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Last Word on Fred, Oct. 6

Retired in Williamsburg

Please don't mess with that cartoon. The objecting reader never heard of tongue-in-cheek, almost a form of sarcasm on occasion. I love it and look forward to it with each issue.

Once again, in the Sept. 26 Last Word, a "progressive" pleads for the removal of Fred Siegel's commentary from the Gazette. The basis for their plea is that it's "unconscionable" for the Gazette to give space to a "consistently right-wing commenter." What is truly unconscionable is the arrogance and condescension of the writer toward others who just may agree with Mr. Siegel's commentary. I guess the writer would prefer to remove them as well.

A recent comment on Siegel's single-panel contributions states that his work is appreciated by many as a contrast to political cartoons, which the commenter views as mostly liberal-leaning. This is a valid point; and as such, his work should be considered by Gazette editorial staff for inclusion with other editorial cartoons, and not as a separate “humor” item. Thank you.

Radio show

To the person calling/writing the Last Word about the gospel music on WMBG radio: Give the station a call at 229-7400 or write them at WMBG Radio, 1005 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. I know they’d like to hear from a loyal listener and would give you the best answer to your questions.

Just too loud

On Sept. 28, Warhill Sports Complex had a game where the announcer bellowed into the loud speakers, which are obviously turned all the way up, and then music played loudly until after 4 a.m.? Really? And the James City Police Department is right next door and does nothing to enforce the noise ordinance? Either consider the fact that there are people living around this sports complex or invest in some sound walls. And many of those residents have been there long before the sports complex was. Enough is enough!

Looking for …

To the person looking for a key to unlock an antique blanket chest: I have a box full of old keys, if you want to explore with them. Call 645-3328. Thank you.

To the travel nurse who uses Karen Washington as her housekeeper: Please put her telephone number in The Virginia Gazette. I would love to have it. Thank you so much.

To the person looking for John Jordan: He is working at Bruce’s Super Body Shop at 5521 Richmond Road. John would be happy to work on your vehicle if you come in and request him.

New name

This is in reference to the revitalized shopping center on Mooretown Road. I’m just curious as to why the name was changed to “Victory Village.” Where did that come from? Also, why is the signage for S&K men’s store still around? That store has been closed for several years, yet the signage remains. If they’re not going to reopen, the signage needs to come down. It’s very misleading.

Electoral College

To the person who commented about the “S in USA stands for states:” Having the Electoral College allows the least populated states to dictate what goes on in this country to the majority of us. So how is the Electoral College fair?

Regarding whether or not the Electoral College should be abolished, please note in the last election, Clinton’s national vote total exceeded Trump’s by 2.8 million, but in California her vote total exceeded Trump’s by 3.4 million. Do we want all our presidents elected by California residents? I think not. Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they set up this system.

Road worries

I have been reading in the Last Word about how old people drive — not using signals, slow in the left lane. Well, we were going up Interstate 64 the other day, and these huge trucks were cutting people off. Side to side they were going with no signals and I do not think they were driven by old people.

Mail delivery

We live in Colonial Heritage, a community with about 1,100 homes. Evidently that is not enough for the post office to have a permanent person delivering to our particular route. Every day we have a substitute who goes back to the post office after his/her regular route to pick up our mail. So it's often 8 p.m. by the time our mail arrives and many mistakes are made, such as misdeliveries and failure to deliver accumulated mail after a hold has expired. The supervisor hopes a permanent person will be found "in a few weeks" for our route, but they are having difficulties hiring someone because this person will have to use their own vehicle.

Health insurance

Sure, if you’re one of those who benefited from government subsidy and others who are now paying exorbitant premiums from the so-called “Affordable Healthcare Act,” of course you would think it’s great. However, if you’re like me, whose monthly premium is now $1,500 with a very high deductible, it’s more like the Unaffordable Healthcare Act. Before Obama wrecked the system, I was paying $700 per month. Democrats need to start using facts to place blame; the above costs are facts.

Seriously, Tim Kaine says he wants to fix our health care system — he and his fellow Democrats are the ones who ruined it. He goes on to say he wants health care for all, but not once does he mention who will pay for it. As usual the government and those who work for a living will pay for it, just another entitlement program.

Stuck like glue

I like reusing glass bottles and often add a pump or spray top. It used to be you just set the bottle in water for a while and the label would come off. Nowadays the glue that’s used makes this nearly impossible. Any ideas?

Buyer beware

Do not be surprised when you go through your drive-thru into one of these fast food spots. I saw a commercial advertising something on TV and went to the restaurant that sells those products and ordered it and the price came up. And it was $5.99. I told the lady it was $5 on TV, and she said, “Well, different franchisees charge different prices.” So don’t be surprised if the ad says $5 and you’re charged more. It is up to the franchisee. Thank you.

