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Last Word on road worries, July 21

Tactical range

This note is in reference to comment attributed to Mr. Curtis in the article titled " Barhamsville residents relieved tactical facility nixed." "I don't think y'all have ever asked (for my side)," Curtis said Tuesday. Mr. Curtis, with all due respect, your side was represented in your request for a conditional use permit.

Looking for ...

Where is Janet that used to work for Cindy? She is the only one that I like cutting my hair. I went to the salon to find out she was not there, got my hair cut —thought anybody could give me just a simple haircut. Wow, was I wrong. The worst haircut ever. I need Janet.

Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg will gladly accept the donation of two walkers. Hospice Support Care allows members of the community to borrow walkers or other medical supplies free of charge. Please contact them at 757-253-1220 if you have any questions. Thank you.

A lady is looking for something to do with her quilt. I have seen people take a piece of the quilt and frame it because it’s just too old to work with and do anything else, and that might be a suggestion. Frame it and put it on the wall and have it.

Hi. My name is Ethel Krinick and I’m replying to the ad in your Last Word about some walkers — someone’s looking to donate them. I have a person who distributes them to needy people. Her name is Margo Drucker, and her phone number is 595-0220, and she needs all kinds of emergency equipment like this. Thank you.

In regard to the Free to You ad for moving boxes in Wednesday’s Last Word: The phone number should be 956-358-3399. Thank you.

A chain necklace was found in the James-York Plaza parking lot in front of Dollar General and Dollar Tree stores. Exactly describe it and claim it. Contact me at 757-221-8010.

I would like to get into beekeeping, and I was wondering if there was anybody in the community or anybody who could send me in the right direction — a bee club or a mentor to help me learn how to work with honey bees. Thank you.

I would appreciate any recommendations from anyone who has had success with a good plumber. Thank you.

Can anyone recommend a local A/C duct and vent cleaning company they have been happy with? Thank you!

Lost: A prized, single pearl ring (gift from husband) on Tuesday, July 17, at Carrot Tree, Restore, a local thrift store, Fresh Market or Party City. If you found it, please call Kate at 757-259-4623. $25 Reward. Gratefully.

The lady that needs a quilt repaired can call me. 757-871-3120.

Road worries

The proposed roundabout at the intersections of Richmond Road, Lafayette Street and Monticello Avenue looks like a fiasco waiting to happen. I live in Aura Apartments. There is a one-lane roundabout, which I sit and watch from the fourth floor. Even with light traffic — primarily between Harris Teeter and Riverside Hospital/Route 60 (parallels Route 199, so most traffic is on that) — people don’t know what to do. Many come to a dead stop even though no other cars are already in the circle or even in sight. Other drivers barge into the circle when someone is coming around and think that person will stop. I can’t even imagine a two-lane traffic circle. It might be like the MTA song, with Charlie going around under the streets of Boston nonstop.

The Interstate 64 signs advertising gas, hotels and food for Williamsburg are overcast with a blackish film and this is only noticeable when driving a night. Some of the signs are difficult to read and need to be cleaned. Who is in charge of cleaning or maintaining the signs?

Who is responsible for mowing the weeds at Historic Greensprings, located on both sides of Centerville Road between John Tyler Route 5, and Monticello? It has not been cut for over a year, and looks like it is being let to go back to nature.

Yes, compliments to the James City County for the right-turn lane over from the Winery or Rawls Byrd onto Route 199 — great job! However, sitting here at Airport and Mooretown, maybe York County could do the same for a right-turn lane onto Mooretown Road—it is backed toward town. That would eliminate a lot of the backlog back to the railroad tracks, which is an accident waiting to happen. Thank you.

Just the facts

The liberals’ press forces their thoughts on us how the president needs to handle high-level negotiation at the Russia summit. Why can’t they just report the facts and let us decide? The Last Word lets us all share our unedited thoughts so each of us can make up our own minds. Thank you, Gazette.

Warner and Obama?

Did Sen. Mark Warner ask Obama to cancel his face-to-face meeting with Putin where he told Putin to “cut it out” after the cyber attack against the Democratic National Committee? What did Warner say when Obama let Russia take over Crimea? Warner, please start representing Virginia values by putting country over party and make America proud again.

Solution to brush fires

As a firefighter, I hear the fire department respond to brush (mulch) fires along the roads where inconsiderate smokers throw their cigarettes out the window into the mulch. This causes the fire departments to respond in $750,000 trucks to put out the fires. Sometimes they will respond several times a day. If the counties or the highway department would replace the mulch with river rock, this would eliminate mulch fires and putting our firefighters in harm’s way. Also, rock doesn't have to be replaced every year, thus saving the county money. This idea could be used at shopping centers near the entrances of the stores. If rock doesn't strike the fancy of the landscapers, dof.virginia.gov/fire/firewiseva can help with ideas or they can contact the Virginia Department of Forestry for ideas.

Thank you

I have to send a big thank you to the wonderful people at Virginia Green Lawn Care. After only three applications, they turned our mess into a beautiful green lawn. If you want a fantastic lawn do not call anyone but Virginia Green.

Thank you, Frank Shatz, for your July 18 commentary in the Gazette. A few years ago, we were in Amsterdam and visited the Anne Frank home. Easily, it was one of the most moving experiences in my 70 year life. Watching people leaving the home, one was struck by the fact that people remained speechless so long. On the flight home, I read the Anne Frank book and was moved to tears especially with the last chapter. Hatred and bad leadership are two of civilization’s greatest evils.

Fox & Friends

The commenter supporting Fox News condescendingly supplied a definition of bigotry to defend the presence of that network in Colonial Williamsburg. I would gently ask said commenter to look up the definition of partisan and entertainment and mull the implication toward Fox News. While you are at it, make a stop at hypocrisy and you may realize why you can’t be taken seriously.

