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Last Word on a great kindness, Dec. 16

Great kindness

Recently, a dear friend of mine who lives in a senior living facility had some money removed from her apartment. The person who removed the money left a few dollars behind, but it was not enough to have my friend’s hair done that day. Sgt. Byron Evans, who responded to the incident, paid money out of his own pocket for the hair appointment. Sgt. Evans, I want to thank you for your kind deed. Even though this situation was upsetting to my friend, the one thing she keeps going back to is your extraordinary kindness. I pray that God blesses you for your kind act. You are a great representative for the police force and I want to thank you for not only taking care of my friend, but for your service to the community.

Last chance!

The Murdocks send many thanks to everyone who has come to enjoy our Christmas display in The Meadows during the past 30 years. It has grown every year with new handcrafted, hand-painted decorations. This is our last year. Santa will be here, on site, from 6-8 p.m. Sunday. We are asking for donations of cat and dog food to help out the animal rescue Taste of Heaven, in Charles City. Hope you can come and see. Thanks again to all who have seen and enjoyed our big display.

Great programs

Thank you to our wonderful library and their Dickens month and Dickens Christmas. They did a fabulous job and worked so hard. They even ordered real snow for the fun night.

Medical deduction

Medical deduction is an element of the new tax bill that will be up for discussion. The medical deduction started in 1942 to help Americans deal with what lawmakers called “extraordinary” costs of medical care. Currently, anyone can deduct medical expenses that account for more than 10 percent of their adjusted gross income. The Senate bill would change that to 7.5 percent of income for this year and next; however, it is eliminated in the House version, arguing the tax overhaul would be so beneficial, individual provisions such as the medical deduction would no longer be necessary. This is not the case for those that really have ongoing, expensive medical care needs. We all know someone who needs round-the-clock care: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson patients, young accident victims, assisted-living patients. This is predominantly used by those who have lost their ability to earn. Medical care is only going up. Eliminating the medical deduction raises $10 billion a year — about 7 percent of the cost of reducing the tax rate for corporations from 35 percent to 20 percent. Please tell your congressional representatives that the medical deduction is important. Speak out for yourself and those that cannot.

Safe walking

Walkers, take note: Now that it is dark by 5 p.m., please protect yourselves with glow strips or neon clothing to make yourselves easily visible. With headlights glaring from the opposite direction at peak traffic times, it is impossible to see you until it may be too late. My husband came uncomfortably close to hitting someone last night — we want to prevent accidents at all cost, but please do your part.

Accentuate the positive

In reading the Last Word today, I noticed so many negative comments on the decorations in Williamsburg, and I thought this world would be such a nicer place to live if people just had more praise and less criticism. I think the Inn looks gorgeous, and I think the skating rink is a valued thing that gives young people something to do in this town. Just try to be more positive and not so negative, everybody.

Local discrimination

I’d like to report something that I feel is eliminating my ability to attend “The Nutcracker” at Phi Beta Kappa Hall: I do not own a computer. Well, this is my choice and I realize that. However, in an effort to go and see these beautiful and talented students, I have tried to contact the Phi Beta Kappa ticket office, but to no avail. Surely they could find someone to answer the phones and make these reservations. However, I guess I won’t be able to see it again this year and I am not going out and buying a computer. I will just go to some of our local churches and enjoy their wonderful Christmas music and also attend the concert done by Robert Hodge, our local and wonderful talented young man. Thank you.

Who knew?

I was unaware that mobility scooters were street legal. I just watched one going down Second Street, turning into McDonald’s.

Make the offer

How was your Thanksgiving? I am 76 now and I do not really mind living alone, but there are a couple of times a year that I would really like to be with other people, namely for the holidays. I don’t mean I need to get up with the children and help them open presents, but at least being invited to share a Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner would be nice. But now and then holidays come and go with no invitation. People say, “Well, you know you are always welcome here,” but that puts one in the awkward position of having to invite themselves. Yet after the holiday, a few people will remark, “If we had known, you would have been welcome here.” Well, now you know. With Christmas coming up, if there is someone who you think might be alone, invite them. Even if they are already going someplace else, it will make you feel better for having done so.

