Last Word on plans for Toano, Sept. 12

Toano revitalization

How interesting to read of Jack Wray’s plan to reestablish a Toano! Good for him and I so hope for his success. Having been thinking about the Pottery plans for 150 or so acres of undeveloped land and what it could be that wouldn’t just be more sterile sprawl. Such large parcels should really be developed as a complete unity, a village with everything people need and enjoy in an easily accessible area. Not only a variety of housing types and sizes but the soda fountain, market, movie house, professional offices upstairs, intermixed. If people could happily walk to do their errands, visit without having to constantly be in and out of cars — wouldn’t that be a good thing!

Storm prep

I was really pleased when I answered the door and an employee from Williamsburg Electric said he was just here as a courtesy call to check my generator, since Florence was on the way. You have serviced my generator in the past, and this was above and beyond the call of duty. I can’t thank you enough.

It should be a crime to substantially increase the price of goods during a declared state emergency, such as a hurricane. Today I went to fill up my gas tank and noticed the price increased from the day before by $.10 per gallon. There should be a state phone number or website to report this price gouging.

Handicapped tags

I just read a comment about a painting van with a handicapped tag on it. For many years, my wife and I owned a local painting company and I had a handicapped placard in my van because I wanted to be a productive member of society and thought even though I was handicapped, I could still work. So don’t put disparaging remarks about someone who works with a handicapped tag because that’s rude.

Library plans

Our downtown library occupies a pretty big lot that would be perfect for a nice, new, shiny two or three story building with a full basement. And, guess what? There's a hardly used open parking deck just across the street. Let's get some plans going today!

Pronunciation

The new James River ferryboat “Powhatan” will soon be in service here. This is a good moment to address its pronunciation. Most people today pronounce the word so that the OW sounds as in “ouch, ” but we know from period literature and from the best modern language specialists that Chief Wahunsonnacock himself actually pronounced his title, which means “chief of many tribes,” PO-atan. Can we please start a movement to bring back the proper pronunciation? This would include officials at both Jamestowns and the people running the ferries. At least the effort to do that would be less than it would take to pronounce his actual name!

Looking for …

Joe Woolard of Joe’s Mobile Lawnmower Service here. Somebody had asked about the status of my business, as they had tried to contact me. I would like to say that the business is still here, that I get many calls each day and sometimes messages are not clear, or a return number is not given, or I may accidently delete it when deleting the many spam messages. Apologies if I did not return your call.

I’ve just been advised that it’s time to switch to yoga from the harder-on -senior-body exercises, so is there an easy-to-find list of all yoga classes open in 23185? And is there a teacher like Caroline Rogers still teaching?

Does anyone know what has happened to the Tidewater Virginia Historical Society? They were active last year with interesting speakers and day trips in the area. Their website has not been updated this year.

Does anyone know of a place in the greater Williamsburg area that purchases gently used CD music recordings by popular musicians?

Plastic straws

We aren’t going to mess with the folks who have the money or chutzpah for expensive guns and bullets, but by golly we’re going to take out those pesky plastic straws! Just have to love humans, right?

Political forums

Recently two citizens, using Last Word and Letters to the Editor, have remarked on how disgraceful it is that Rep. Wittman will not join the League of Women Voters debate. An item in Saturday's Last Word corrected the impression that there were no available debates. To that I add — anyone who wants to know the representative's opinion and views on any subject area need but ask him via his website. I get newsletters from him weekly and he always responds to my questions. Those looking for debates are probably looking for public opportunities to yell puerile invectives towards him.

Stand-up for America

We the people need to remember the sacrifices of our brave men and women who put themselves in “harm’s way” every day. They believe in something greater than themselves, even if it means sacrificing everything. Real heroes “just do it.” Remember 9/11 and all who sacrificed for us!

Road worries

I would like to request that anybody using the exit of 199 onto 143 on the west side of 199 write to get VDOT to put a stoplight there. It is impossible to get across that road when there’s heavy traffic. We had an accident there and it totaled our van. Two cars ran into the back end of us because somebody else was blocking the traffic. Thank you very much.

Panhandler

To the person who wants to find Ruby's owner a job: He already has one begging for money; he doesn't want another job.

I am a retired executive and have lived in Paris, London and other international cities. I have seen panhandlers on the Champs Elysees in Paris, Trafalgar Square in London and outside the Taj Mahal in India, and no one seemed to be bothered by them. Even Christ showed compassion for them, and made no judgment. What is it about your life here in Williamsburg that bothers you such much about that man?

Free to you

Department-store type showcase, 5 ½ feet long, 38 inches high, 22 inches wide. You pick up. Please call 566-4589. Thank you.

Financial counseling

As a retired bank executive, I am glad that the House overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring students and parents to take online counseling regarding student loans before applying for them. However, I was very disappointed that the GOP defeated a proposal to extend the counseling tailored to veterans recognizing that their financial circumstances differ from younger students.

