Don't know whether the UNC/U.Va. or W&M/UR rivalry is older, but I do know the oldest small-college rivalry in the South happens today, Nov. 12, between Randolph-Macon College and Hampden-Sydney College. It's so fierce that the only thing that really matters is not an overall season record or an NCAA playoff appearance, but which team wins The Game. Go Jackets! But I am a bit prejudiced and bleed lemon and black.
Wait for Christmas
Not to be a Scrooge, but Christmas advertising and marketing come much too early, and earlier every year it seems. So many people I talk to say the same thing. Give us a break! Most would like not to see Christmas decorations and advertising until after Thanksgiving Day. Maybe a survey or poll would measure the feeling on this subject? Just my two cents worth.
I really, really, really like the idea of a silent protest in the Sunken Garden. Silence is golden!
I believe we always have some white people who will never trust a black person, and some black people who will never trust a white person. This causes problems in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Helping sick and old people requires a lot of trust from the patient. I believe a solution for the problem would be to hire people who match the color of the people you are trying to help. This solution is fair if you include this requirement in the job description.
Recently in The Virginia Gazette classifieds, I learned about two cats, Carey and Cairo, 10 and 13, who had been delivered to the vet for euthanasia because the owner's new wife, whoever you are, does not like cats. Thanks to God, there are people like Avril, who stepped in to save these innocent creatures. Her number (757-869-5639 in case you missed it) was posted in an effort to re-home them or help if it is in your heart. They are being boarded at Anderson's Corner Animal Hospital, 566-2224.
I kept waiting to see if someone else would make this comment, but since they didn't: I believe you could be charged with animal neglect (four counts), if you take those helpless kittens and abandon them in a "nice neighborhood." If you don't, you should be. You risk the lives of the kittens and upset the balance of the feral cat community. In most areas, if you're lucky, there is someone who traps them, spays and neuters them and returns them to the area where feeding is done by that person or another human contact. These people work very hard trying to keep everyone vaccinated and sterilized so that kittens don't occur. While you have them, please, do the right thing. Find them homes or take them to a shelter.
Charity Navigator, which is the most respected of the charity watchdogs, had put the Clinton Foundation on its watch list.
The president and Hillary Clinton would have you feel that there was nothing to the FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation, but that's not true. The investigation's been going on for over one year, and what's come off is new information that's high priority. It's in the white-collar criminal division right now, and the agents have already collected a tremendous amount of information from people involved in the Clinton Foundation for corruption. And now there's an avalanche of information, and people are singing like canaries.
Needs a clean up
Could JCC and the Kristiansand Homeowners Association please address the overgrown and dead hedges along their park on Astrid Lane? The overgrowth and dead trees, bushes, and weeds are overwhelming. It harbors snakes, rodents, and the dead debris falls into my yard. Please take care of your property. It is a hazard and a eyesore as it stands. Thank you.
Free to you
Does any person/teacher need Styrofoam boxes with lids with or without ice packs, egg cartons or cylinder oatmeal boxes with lids? Please call 757-345-0775 and leave a complete name and phone number so that I can get it and copy it down. Thank you.
Photoshop 6 and 7 training books and 20 VHS training tapes are available free of charge. Please contact (the Last Word at) The Virginia Gazette for information.
To the person looking for help signing up for Obamacare: I strongly suggest you look elsewhere. Like most Democratic Party programs, it promises you much, costs a lot and gives you very little, almost no coverage with extremely high co-pays.
As a retired federal employee, I want to know where I can get the "health insurance paid for by our taxes" mentioned in the Nov. 9, 2016, Last Word. I pay $104.90 a month for Medicare Part B, and $197.23 a month for self-only FEP Anthem BC/BS.
Looking for …
I'm in need of a portable oxygen concentrator. I am going away for five days in December, and I would like to rent or lease one, if it's convenient to anybody who has a used one. Please call me at 757-565-2469. Thank you.
Looking for someone to take an old gas grill to the dump. Call 870-8953.
To the person looking for help setting up their computer, smartphone, or TV: I'm available to help! I'm back hanging at my parents' for a few months and am always answering their technology questions. They seem grateful for the help; maybe I could show you how to use your new gadgets better, too? Text me at 757-880-2249. Thanks.
The guy who comes to your home to repair garden equipment is Joe's Mobile Service. Nice guy and great prices.
To the person looking for the information on lawn mower repair: His name is Glen Ayres, 757-784-0774, of Cardinal Small Engine Repair. He is mobile. Please give him a call. He is reliable and inexpensive.
In response to "Research help" inthe newspaper: I've had stem-cell replacement twice — see if I can answer this person's questions or any other questions. Have them call me, Tim, at 229-2738. Thank you.
Worth the trip
As a long time knitter, I am delighted that Williamsburg has a new yarn shop located at Williamsburg Crossing Center on Route 199. Flying Needles recently opened and has a fabulous choice of yarns to knit or crochet as well as classes and Open Stitch times for enthusiasts. There's always someone at Flying Needles to provide assistance with those knotty problems. Check it out.
We couldn't afford a super fancy cake for an event that we had, so we bought one at the Farm Fresh on Merrimac Trail. Veronica, a very talented cake decorator there, took my order. With great skill, she drafted what I wanted on it. Not only the cake tasted delicious but it looked like something out of a gourmet magazine. It was divine!
Thanks for the help
While driving on Route 199 on Thursday afternoon, our right rear tire blew out. We got off onto the shoulder and began to change the tire, but it wasn't going well, as I am 80 with a bad back, one knee replacement and the other knee in bad shape. Just then, James City County Assistant Fire Marshal Greg Thompson stopped and came to our aid. In 10 minutes, he had changed the tire and we were on our way to the repair shop. Thank you so much, Greg, for rescuing us and our car and for being there when we needed help so badly.