Looking for …

Lost: Gold wedding ring at Target on Monticello on Dec. 5. The name “Robyn” is inscribed on it. Ring has been through 35-plus years of marriage and means the world to me. Reward offered. Contact Bob at 757-293-8644.

Can large computer monitors (not the flat screen variety) be donated for re-use, other than to organizations which will recycle their components?

I am looking for someone with a truck-mounted tree spade. 757-784-3036 or mayorwuz@hotmail.com. Thanks.

Is there a meditation group meeting that doesn’t combine with yoga in Williamsburg?

For the commenter who requested information on joining a Rotary Club: There are three in Williamsburg. (1) Williamsburg Rotary Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings for dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge, (2) James City County Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays for breakfast at the Kingsmill Golf Club and (3) The Historic Triangle Rotary Club meets at noon Wednesdays for lunch at Colonial Heritage Clubhouse. Mike Jallo, our district membership chairman, will be happy to assist you in the next steps to join Rotary. Mike’s contact information: jallo@cox.net or call 757-258-2854. Thanks for your support.

Looking for a roofer who can find an elusive leak, which only appears intermittently after several days of rain. Please leave a message at 757-570-7257 or in the Last Word.

I have a stopped up sink. As far as I can determine, all I need to do is open the pipe under the sink, clean it out and reattach it. I could do the job in probably 20 minutes. Problem is, I can't get any kind of wrench to loosen the pipe. Is there a very reasonably priced plumber or handyman who can come and do a quick fix? Please leave your info here. Thank you.

There is a Peninsula ukulele group called "PUPs," Peninsula Ukulele Players. Come join us. We have members at all levels of ability. It doesn't matter if you have never touched a ukulele before. Check us out on Facebook. Look for PUPs and/or Peninsula Ukulele Players.

To the lady who was looking for more purple poinsettias: You can get some at the Lowe’s store on Rochambeau. Thank you.

I want to know about the International Club. If anybody has any information, please let Last Word know. Also, there used to be the American talent show on TV. I can’t get it any more. So if anybody knows which channel it comes on, please call the Last Word.

There’s a local dry cleaner that’s lost a special jacket. Please leave contact information to identify the jacket with Last Word and I will get it to you. Thank you.

Inspection stickers

I wonder why they don't consider the top right or left of the windshield. Most vehicles now have a very large blind spot caused by the large "post" plus the rearview mirror location. Seems like this will make it worse.

Great basketball

The William and Mary men's basketball team and head Coach Tony Shaver deserve high praise. Coming off the graduation of the Tribe's winningest class in decades, the team was picked 8th in the CAA preseason poll. Coach Shaver and his players are exceeding those expectations, with early nonconference wins over Old Dominion and George Mason, and the advanced development displayed is evidence of the great effort these guys and their coach have obviously committed toward their on-court success. Come out to Kaplan Arena to watch the Tribe move the ball and shoot the 3 like poetry, you won't be disappointed.

Not our business?

This question comes from someone who is a dog-loving person. I’m reading in the paper about the dogs being saved from slaughter in Korea, and I’m really wondering what this is about. We all eat things in some areas of the world that you wouldn’t eat in another place. How would we feel if Hindus came and decided that we shouldn’t eat cows? So, you know, what right do we have to say that someone should not eat dogs? This is not just happening in Korea. It happens in the Philippines. This is their meat; this is their protein. I love dogs, but I’m just trying to figure out this discussion and why this is something that we need to be involved in. Looking forward to comments.

Welcome back

After an absence of two full months, the whole range of missing birds was in my backyard and at the feeder this morning. Cardinals, Blue Jays, Titmice, Brown Creepers and Chickadees, to mention a few. So glad to see them again.

Free to you

Cleaning out my stash. Free to any knitter: four grocery bags of yarn, both wool and acrylic, in many colors and weights. Call Betsy at 757-208-0240.

Baldwin model 195 organ; Currier upright piano. Located in North Carolina; Free to good home. You pick up. 757-565-2022.

Wooden chest with small baby doll and many handmade doll clothes, including bridal gown, nightie and robe, fur coat, pants and shirts. Call Betsy at 757-208-0240.

