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Last Word on Fred's cartoons, Sept. 8

Fred’s cartoons

Don't get many smiles reading The Virginia Gazette, except Fred Siegel's contribution. But recently some folks are getting all excited and steamed up because they are offended; that's worth more smiles. Lighten up folks, it's a cartoon.

In response to Mr. Stigman’s Letter to the Editor regarding the Fred Siegel cartoons: just because he doesn’t like them shouldn’t mean those of us who enjoy reading them can’t have that option. It’s pretty typical of the left that wants to either shout down or shut down whoever they don’t agree with. After all, this is America, where we all have freedom to speak, freedom of the press and the freedom to not read something if it upsets you.

This is in regard to the Letter to the Editor regarding Fred Siegel’s cartoons. We always know what side of the political line people are on when they want you to shut up — when they don’t think something’s funny. And I have to say, liberals have just sucked fun out of the life of people. Nothing can be fun. Everything has to be an issue; everything has to be negative and mean spirited. There’s no humor for them and it’s so sad. I think Fred Siegel’s cartoons are funny. Some of them aren’t funny — it’s not that they’re on the wrong side or anything like that. You know, to my sense of humor, sometimes they’re just not funny. So, just get over it. Enjoy life!

If the unhappy New Yorker who's lived here a whole six years doesn't like our local cartoonist, he's free to return from whence he came.

Armistice Day

This is an answer to the Armistice Day inquiry: Five Forks Ruritan Club is hosting a volunteer event on that day. You can call Bud Jensen at 757-258-8920. Thank you.

Pottery plans

So now the Pottery is thinking of developing one of the last large remaining parcels near Interstate 64. Did it ever occur to these people that some undeveloped land is wonderful to have, and that the animals have to live somewhere? The “original” Pottery was so much fun, an exploration of the unknown, with nooks and crannies and special discoveries everywhere. I went frequently and so did many, many others. Now that it has been redone, I went one time; what a let-down. I have noticed the parking lot is almost always nearly empty. Let’s leave some wild green space before it is too late.

Happy grandparents

Sept. 9 is the celebration of Grandparents Day. Let’s take a moment to thank our grandparents for their love and support and also their sacrifices.

City manager search

Why on earth would Williamsburg City Council members not require a master’s degree by all candidates for the open position of city manager? Seems that master’s degree “preferred,” as advertised in the job posting, needs to be deleted to ensure a quality candidate pool. City Council could also help ensure a quality candidate pool by advertising higher than the $140K starting salary in the job announcement, especially since some department heads already make more than that. If this hiring is designed for an internal candidate, why go through the hassle and expense of an outside personnel recruiting firm?

Downtown planning

This definitely sounds like poor planning that will backfire for retailers. Whomever thought that taking away convenient parking spaces would bring more people to town, must drink their lunch. If I don’t find a space in this zip code, I’m off to the mall. And now that Binn’s is at the mall anyway, there’s less motivation to go downtown.

Looking for …

My wife will need physical assistance soon. Will anyone with experience with a battery operated, fold-up scooter please write Last Word or call 757-564-6805.

For the person looking for a yard sale: You may contact the Women of the Moose at the Moose Lodge, 5429 Richmond Road, because they are having a yard sale and bake sale on Oct. 6. Tables are $10. Contact Shelly at 757-903-6961 or email bishop68@live.com.

Found in parking lot in front of Paint on Pottery, Orange Theory and behind Le Yaca: A gold necklace. If you can identify it, please write back to dak61@cox.net. It was found on Labor Day weekend.

To the person who a left a sports memorabilia item at our Powhatan Secondary Cul-De-Sac yard sale on Aug. 18: Please call 757-345-3921. Describe the item in detail, leave a return number and it will be returned to you.

Found on Fenton Mill Road: A set of keys on a ring that includes a key to a Chevrolet and three other small keys. Call 565-1379 and leave a message.