Campus rape

Is campus rape a problem? Yale just released its report on the sexual dangers on its campus that 1.75 percent of undergraduate women were assaulted in the first half of 2018 is, if accurate, appalling. It also is a violent crime rate nearly as high as in Detroit, which the FBI rates America’s most dangerous city. The report provides no details of 18 of the 50 victims because the allegations came from a third party and the accuser did not pursue the matter. Only five of the other 32 cases went before Yale’s adjudication panel. We wonder how Virginia’s colleges and universities are doing about this, especially William and Mary?

Medicaid requirements

Arkansas has dropped 4,300 from Medicaid over Trump’s new work rules. Another 5,000 will lose coverage if they don’t meet the work requirements by the end of this month. Arkansas was the first state to enforce the requirement after Trump’s administration said it would allow states to tie Medicaid coverage to work. Beneficiaries must report at least 80 hours of work each month for three months in a year. As Virginia’s governor has pushed for more Medicaid coverage, will Governor Northam follow Arkansas’ move?

Lost learning

All parents and grandparents need to read the September 2018 issue of the Health Journal’s magazine article by Kasey Fuqua, “Here in May, Gone in August,” regarding summer learning loss. This is a must-read article to help students, regardless of different socioeconomic backgrounds. Use the suggestions contained in the article as the school year starts. Let’s help our students learn to enjoy reading and learning. The magazine is readily available in stores, hospitals and clinics.

Paper vs. plastic

The writer who indicated that plastic bags could be recycled is incorrect. Plastic bags are on the list of prohibited recycle items in this area. Even if they were, paper is preferable. If you don't recycle, a paper bag will degrade naturally; plastic won't. Another writer was correct that reforestation is a common practice now. Some localities in the US prohibit the use of plastic bags. This seems like a good idea.

Recommended

After searching high and low for a tree company with reasonable prices, my wife and I came upon Affordable Tree Services. Jerry Carter, the owner, was very pleasant to work with. Not only did he make us an offer we couldn’t refuse, his work is amazing. From now on, we know who we will call. Thanks a bunch, Jerry. He can be reached at 757-755-0446.

Supreme Court

Poor Brett Kavanaugh, being questioned about the lies he has told. Wasn't Merritt Garland fortunate that the Republicans refused to meet with him?

I’ve been watching the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Judging from the chaos and disarray at the hearings, the Democrat senators adopted the last-ditch strategy of a sign, that my brother as a U.S. Navy destroyer commander, posted in his ship’s wardroom: “When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” The sign was meant to have the ship’s crew think about and plan emergency actions beforehand. However, based upon the behavior of the Democratic senators, they took it at face value.

Cheers!

Congratulations to the Food Lion at York Plaza, which staff kept their usual kindness in the midst of its renovation. The store looks fantastic! Even though the opening day wasn’t a civic act, it would have been nice to see a York County supervisor among the attendees.

History buffs

If you are interested in American history, you might like the George Washington Society of Virginia. This group, founded last February, meets the third Tuesday of each month. On Sept. 18, we are meeting at the Center Street Grill in New Town. Come at 6:00 for food and fellowship; the program begins at 7:00. This is free to members; a $5.00 fee will be charged to visitors. Check us out on Facebook for more information.

Thank you

Wednesday morning a driver went through a red light on Monticello Avenue and totaled my car. I was fine, but I am very grateful for the thoughtful people who stopped to speak to the police on my behalf and especially for the kind lady who walked across to Walmart to retrieve my purse. Such kindnesses make life so much better on challenging days.

Thank you to Liz, Sean and everyone at Streamline Roofing for getting us ready for Hurricane Florence. We had talked with them about problems with several skylights but hadn’t resolved them yet. We needed to take action before the storm arrived. Your crew made quick work of clearing away debris, installing a vent gasket and covering the skylights so we can plan our next steps. Thanks again for taking care of our roofing problems.

I want to thank the wonderful doctors and staff at Colonial Veterinary Clinic. During the last four months,both my 15- and 18-year-old dogs have been wonderfully cared for and eventually put to rest by the most compassionate people I can imagine. The concern they’ve had for me has touched my heart and made grief in the loss of my little companions so much easier to bear. They are the absolutely the best!

I am writing to thank the volunteers for their service on the United Way Day of Caring at York River State Park on Friday, Sept. 7. Volunteers from Owens & Minor in Toano and Ryan Homes labored long and hard to improve the appearance of the park and help with our mission to provide quality outdoor experiences to visitors. Volunteers are our lifeblood and we are most grateful for their very productive hard work.

Up in Washington

Trump's claims that he inherited a terrible economy and that it is "booming like never before in history" are more of his disgraceful lies. The first 7 and 1/2 years of this record nine year growth trend started under Obama and the Democrats. The average growth rate of 3.3% this last year and peak of 4.2% were also achieved under Obama. The GOP tax cuts, which were unnecessary and would have been done without Trump anyway, have helped keep the economy growing in the short term but worsen the fiscal situation in the long term.

Trump should hire the crack investigators that uncovered Obama wasn't born in Hawaii to uncover the identity of "anonymous."

As for Bob Woodward, he is noted for his accurate reporting. Since he interviewed people in the White House and friends of Trump, I am puzzled that anyone would remark that Woodward "got dirt" from Democrats. Not that getting dirt on Trump is much of a challenge!

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