Thanks to the person who wrote the article in the paper, in the Last Word, about naming our schools. She's exactly right. We had so many wonderful, dedicated teachers at Matthew Whaley. We are certainly so, so proud of every single one of them. There are some wonderful names — Jeanne Etheridge, of course; Mildred McKey, Eunice Hall, Mr. Ray Free and Mr. George Hicks. A school would be honored, and we would be honored, to have a school named after one of our teachers from Matthew Whaley. Thank you.
My daughter had her wedding at Kingsmill last Saturday and Williamsburg Florist did the flowers. I have never seen such beautiful arrangements, and the flowers were incredible. And my only wish is that I lived in Williamsburg and I would visit Williamsburg Florist at least once a week. I highly recommend them. They were wonderful to work with. Elgin was amazing. Again, I highly recommend them. Thank you.
Getting in shape
For people looking to get in shape: I highly recommend checking out Results Performance Training in the Williamsburg Shopping Center. I've been going for several months and have been so happy with the personalized training within a group boot camp experience. We're of all different ages and sizes, and I truly think it's a hidden gem in Williamsburg.
Newsflash: Donald Trump has promised to spend the first five seconds of his first day in office telling the generals all he knows about ISIS.
Is Tim Kaine delusional when he stated what a great accomplishment Hillary made by being the first woman to be elected the Democratic candidate for president? Hillary's competition was a crazy, old socialist, while Trump had to go up against 16 intelligent people. Hillary also lost the presidency, the Senate and the House, a loser by all means.
The majority of Americans have now made it clear: They want their country back. Hillary has once again failed; even with Obama campaigning for her, the minority vote wasn't enough. Obama will go down in history as one of — if not the worst — presidents in U.S. history. Obama's list of failures are many: Obamacare, the Iran deal, the forming and not defeating of ISIS, the list goes on and on.
Word on the street in Washington, D.C., is that they're looking for free luggage to pack the bags of all those incompetent Obama appointees whom Trump will fire, starting with Loretta Lynch and James Comey.
Finally in President-elect Donald Trump we now have a president who cares for the majority of the people in the United States. Hillary Clinton ran a campaign that pandered to the minorities; that strategy was a tired one that finally failed. Obama will go down in history as one, if not the worse president in American history, as he did nothing for the minority communities, let alone the majority of the people in America. Obama's failures are unprecedented: Obamacare, the Iran deal, the handling of ISIS, etc.
Now that Trump has been elected president, the racists, the bigots and the xenophobes in this country should be celebrating in the street, but six months from now when the truth sets in, they're going to look back at this year and think of it as the good times.
Some years ago, there was a musical on Broadway entitled "Fiorello!" in which there was a song called "The Bum Won." The first line goes, "Who would have thought that the people would go to the polls and elect a fanatic?" The next line goes, "People can do what they want to, but I've got a feeling it ain't gonna crack it."
Hail to the people! The people have spoken. They were fed up with the establishment, and they performed an American Brexit. They defeated the pollsters, the press and they succeeded. Hurray for American voters!
Yes, now we have a president that's going to be a uniter of all people and not a divider. Thank God for that.
On Inauguration night, on Jan. 20, the first guest in the Lincoln bedroom, under the Trump administration, is going to be Vladimir Putin.
There is just no way Donald Trump won the election because CNN polls told us for months that Clinton would win.
The election results were not what I expected or desired, but that's OK. We are blessed to have a democracy where the people's votes count. Let's now unite, heal and make America even greater.
The profound sadness expressed by so many Democrats is the exact sickness I have felt for our country for the past eight years. I am once again hopeful that the outlook for our future will be brighter.
The election showed what happens when teachers are forced to teach to a test instead of teaching critical thinking skills. We elect a con man/entertainer.
Nov. 9, 2016, was a sad day for America. Remember, you reap what you sow.
Trump's been saying that the system is rigged. I guess he's right. Although Hillary received more popular votes than Trump, he still won. Can you imagine his reaction if it had been the other way? How lucky we are. Mr. Whiner-in-Chief becomes our next president.
Peter's Principle is in play today as Hillary loses the election. Goodbye to the Clinton crime family, which includes the son-in-law who established a hedge fund in Greece and when it went belly up, the only one who did not lose money was him. His father is still in prison for embezzlement. So happy for our country; God bless America!
Melania Trump wants her platform as first lady to be focused on cyberbullying. She is married to the biggest cyberbully of all times. I hope she has explained to her 10-year old son that it isn't OK to call women dogs, Miss Piggy or "nasty woman." And that it isn't OK to make fun of people with disabilities. Hopefully, now that her husband is the president-elect, he will start acting more presidential and stop using such terms and using four-letter words. I fear for our young children and what they are hearing.
Let me give you a woman's perspective on Hillary's concession speech. You did not lose because you're a woman. You lost because your ideas are terrible. That's why I voted against you. I don't agree with your ideas; I don't agree with what you want to do with this country. That's why you lost. And the same goes for President Obama. I was not opposed to you because you were black. I could care less. I didn't like what you did and what you stood for. I didn't like what you were doing to our country. I didn't like the way you ruled and reigned as president. I hate when Democrats lose and they say, "It's because you're a racist or you hate women." We're neither racists nor do we hate women, especially those of us that are women. You lost because we don't agree with you.
The Wall Street Journal reports that some 60 billionaires and millionaires accounted for $213 million, or 57 percent, of the $370 million super PACs backing the presidential candidates spent through October. Roughly 85 percent of that cash went to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Her funding runs counter to the Supreme Court's ruling in the the Citizens United case, that it would give Republicans a financial advantage. Donald Trump self-funded much of his candidacy. Are there more wealthy Democrats than Republicans?