For the person looking for lamp repair: There’s a wonderful man, Joe at 564-4424, and he will come to your house to fix your lamp. He has a van, and he takes your lamp outside to the van, fixes it and then brings it back, totally repaired. I have a touch lamp that no one else could fix, and he fixed that for me. I was very grateful because those are very hard to come by and mine is really a good lamp. I’m sure this person, that needs lamps repaired, will be satisfied with him as I am.

In answer to the person looking for someone for lamp repair, in Wednesday’s Last Word: If you call Collectors Gallery at 564-4424, they will do your lamps quickly and at a fair price.

For the person who wondered where to get lamp repairs now: Ace Hardware on Richmond Road does lamp repairs as does Lamp Ajax in Newport News.

My lawnmower needs annual maintenance and blade rehab. Two mobile small engine repair companies, recommended by contributors to the Last Word, will not return my phone call. Meanwhile, I am still in need of this service. Suggestions? Please call 804-829-5798. Thank you.

You can order an EZPass transponder online at ezpassva.com and it will be mailed to you. You can also go to the same website to find locations where you can buy a transponder, including the DMV on Forge Road. EZPass works in many Eastern states.

Take a moment

To all the folks who comment about our homeless citizens: I recommend they watch the Netflix movie, "Same Kind of Difference as Me." Enough said.

Clean-up needed

A tree cutting service came through and cut tree limbs, etc., to clear the right of way to the power lines on Lake Powell Road and Treasure Island Road a few weeks ago so that the power company could get to the lines during loss of electrical power. They were supposed to come back and clean up the limbs, etc., that they cut during that process. As of today, they have not returned to clean up the debris that they left. What they left looks awful and needs to be cleaned up. Could this please be cleaned up by whoever is responsible for this?

Nike ads

I guess it’s time for everybody to go out and buy themselves a pair of Nike’s to show their support for the company.

Drug problems

The other day I was in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and someone asked me a rhetorical question: “Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?” I said I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather. I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the priest, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me. Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack or heroin: and if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

Power towers

To the person who said, in Wednesday’s Last Word, that the towers in the James River will look beautiful: How ridiculous. All it will take would be one good hurricane and over they go. Where is everyone’s common sense? If we so desperately needed them, they should have been placed under the river.

Political forums

This is in response to readers complaining that there will not be 1st Congressional District debates: All readers should be aware there are debates already scheduled by both congressional candidates, Congressman Rob Wittman and opponent Vangie Williams. The reader complained the League of Women Voters did not get a debate, but we should keep in mind there are other scheduled debates, not just with the League of Women Voters. I would guide all readers to go to each respective candidate’s website for information about the candidate forums. Thank you.

Panhandling

The dog's name is Ruby, and she always has water and an umbrella to sit under. That poor guy has been living in a tent and all he wants is a helping hand. He says Ruby has helped him get through some very tough times and given him something to live for. I think concerned citizens should come together and find him a job that would support him and Ruby. Then the whole issue could be put to bed and a man and his sweet dog would have a second chance.

The reader who thinks the panhandler is using the dog as a prop is about as ignorant as anybody can imagine. I see advertisements on TV constantly, about abused animals and the depictions of them on TV to solicit donations worldwide. So, you know, you’re wrong. Man’s best friend. Maybe his only one. Give it a rest.

Apparently, this is the life the panhandler has chosen and is satisfied with it. Maybe his dog is the only family he has and he cares for him the best he can.

To the person who suggested the panhandler does not love his dog: Have you ever met him? I have. He loves his dog more than he loves himself. On many occasions, I have bought him Chick-fil-A. Instead of eating it, he gives it right away to his dog. This young man is developmentally disabled. He doesn’t have any family and this is the only way he knows to survive. Williamsburg is not a cheap area to live. This young man would have to come up with a large amount of money, plus a non-refundable pet deposit, to not be homeless. He cannot work because he does not have anywhere to leave his dog. I believe, given the opportunity, this young man would go to work every day if he just had a safe place to stay and leave his dog. He doesn’t want to panhandle. Instead of gift cards and money, maybe we could all get together and find a solution to this. Williamsburg is a wonderful community with caring and loving people. Please think before you judge. God bless.

