A recent letter raised questions concerning the Constitutional provision that only a "natural born citizen" may be elected President. Williamsburg's own St. George Tucker, a leading authority on terms used in the Constitution, wrote in 1803 that the natural-born-citizen clause is "a happy means of security against foreign influence." The term is today generally held to comprise all people born subject to the jurisdiction of the United States including those born in the United States, those born to U.S. citizen parents in foreign countries, and those born in other situations meeting the legal requirements for U.S. citizenship "at birth." Recent candidates whose eligibility was questioned include John McCain (born in the Panama Canal Zone), Barrack Obama (born in Hawaii), Ted Cruz (born in Canada to a U.S. citizen mother and a Cuban immigrant father), and Marco Rubio (born in the U.S. to parents who were not citizens at the time of his birth).
Last Friday my mother fell in the parking lot in front of Chickadees and Barefoot Floors in the Pavilion Shopping Centers. Within minutes there were three men helping to assist her. We ended up at Sentara's Emergency room where she received excellent care from Dr. Lessner-Boesler and nurse Marissa. Thank you to all the good Samaritans and compassionate health care providers in our town.
My husband and I had a late lunch Sunday afternoon at the new Honey Butter in Norge. When it came time for the check, we were informed that it had been "taken care of by a gentleman." What a wonderful surprise! Our world has been consumed by hate and violence ... but there is love and kindness also. We plan on "paying it forward." Our hearts are filled with gratitude given by an anonymous stranger. Thank you.
The ordinance in James City County that allows for open parking in front of private residences regardless of ownership was adopted during a more courteous time, when people respected the privacy and space of others and would never consider heaping their unwanted clutter on their neighbors. Sadly that time is no longer and too many neighbors feel not even a twinge of guilt about parking their cars, boats and trailers in front of homes owned and maintained by others. Despite the fact that this behavior infringes on the rights of homeowners to freely manage and enjoy their own property, the county offers these taxpayers no legal remedy. The county expects homeowners to quietly tolerate other people’s junk in front of their homes indefinitely. The county needs to change this antiquated ordinance.
I would be remiss if I did not send you a comment on the wonderful work that I just had done by Ron Davis in Williamsburg. I recently had my living room set re-upholstered by Mr. Davis and words cannot say what a wonderful job he did and just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. He got it back in time that I decided to get my dining room set done as well. Everyone that came to Thanksgiving dinner thought I bought a new living room set and could not believe it was the same one I already had. They are the best!
I belong to a group of Williamsburg consignment /resale enthusiasts. Others have named their favorites, so we would like to add our recommendations. Make a “triple play” in one stop by visiting Williamsburg Pavilion Shops on Richmond Road in Lightfoot. There you will find a bargain hunters paradise in our three favorite resale stores: Snag A Deal Family Outfitters, Sugar & Spice and Chickadees.
Cards for soldiers
To whomever suggested sending Christmas cards to soldiers at Walter Reed, while the suggestion is admirable, due to safety concerns, only addressed cards (i.e., to specific recipients) are accepted by the post office. To send cards to wounded soldiers in general, reach out to your local Red Cross to see if they support sending cards to wounded veterans through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Additionally, the facility in DC has closed, merging with the facility in Maryland, so the address provided was inaccurate in any case.
Tate still a museum
Just because something is printed in the newspaper does not mean it is true. I am amazed the lengths to which climate change deniers will go to extrapolate a lie and from it infer what Britain's role will be in the climate change conference in Paris. The lie that the famous Tate Modern has been retrofitted to become the old Bankside power station can easily be disproved. Go online and find Tate opening hours, free admission and the three closing days around Xmas.
A former deputy prime minister of Australia has warned Aussies against traveling to the U.S, as people are 15 times more likely to be shot dead here, per capita, than in Australia. As a patriotic American I am ashamed of how we look to the rest of the world. We go on week by week with more shootings, and all we do is say we will pray about it. They did something about fixing their problem. We don’t. Read this: http://tinyurl.com/qdws87j
Obama in Paris
For the person upset with our President and, I repeat, our President, going to Paris to attend a climate change conference: He’s probably right. If we don’t control climate change, we won’t have to worry about the Islamic terror group. There will be none of us left to worry. And, oh, that proves one thing about our President: Unlike many politicians in this country, he can walk and chew bubble gum at the same time.
Finished with football
I do not like football any more. I have come to the conclusion that it is a game that promotes a concussion of at least one-third of the players. We have let the game become "I will hurt you before you hurt me." I believe it must change to be worthy of my attention.