Quick fix

I want to warn people about these new boxes Cox makes us pay for to get their cable and what they can do. I have three TVs and the big one just wouldn’t come on right. It would flicker, be green, be black and no sound. So I figured I needed a new TV and was ready to go out and buy one. A neighbor came over and offered to check it out. She got the remote and couldn’t get the menu right, couldn’t get to advance and then thought to check the little box. She said they have to do it all the time. You don’t get the power to the box that you should get to run your TV. She unplugged it, let it rest a few minutes, plugged it back in and our TV is fine. So these little boxes don’t always work, and I was ready to spend hundreds of dollars for a new TV because the other ones worked. So this is just to let you know to be aware that if you have this happen — that for some reason you’re not getting the strength that you need to this little box, that it’s not your TV. So please check it out.

On point

Cheers to Heather Cordasco for a clear and honest letter to the editor expressing the reasons why public office candidates should not participate in the League of Women Voters forums. Amen, Ms. Cordasco!

The letter to the editor written by the unsuccessful candidate who so precisely laid out the reasons for Republicans to avoid League of Women Voters candidate forums did a sufficient job illustrating why she did not participate in the forums. However, she did not talk at all about her refusal to debate in any format. Her explanation was so narrow one could hardly tell if it was legitimate or just an attempt to provide cover for those candidates who hope to be successful in the future. Perhaps, instead of avoiding debates because your views do not align with your would-be constituents, you should develop a platform that a majority of people could get onboard with. Clearly, you do not have that platform.

Recommended

Over the past few months, I have purchased a sofa and a power recliner from Wyatt Ogg Furniture in West Point. The service in the store was great, but this last weekend our power recliner failed. I called the store at 8 a.m. Monday and at 10 a.m., John showed up, fixed the issue and said to call anytime there was a problem. That's service after the sale. That's customer service from beginning to end.

Best car dealership in the area is Williamsburg Hyundai, with best sales manager Darnell Jones and best sales person Larry Nesselrodt. We have purchased a vehicle from Darnell and from Larry previously and due to a recent accident, not our fault, we needed another vehicle. Again, our service was professional, comfortable, quick and a really pleasant buying experience. Both Darnell and Larry listened to what we wanted and could afford and helped us select a great vehicle to fit our needs. If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle, we highly recommend Williamsburg Hyundai. Ask for Darnell and Larry for a truly great experience.

Free to you

We have many collapsed boxes, small, medium and large, plus several large boxes with paper inside. Free to anyone who can pick them up. Please call and leave a message or text to 757-897-1073.

Thank you

Thank you, James City County, for your quick response to my inquiry about getting the U.S. flag replaced at Veterans Clock Tower Park in New Town after the recent storms destroyed it. This is one old vet who always stands up for the American flag and appreciates what you did to allow her to wave proudly.

Thank you to the library for adding more movies to its busy schedule, but the offerings still don’t equate with the Naro in Norfolk. An educated and broadly experienced population such as we enjoy here surely can support a variety of “art” films, documentaries and second-run showings of outstanding movies that don’t make it to the Regal or Movie Tavern. Please bring back the movie theater we loved at the Kimball, only run it as a business.

Up in Washington

President Trump has done it again. We’ve got the USMCA agreement with Canada and Mexico, which is such an improvement over NAFTA. What a trader and what a businessman this man Trump is, and I’m so glad that he’s our president.

When an incumbent is running scared, he tries to hang his opponent onto Nancy Pelosi’s coattails, as though she were some evil witch. And when that doesn’t work, he tries to claim that his opponent is in favor of universal health care, which a great majority of the people in this country actually favor. I hope he loses.

On Sept. 25, President Trump gave a speech to the United Nations. It was only broadcast on NBC at 11 a.m. The news programs on Wednesday and Thursday were only covering poor Mr. Kavanaugh and his phony accusers. Yet, certainly a major speech by our president to the General Assembly of the United Nations discussing ideas important not only to the United States, but to the 200-plus countries of the United Nations should take precedence over a soap opera accusation. What has happened to our journalistic standards?

The president should expect some loyalty from his advisors, but when they are sworn in, the members of the Cabinet swear to serve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, not grovel at the feet of a dictator and lick his boots, hoping they’ll get favor from him. They are employees of the American people first and they should put the American people above all.

Schumer and Feinstein, as Jews, should be ashamed of themselves for not supporting President Trump. President Trump and the Republican Party have proven to be stanch supporters of Israel, while Obama and the Democrats not so much. All Jewish Americans owe this administration their support or they should be considered a traitor to Israel.

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