Too many trees?

Regarding a recent comment that Williamsburg has too many trees: That is a complete impossibility. To the individual who submitted this, were you joking? Does he/she not believe that trees inhabit the planet for a reason? I would love to know your reasons for this comment.

Caring for others

It is obvious that most of those who have trashed those taking advantage of Social Security benefits didn't pay attention in Sunday School about Christ's teachings of our obligation to take care of those who are old, very young or disabled. In our modern world where extended families are nearly non-existent, the social net which cares for those who cannot care for themselves is needed more than ever. If you don't like it, make sure you have saved enough to be able to pay totally for your own needs when your time comes without assistance from the government.

Office music

Going to the dentist is not a day at the spa. Please, for the sake of your patients and staff, rethink your choice of music.

Road worries

Well, here we sit, stopped by Rochambeau again. Are they ever going to finish this work by Bruton School? And why aren’t they doing it at nighttime instead of during the daytime?

Speeding in Ford's Colony is at an all time high. The old saying, "they will not do anything till someone dies," is coming into play. The board at Ford's Colony has approved the purchase of a radar trailer that will take a photo of your car if you speed by it. The problem is, people will just not speed around where they put the trailer. There is already a thread with thousands of contacts to send out mass text as to the location of the speed trailer for that day. The day has come, we need to put an end to speeding in Ford's Colony. Thanks.

To whoever is responsible for the paving on Route 60 West beyond Busch Gardens going toward Williamsburg: It’s so discouraging to see my tax dollars being used to repave roads that don’t need it. The section in front of Busch Gardens was perfectly fine, but the section beyond Busch Gardens, down to Lee Hall through Grove is the section that has been patched so many times and is bumpy. I sure hope they plan on continuing the paving to the Newport News line.

Supreme Court

One of the questions that was asked of Kavanaugh was, “Can a sitting president be sued while he’s in office, or does that have to be deferred until he’s out of office?” Kavanaugh answered the issue came up when Clinton was President of the United States — Jones vs. Clinton — Paula Jones. He argued he had executive privilege and it would have to wait until he was out of office. The Supreme Court said, “No. You can be sued if you attempted to rape a woman while you’re in office. You’re not exempt.” She sued and she won nearly a million dollars.

Regarding the new nominee by Donald Trump for the Supreme Court: In watching the hearings on his nomination, he is so vague and Trumpified. He’s protecting Donald Trump, and I don’t think he would be a good candidate for the Supreme Court. He avoided a lot of questions and was very vague and used a lot of language that Donald Trump uses, you know, dictionary interpretations of the word. But we’re talking about the law of the land and the people.

Mrs. Kavanaugh rushed her two young daughters out of the hearing room because they were both visibly upset by what liberals on the committee and in the audience were screaming about their father. We the people hope our Democrat neighbors join us in condemning such un-American actions by our elected representatives on the committee.

During the first day of the Supreme Court hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Democrats were just terrible and unprofessional in their questions to the nominee. We are very appreciative of the TV coverage provided; however, it would have been better if the first day coverage was not done. When President Trump announced his nomination, within one hour and 18 minutes, key Senate Democrats announced that they would vote “No” on his nomination. What a joke. Kavanaugh will be an excellent Justice in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Absentee ballots

Why is it so difficult to get a Virginia absentee ballot? Wouldn’t you rather more people vote than not? How about making it easier for seniors?

Recommended

I recently had the occasion to use Mark’s Pest Control in Williamsburg, 258-8700, to have a new termite inspection and procedure done at my home. I was more than delighted with their service, professionalism, courtesy and friendliness. I highly recommend them if it became necessary to change to another company, and if you need help, they’re the people to call.

I was recently treated by Dr. Sara M. Bouraee, of Hampton Roads Foot & Ankle Specialist, for a foot problem. She was excellent and treated me until my condition was resolved with utmost kindness and respect. She is at 757-224-7605. Thank you.