Thank you

Thank you, W&M students, for your amazing commitment to service. You continue to amaze. You fill our school with tutors and mentors and you provide meals across our city to those in need. You volunteer at every local nonprofit. We are lucky to have you in our midst.

Panhandlers

Watch some of these panhandlers. Some of them rake in more money than you or I. Sorry to say this, but it's true. And if they really wanted to work they could contact any one of our several sources in this area who would help them, i.e, United Way, Salvation Army, Community Action organizations. I suggest donating to these organizations rather than to these individuals.

Complain, complain

It's amazing to me, a local, that people complain about the Grand Illumination. It's a free event which is loved by many. It costs several thousand dollars and is a great tradition put on by Colonial Williamsburg. Stop complaining and be grateful that we live in one of the most beautiful places in this wonderful country.

Kimball Theatre

With the recent performances of Good Shot Judy, I am convinced the Kimball Theatre will continue to be a valuable resource to the Williamsburg community. Experience was wonderful.

Health care

The commenter is right that the American people will see a tiny little savings as a result of the repeal of the mandate for health care. On the other hand, they’re going to see massive increases in their health care bills as hospitals continue to pass through the cost of taking care of the uninsured. If Congress really wants to do something about uninsured people, they should allow hospitals and doctors to deny care to those who are uninsured and cannot pay the bill in cash at the time of service. Hell, restaurants don’t feed you if you can’t afford to pay for the meal.

No fires here

We live in a wooded area of James City County with a heavy leaf bed under the trees. The house is on a corner of two streets. There are regularly cigarette butts tossed from cars onto the parkways. Keep your butts! We do not want West Coast-type fires to start here. Take your cigarette butts home or keep them in your car and dispose of them safely.

20/20 hindsight

In looking at the city, and having looked at it for 20 years lovingly as well as critically from an aesthetic view: what zoning decisions made years ago look good now? Which shouldn't have been approved then or now? Just curious. Most travelers will say they find themselves returning to places they see as attractive, clean and flourishing.

Grocery bags

What I’m sure is the most expensive grocery store in the Williamsburg area has no recycle bins for plastic bags, even though they offer them at the checkout. I have contacted the corporate headquarters on Sept. 6 and also on Sept. 9 and I was told that they would put it under advisement. But still there is nothing there and we are looking now at Dec. 14. So I don’t think they care. You can take it across the street and go to another grocery store or go down the street. I think if they offer it at the checkout, they should at least have the courtesy to control our environment. They offer all kinds of organic foods but no place to recycle their plastic bags.

A must-see

I encourage folks in the Williamsburg area to go to Binn’s Department Store to take a look at the Nativity of Mercy that’s on display through Christmas. It’s absolutely one of the most gorgeous things of creation that I’ve ever seen by a human being. It comes from Milan, Itlay.

Consumer protection

A recent commenter stated that the Consumer Protection Agency was credited with retrieving $12 billion for consumers. I assume the writer was actually referring to the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. This agency, created in 2011, has a work force of 1,623 federal employees not counting contractors, has an operating budget of more than $600 million per year, just completed a $139 million renovation of their headquarters, which is too small to house their bloated bureaucracy, so they are looking for additional buildings in the D.C. area. The $12 billion the previous writer identified cannot be verified since the settlements reached to date total significantly less than $3 billion. Just another federal agency operating without any Congressional oversight with a bloated bureaucracy more intent on self preservation than protecting consumers.

Keep it neat

Can anyone say whether anyone plans to cut the weeds in "Historic Green Springs?" It may have been cut in early summer, but not since then. If we were to let weeds grow to that size on our personal property, I'm sure one of these agencies would be quick to issue a citation. Eyesore!

School funding

I am under the impression that when they started the lottery in Virginia, the unclaimed winnings and other money they made would help the schools. But the way they’re talking about schools on the TV on the news tonight — where is the money going?

Recommended

For all of your framing needs, you need to check out Leslie at Colonial Custom Framing. She is a very talented artist, reasonably priced and does phenomenal work. Leslie and her son are wonderful people, too. Olde Town Square Shopping Center. 757-208-0767.

