Last Word on a season well played, Dec. 10

W&M football team and coaches deserve applause for a strong season.

Good season ends

Congratulations to the W&M football team for a successful 9-4 season! Coach Jimmie Laycock and his coaching staff should receive shout outs for a job well done. After all these years of coaching Tribe football, we are now asking Laycock to push harder to get to a championship title. It is great to have a winning season, but it is time for W&M to push Laycock for a championship. This means he and his staff needs to upgrade their recruiting efforts. Beating Richmond will be a big step forward. 

Guns

A previous writer appears to believe that the NRA is some nefarious organization responsible for the wholesale slaughter of Americans.  Though I may not personally agree with every position taken by the NRA, I do recognize that NRA has worked to preserve the rights of Americans guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment and upheld by the US Supreme Court which has cited both the 10th and 14th Amendments in the defense of those rights.  The NRA has led the fight for responsible gun ownership and demanded that Congress and the individual states rigidly enforce gun control laws currently in place.  The NRA has resisted placing additional restrictions on gun owners simply because current laws are not adequately enforced and additional laws and regulations have proved to be ineffectual as witnessed by the bloodbath occurring weekly in Chicago and Baltimore.

In not too recent years past it was rare to see a pick-up truck 'round here that didn't have a shotgun in a rack before the cab's rear window.  Times have changed. It's a rarity these daze 'cept in aged vehicles of working folk and the 'bucolics' that made this area a retirement attraction.  Now it seems as though a pick-up is the new shiny bright amenity loaded luxury vehicle for 'retired gentry' tryin' to project the image of the 'everyday southern folk' they've read and dreamed of in New Yorker, Southern Living or Garden & Gun magazine.

Looking for ...

Lost:  small blue bag. Contains two pair of unfinished hand knit socks. If found, please call 229-5679. Thank you.

Minimum wage

In debates about the minimum wage, we need to understand that raising the minimum wage shifts the burden of caring for a family from "we the people" to the employer.  We support families through food stamps, earned income credit, and Medicaid, to name a few.  The more a person earns, the less public assistance they receive.  So, when passionately debating the topic, realize that you are really debating who should be responsible and how much each should contribute to supporting a family—our tax dollars or the employer.

Fireworks

Worse fireworks ever. Would have had more excitement with backyard sparklers. Long delays between segments ... is Colonial Williamsburg cutting back?

Tattered flags 

As I drive around our county, I'm saddened to see so many US flags that are tattered, torn and in need of repair or replacement.   Even on our local government buildings, this is a frequent sight, multiple times in the last few years at the JCC courthouse.  What does it say about "We the People" if we don't take proper care of the very symbol that represents our country and covers the caskets of our fallen service members?   Our flag is a daily reminder of what an extraordinary country we are blessed to live in.  Honor our flag. 

Women in combat

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announced a landmark decision Thursday to open all jobs to women in the military. This means women are cleared to take combat roles.  It is expected that the Selective Service laws will be changed to require women over 18 to register for the draft. There is ongoing litigation requesting this change with at least two lawsuits filed. One suit, presented by the National Coalition for Men, is expected to be reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Pasadena, CA, on Tuesday. Are we ready to include women of eligible age to potentially be conscripted for duty in the military including combat? This would include women with families, if they are of eligible age, same requirements as for men.

Stryker building

I am ashamed at how long and how often people from our community are writing about the Stryker Center Project.  I can’t say that if someone asked me what I would want on that corner that I’d pick it, but I can be kind enough to take a few minutes to visit the site and look around at all that is going on there architecturally.  It is next to the library, the post office and the fire station, that while covered in brick, these buildings are in no way colonial.  The new design is pulling together the square shape of those buildings and the bright white of the Williamsburg Community Building.  It also ties in the angles of the monument/trellis between the library and the Stryker Center and  similar roofing materials on the Williamsburg Community Building and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber Alliance.  At this point, we need to hope that the people who vetted the plans made a good decision based on the usability of the design of the building.  And that the people who are constructing it are using quality materials and workmanship so it lasts for a long time.  And now, because this was reviewed and voted on long ago, we should move onto more important subjects regarding the future of our community. 

Terror attacks

The media reported that the San Bernadino attack is the worst in the U.S. since 9-11.  Not so--the worst since 9-11 was in 2009 when Nidal Hassan killed 13 and wounded 30 at Fort Hood.  The media probably does not count this one because the Obama administration would not allow the Defense Department or federal law enforcement agencies to classify it as a terrorist attack.

Cold laser treatment

A Last Word caller asked about cold laser for knee pain.  Anecdotally, I hear mixed reviews.  I do know that acupuncture has been very effective for knee pain, in my clinical experience.  Of course, your diagnosis will affect what treatments are right for you.  Find a good doctor you trust, and they’ll help you explore the options that are right for you.

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has spent $2.5 billion to establish the health marketplace exchanges and funded 23 of them in those states that elected to do so. We now learn that only one has made money and 12 of them are being closed by their respective Governors. What have we learned from this?

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