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Last Word on safe walking, Dec. 13

Safe walking

Please refrain from blowing leaves in the street where people walk and ride bicycles. Hickory nuts, gum balls, acorns and sticks can be hidden and cause a bad fall. Leaves can be blown into the woods, bagged, recycled, shredded or vacuumed.

W&M opportunity

Since William and Mary students and faculty are doing "real work" on real research, are any working on diabetes? Seems to be an expanding, dreadful disease. Perhaps the super bright minds at William and Mary can learn why.

Revitalization

How relevant is Kathleen Parker’s recent column about people moving to working farms, and small towns — which are being revitalized, with help and guidance from National Main Street Center Inc., and available grants. And here we are in a beautiful tiny city which is losing shops and restaurants, hotels, and even the movie theater and treated "as the public auditorium,” the Kimball. What a shame Williamsburg is choosing the wrong direction. Once people get used to going other places for meals, shopping, entertainment, they might not come back, even if things change a lot eventually.

Colonial Williamsburg

After 25 years of parking in the free parking areas of Colonial Williamsburg, I received a ticket for over-time parking, thanks to CW's new financial initiatives. While I was spending my money at CW venues, I am ticketed. I guess they won't miss my business or my volunteer hours. Yorktown, here I come.

All locals know that crowds are crazy, lines are long and parking is atrocious at the Grand Illumination. We deal with it. But, when Colonial Williamsburg relegates their own "World Renowned Fifes & Drums" to dark spots beside the stage, it's gone too far. Why bother even including them in the Grand Illumination at all? A lit stage with mics — apparently — is only for contracted entertainment acts. It's beyond disappointing.

I’m just wondering how long the powers that be in Colonial Williamsburg and in Williamsburg are going to allow the president and vice president and now two more vice presidents to rake the money off Colonial Williamsburg while they lay off all of the low hourly wage employees. It just seems counterproductive and stupid, and I’m wondering how long we’re going to put up with it.

Looking for …

Is there any hairdresser in the Williamsburg area who gives the old fashioned razor haircuts to encourage, rather than discourage, curly hair?

On Friday, Dec. 1, during my morning walk at the Warhill walking trail, I found a set of keys — house and vehicle keys. Keys that had a dog tag with a saying on it and a tag for Rocky.com. If they belong to you, email me at uosanchez@outlook.com.

For the person looking for a calligrapher, consider Michael Podesta of Graphic Design in Suffolk. His work is unique.

Looking for someone who can repair rush seating in a chair. Call 561-379-7349.

Road worries

I must be getting old. I can remember when the left hand lane of multi-lane roads was called the "passing" lane, and was only used by drivers to pass slower moving vehicles to their right. Many now see the left hand lane as the "camping" lane, in which they mosey along mindlessly while being passed by motorists on their right. This is dangerous, but the slow moving drivers in the left lane are blissfully blind to the danger. Why?

Once again, large dump trucks are racing down Fenton Mill Road and Rochambeau on their way to a site near the Croaker interchange. It's really unsafe for the neighborhoods they pass through. I wonder whether the trucks' drivers are trying to avoid I-64 because the loads are overweight?

Mail problems

This morning, I stopped by the Monticello Avenue Post Office to mail a package at the self-serve machine. It was a 5 oz. packet envelope, but the scale weighed it as 15.9 oz., which caused me to over-pay because the self-serve machine wouldn’t allow me to delete the item. I had to return an hour later when the post office opened to be able to go through the process of having the package weighed properly and a refund issued. Be watchful using the self-serve machines.

Protected land

The president's desecration of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments by reducing their sizes so that private companies can exploit the natural resources under them is the same as allowing Exxon to frack the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to recover natural gas from the ground below.

Taxi service

To the Last Word writer who laments that taxis are not waiting on them at the Williamsburg train station: Unless you live in a large city, such as New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, traditional taxi services are not what people are depending on these days for point-to-point transportation. Services such as Uber and Lyft are what people use now. A ride can be prearranged ahead of time, or summoned on the spot, to get you from the train station to wherever you are going and at very reasonable prices. It's simple, using your smartphone to arrange and pay for them. Try it!

Panhandlers

This is in response to the reader who commented on panhandlers. I don’t know how this person — the panhandler — is going to get a job at a job placement place. If he doesn’t have a car, how’s he going to get there? Perhaps the commentator can give him a ride or hire a taxi or maybe Uber. I’m sorry, but that suggestion was just ridiculous. Please think about it. Thank you.

Recommended

We moved into a new home in Williamsburg four years ago and wanted to have landscaping lights around our home and driveway. We selected Knight-Scapes Lighting and Irrigation Control and have been very pleased with the results. Jeff Knight and his crew provided the installation in a thorough and professional manner. His crew also provides an annual inspection, which includes adjustments, if necessary, as well as cleaning the lenses of the lights. We highly recommend Knight-Scapes for any of your architectural and landscaping lighting design; they can be contacted at 757-898-3053.

If you have jewelry needs this season, for either purchase or repair, do yourself a favor and visit J&M Jewelers. They are located at 2229 Richmond Road, in a small shopping center near Snow to Go and Gizmoe’s. Their service has been exceptional. Phone number is 757-565-4407.