As I was browsing and purchasing a bulb set at Ace Hardware on John Tyler, five salesmen asked me if I needed assistance. The next visit, the bulb set did not work. I brought my wreath to the store and the manager checked it out. He decided it was the wiring. He suggested they give me a new set of lights at no charge. He called me when it came in. That pleasant experience reminded me of the old days of special, individualized service we were accustomed to. Ace made my holiday shopping happy and bright. My wreath works now. A big thank you to everyone at Ace.

I happily recommend classes with the Williamsburg Learning Tree. They have dozens of subjects — finance, food, exercise, health, languages, music and much more. To register, call Suzanne at 220-6830. Thank you.

If you need your clock repaired, contact Tasse Clock Repair. Bob Tasse repaired my Herschede grandfather clock and Seth Thomas mantel clock. Neither clock had been working for years. He had to make new parts for the grandfather clock. He is a true expert on repairing clocks. His telephone number is 757-634-6914 and he lives in Toano. I highly recommend him.

Mail carriers

To the commenter who said we should be more considerate of mail carriers: Remember the mailman’s creed, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." That’s their job.

Federal aid

Once again California is on fire and will be requesting millions in federal funds to fight the fires. If I were President Trump, I wouldn’t give California a cent until they agree to follow Federal law pertaining to illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

Guns

To the person who wrote in stating that “the NRA is a threat to my family’s lives”: You can remedy that by buying a gun to protect them; words alone can’t stop a bullet.

The National Rifle Association is the oldest continuously operating civil rights organization in the United States. It is a non-profit that advocates for gun rights of American citizens as identified in our Second Amendment. It is a lobby group not unlike Planned Parenthood except with one notable difference — the NRA has not racked up the body count that Planned Parenthood has.

Road worries

I would like to know why people who are getting off the interstate think they have the right of way and get where you can’t move over or let them ease in. Then they think they should be able to pull right out in front of you. If cops want to get somebody, that’s where they need to sit — they could write a lot of tickets. They should turn off their cellphones and pay attention to their driving. That’s what our great, new governor should do, is put a restriction on — no phones while driving. Thank you.

Immigration

Why are so many first- and second-generation Americans against illegal immigration? The only way I can explain it is if you go into New York. In New York, there are enclaves of neighborhoods that are Chinese or Japanese or Polish or German or Italian or Greek or different South American countries or Ethiopian — just pick a country. Yet if you go into the small businesses, they all have U.S. flags along with their country’s flags. They don’t forget their food, dance, music or their religious beliefs. Yet they want to be citizens — that’s the goal, to be citizens and support America. They send their sons and daughters to serve this country in the military. We see illegal immigration as a bad thing for America. Those who want to come to this country need to learn the language. It’s hard, but you do it. You may speak your native tongue in your own home, but you do business in English. You accommodate the country that you’re in. They swear allegiance to the United States, and their number one goal is to become citizens.

Up in Washington

I started wondering why all the president’s legal folks are shouting as loud as possible,”The president cannot be charged.” Charged with what? They must know what he could be charged with. Why tell folks this president cannot be charged if he has done nothing to be charged with? By the way, the sentence for treason is death by hanging. Google up treason and see how many possibilities there are.

The president and his followers need to remember that Agnew was convicted of criminal acts he committed while Governor of Maryland prior to becoming vice president. He was removed from office and sent to jail. The current president can suffer the same fate once the special prosecutor follows the facts back to the feet of the president. This is why his minions are screaming at the top of their lungs that the investigation is flawed and the FBI is in tatters.

Sen. Chuck Grassley suggested that we shouldn't borrow trillions from people like the Communist Chinese to give a tax cut to those that spend money on booze, women and movies. It apparently should go to people who play golf a hundred times a year.

Haven’t you figured it out? Republicans love deficits. When they’re in power, they use them to fund giveaways to their ultra-rich donors, and when Democrats come into power, they use them as an excuse to cut the social safety net that protects the least among us. So, either way, the deficit is good for the Republicans.

Trump wants to go the moon and Mars. We need to find more people to borrow money from because everyone here on Earth is about tapped out.

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