. And I think the public should know that. So that’s Shawanda. Thank you.

We recently completed a significant renovation project involving all three of our bathrooms. Based largely on their previous work for us and their proposal, we selected Van Kniest. We were extremely pleased with the work and the process. Vicky Barnes, who directed the project, was constantly in communication with us. We visited the main sub-contractors and selected tile, stone, fixtures and all the key elements. All involved worked with us to keep the project within the budget and clearly identified those items that would incur additional costs if selected. The workmen were timely, extremely professional and did outstanding work. We recommend this company to anyone who needs a renovation project done well.

U.S. military

President Trump addressed our military and he’s absolutely right. People who serve in the military are special. I’ll go so far as to say they are extraordinary. They are willing to lay their lives down for you. They are willing to sacrifice income for you. They are willing to be honorable for you. They will sacrifice all that is near and dear to them — time with their families, time at the beach on the Fourth of July, Christmas around the Christmas tree, Thanksgiving with their families — all for you. We owe every serviceman and woman and enormous debt of gratitude.

In response to June 27 commenter: When you "assure" another of your contention, it is customary to provide supporting evidence, which yours is sadly lacking. Therefore, please consider this: today's military (in which I proudly served) has 2.08 million members. If one assumes the highly unlikely possibility that they all "fully appreciate and support" Trump, that would still represent only eight-tenths of 1 percent of the (2016) U.S. voting population of more than 250 million Americans, thus hardly moving the needle off Trump's 40+/- percent job-approval ratings, and strongly suggesting it is you who are in the minority in terms of overall American opinion. As to your last and small-minded sentence, why should any combat veteran consider leaving this country due to one bad actor in the White House who never faced the enemy, under fire, in defense of this country as we have? We have paid our dues; can you or Trump say the same?

Thank you

Thanks to the two men who stopped when I had a flat tire on Route 199. Chris even took my flat (of course) spare to the local station to fill it with air, then helped me put it on. A reminder that there are some great people living in Williamsburg who are willing help out a stranger in need even on a hot, busy highway.

Thank you, Chris, for sealing my driveway. What a great friend and neighbor.

Up in Washington

Trump thinks he is so popular that the Hells Angels and other Harley fans are going to stop buying them and ride Vespas because he tells then to do so.

I wonder if Scott Taylor and Rob Wittman are going to run ads bragging how they more than doubled the annual budget deficits, and the Dow as of this writing is negative for the past seven months, the worst performance in nine years.

The 5-4 vote on the Muslim ban is the same far right members of the court putting loyalty to the president ahead of defending the Constitution of the United States. Next they will be ruling that the president has the right to cancel the 2020 elections because of "national security."

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