Great soft serve has come to town. I had heard that a new retailer/mom and pop had arrived on Merrimac Trail and were serving the best soft serve and shoe fly pie. I told my wife I needed to go to the grocery store and instead, dropped in on Shoefly. The soft serve is great. Now I need to head back to the auto parts store and stop in at Shoefly for the pie. Welcome to Williamsburg.

Thanks to Chris and Zach for installing our new American Standard heat pump system in our home. Our original system was 12 years old and not efficient anymore. If you need a new system, I highly recommended them. Chris can be reached at 804-815-2093.

Kudos to Paul's Deli in New Town. George and his staff did a wonderful job accommodating and serving my office party of 30 people for our Christmas celebration. The patio seating allowed our group a private room for socializing while we enjoyed our meals. We will definitely be seeing them the next time we plan a gathering.

Not guilty?

How is it possible for the jury in San Francisco to reach a not guilty verdict on the illegal alien who murdered Kate Steinle? How is it possible? I grew up in the San Francisco area. It’s gotten crazier and crazier out there. Unbelievable! Well, is she alive? No, she’s dead. Was the person brutal? Yes. So, how do you come up with not guilty? That’s how badly they want a sanctuary city. If they said that this man was guilty, which of course he is, then it would show that their sanctuary cities and their protecting him is crazy. Which, of course, it is. I feel sorry for her parents and her family. It’s as bad as saying O.J. Simpson wasn’t guilty.

Thank you

Ace Peninsula Hardware's Toys for Tots fundraiser and toy drive was our best ever this year. We raised more than $10,000 this year and our toy drive was very successful. The U.S. Marine Corps attended our annual Christmas open house, along with Santa, with treats for the kids. A special thanks to all our customers and employees for making this year a huge success. It gives our staff a good feeling to know we are helping others.

Thanks for the $15 gift card you passed on to me in line at Trader Joe's. That melted my heart. I bought a cake to share at the volunteers' breakfast that everyone will love. You are a doll and a big blessing, whoever you are.

Our sincere thanks to the wonderful woman who turned in our credit card, which I had dropped in Harris Teeter on a recent Sunday afternoon. We are so grateful.

Guns

I believe it'd be great for public safety if guns were legal for women to carry and not legal for men. Everyone's first reaction will be that this would be unconstitutional, unde ther "equal protection" law that is so endearing to Americans, but Google "U.S. Constitution/Public Safety" and you will see that it would be entirely legal, as public safety is the goal. This is made possible by what is known as "The Elastic Clause," which allows constitutional law to be bent when something very urgent is involved.

Tight development

Considering that the CSX Railroad tracks through James City County from Toano to Lee Hall are only 100 feet wide and about 30 miles long, what you would have is the world’s longest, narrowest strip mall. And I can promise you, CSX transportation would not be willing to bury that piece of property with their own money. So, pony up to the bar, put your own money where your mouth is and propose to pay for the change.

Tax plans

It's becoming increasingly obvious that the GOP plan is to create deficits so large that Medicare and Social Security will have to be cut in the near future.

The world’s two biggest myths: The Earth is flat, GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility.

Parent’s work

Over the past 23 years we have adopted many wonderful animals from the Heritage Humane Society and fully support the fantastic work they do. We make a sizeable contribution on an annual basis. We recently received their winter newsletter and were very saddened to see that one of the cats in the shelter has been “returned to us because the kids stopped caring for her.” What kind of parents are you folks? You have the opportunity to teach your kids life skills: accountability, responsibility, compassion, empathy and caring for God’s creatures, and you totally dropped the ball. And, if your kids stopped caring for the animal, that’s where you step in. Pets are not disposable. Now, you have taught your kids a very different kind of lesson. You are contributing to the self absorbed, “me first” attitude that is very prevalent these days.

Up in Washington

I would bet I have been to church 18,000 times more than Trump and I find it personally offensive that he is now saying thanks to him I can say Merry Christmas again when I have never stopped saying it in 60 years.

The president said he had to fire Flynn because Flynn lied to the VP and the FBI. And I wondered, who else has lied to the VP and the FBI? Thank you.

General Flynn's prediction of his getting jail time in his speech at the Republican National Convention is about to come true. Let's hope that the tap on the back of the hand in court is an indication that the disgraced general is singing before the grand jury like the soprano in a Verdi opera.

I always call and talk about our president, so I’m taking my hat off to him. I found out that he donated his check, sometimes to different charities. So I didn’t want let that to go past and not even take my hat off to President Trump. So, I’m sorry. I’m glad to find out that you’re doing something good to benefit the country. Thank you.

Let me see if I have this straight. The Republican-controlled Congress Impeached President Clinton on obstruction of justice. Many of those who were involved are still there. Now that it looks like the current president is facing charges of obstruction, his minions are arguing that since the Executive Branch oversees the Justice Department, he cannot be prosecuted because the DOJ is under his oversight. If this is the case, then the Republican Party and those in Congress need to stand up publicly and apologize for how they treated President Clinton.

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