I want to give a shout out to the Nostalgic Photo VA for bringing a favorite activity for out of towners like ourselves plus a great place for locals wanting to get their pictures done. Julia does the popular old time photos inside The Flipping Flea. While we were there, she shared how she offers many other photo services like pictures with pets, Halloween pictures and she told us that Santa Claus also will visit. We want to thank you for coming in on the day you were closed. We will definitely come by when we’re visiting from Ohio next year.

I found a report on Steve Daley of Daley Necessities, and I really want to thank whoever wrote that item because it saved me an awful lot of frustration. I hired him, he did the job, he arrived when he said he would and the work was done beautifully. Thank you so much. You can reach him at 757-566-4521.

John McCain’s funeral

I think it’s wonderful that the United States and the nation is recognizing the death of John McCain. He was a great American and a patriot. However, it’s curious to me why it’s taken five days to bury this man. We buried presidents and Abraham Lincoln in less than five days. It seems to me that it’s been turned into a political agenda rather than an actual recognition of what this man has done for this country, and it’s a shame.

Even in death, John McCain showed the emperor has no clothes.

Paper vs. plastic

I few weeks ago a reader submitted a comment opposing going back to paper bags from plastic. The writer was correct in stating we went to plastic because too many trees were being cut down for paper. However, in the many years since we made the change, we have learned much about recycling paper and other products. Also, the paper industry has become more environmentally conscious, reforesting as they take down trees and are continually looking for alternatives to produce paper.

What is the difference when both are recyclable? When one tree comes down, plant more in its place. Plastic bags can be made into other products, right? Both of these choices cost money but can't the greatest country on the planet afford it? The problem may be that humans do not make the effort to recycle. Trees do take time to replace so their use for paper bags, etc., must be regulated.

Free to you

Horses for carousel project. You pick up. 258-1495.

Thank you

Thank you to the Boy and Girl Scout volunteers, WISC, Rec Center, the YMCA, the library and friends of the library, church volunteers and everyone who helped make it a great summer for families. Now that school is back in session, please drive safely for the families that are out and about.

A big thank you to David Reynolds of Ace Hardware, 1230 Richmond Road, 229-1900, who was able to unfreeze my pole saw after I tightened it too much. He was so helpful and courteous — a typical Ace employee.

Doing good

I recently had a lumpectomy at Sentara Regional Medical Center. When the procedure was over, my nurse gave me a beautiful pink pillow with a tag that said, ”Handmade with Love” and the initials CMD. CMD, if you are reading the Gazette today or you know who CMD is, please let her/him know how blessed I was to receive it. You are doing good work anonymously without receiving due credit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for that personal gesture. I will never forget how much I was touched by your act of kindness.

Up in Washington

Old men send young men to war. Reinstitute the draft. Maybe then we may achieve peace.

I’m very disturbed about and disappointed with Bob Woodward and his new book. He went around to all his liberal buddies and got all the dirt he could on Trump and never bothered to check out any of the resources. So the only thing I can say about Bob Woodward is that it will be “Bob ‘the Liar’ Woodward.” And that’s what it will come down to. Thank you.

Ever since Watergate, Bob Woodward has gotten it right through painstaking research and systematic documentation. I expect nothing less from his latest book. The president has a right to be afraid of this book.

This weekend, while watching Barack Obama eulogize Sen. John McCain and then the current president at some rally somewhere, there was a marked difference between the elegance of President Obama’s speech and the mad ramblings of the current president. Shamefully, we miss the past president and cannot wait for the current one to leave.

I am shocked at the evangelical pastor’s negative comments about Donald Trump. None of us are perfect; we are all human. Speaking of morals, I could name 10 or more evangelical pastors with questionable morals.

The liberal Democrats who were staged at the confirmation hearing for our Supreme Court justice nominee show just how disgusting they are by their behavior. When have you ever seen a conservative Republican show such behavior? Then Democrats wonder why our Republican politicians won’t hold town hall meetings.

Sen. Lindsey Graham has changed his tune on Attorney General Jeff Sessions because he is making nice with the president and running for the job of attorney general after the midterm elections.

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