‘Trumpcare’ just fine

In response to the individual with questions about “Trumpcare”: My monthly premium has gone from more than $500 to $67. My insurers came to me; I did not have to go to them. I’m happy.

Affordable housing

Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program. To read in VG that they are delivering to families living at Family Inn, Pineapple Inn and Americas Best Value Inn? Really? Families who need food for children are living at motels/hotels? What is the price per night for families? What is the zoning that hotels/motels are home to families not here on vacation? The accommodation of needy families needs new attention and thinking. Whether higher wages so that all employers are in the same situation and we consumers pay more for what we buy? Serious low-income housing?

With the frequent pointing out of the homeless or near homeless families living here, the number of children on school meals, the lack of reasonably priced homes here, it is dumbfounding that the city would be entertaining bringing in more businesses who would be looking for low wage earners ... is this the best the city can do? Are existing businesses doing so well that they'll thrive with more competition?

Recommended

I just recently went to the Arcade at Go-Karts Plus and had a blast. The Arcade is clean, modern, has great games and was packed with families having a great time. They also have a snack bar called “Fernie Mae’s Pitt Stop” and Fernie Mae actually served us ice cream. The Hershey’s cherry was our choice and so delicious. And then we found out that Fernie Mae is one of the owners. I highly recommend Go-Karts Plus for family fun, and especially the Arcade to get out of the hot summer sun for some family fun and snacks.

It was no surprise to me to read in the last issues the recommendation from various people about Joe Chauvin. I have availed myself of his services for over 20 years, and my friends and clients have equally appreciated Joe Chauvin. Not only is he a superb heating/AC professional but an excellent person. He has what we use to call "character." He can be reached at 757-253-2600.

I found a new chiropractor in Williamsburg through the Gazette. Dr. Steven Ruescher is a wonderful, caring doctor that is helping me with my back issues. You should give him a call if you are having any health issues such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches or pain in general. He is located at 5248 Olde Towne Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 757-345-3838.

For all you ladies out there, I highly recommend you go see Sharon at the Jockey Store located in Williamsburg Premium Outlets for the best undergarment fitting ever. I have shopped there for years and recently inquired about a bra fitting. Sharon, the store manager, helped me and I have never been more pleased with the garment and the results. Sharon has been there for 18 years and is so knowledgeable about what we ladies want in order to make our outfits look their best and also how to make us feel our best. I have been to several high dollar brand name stores for fittings and never gotten the superior results that I did with Sharon at Jockey. She is a true MVP.

Teacher retirement

Early retirement for teachers costs far less over a lifetime than having a veteran teacher “wait out” the 60+ years, especially for one who doesn’t have the enthusiasm to be there in the first place. Do the math.

Our teachers are dedicated, hard-working professionals who just happen to have the most generous vacation/time off of all professions both public and private. Enough said on this subject.

The caller who thinks teachers have the option to retire at 55 really needs to get their facts straight. Yes, we can retire early if we are willing to take about half of the benefits should we retire at 65 or 70. Every year we retire before age 70 equals to less benefits to take home. We also lose our health insurance when we retire with W-JCC so there goes our retirement fund right there. Finally, the retirement income teachers receive through the VA Retirement System (VRS) is nowhere near enough to live off of so those of us with no other funds and no spouse will be forced to continue teaching the children of those who continue to show no respect for teachers and who have a complete misunderstanding of our “benefits” well into our 60’s and 70’s.

Missing lectures

Riverside Regional Medical Center used to have monthly “Doctor Is In” lectures at Riverside Doctors Hospital in Williamsburg and Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News. There have been no lectures since mid-2017. Have they been discontinued?

Keeping the lights on

I don’t believe the lights on Lafayette Street are timed and I don’t think they should be. There are times when no cars are waiting to enter or cross Lafayette for many minutes, and if timed the lights would have to change several times for no reason. The firehouse must also be considered. I recall one time early in the morning. I entered Richmond Road at College Corner and didn’t hit a red light through Anderson’s Corner, because there were no cars at any of the cross roads with lights, and as I was traveling slightly above the speed limit, I would not have been in sync with the city/county timing, I would have hit at least one red light.

Yes. This message is for the persons or person in charge of synchronizing the lights along Monticello Avenue. You forgot one. After coming through five of the stoplights on Monticello and stopping at five stoplights, finally there’s a green one. I think you made a mistake. You need to change that so I can stop at all of them. Thank you.

Who do I contact about the light on 2nd Street and Page not turning green and about a street repair? The light in the early mornings will not change for traffic turning from Capital Landing Road onto 2nd Street even with no other traffic in the area. This has been an ongoing issue. Also, the ramp onto 64 across from the Naval Weapons Station on Rt. 143 is horrible, bumpy, and makes vehicles swerve and bounce badly because of how damaged the ramp is at the entry point.

Way to go Tribe

Congratulations to the W&M basketball program for achievements on and off the court. They are an exciting and competitive team on the court and are only one of 43 teams to receive the National Association Basketball Coaches Excellence Award. The Tribe embodies what college basketball should be — scholars playing for their school. As a longtime season ticket holder, I have watched Coach Shaver and his staff produce winning teams while maintaining high academic achievement. I have seen kids come into W&M grow and leave as men. Great job, Tony, staff and players. I look forward to another great season.

Big business

We do hope our local government people, elected and staff, and all local residents will read and take seriously the line about "as public dollars shift to Amazon and away from local independent suppliers or even national chains with local stores, cities are undercutting their own local economies," from an article on page 7 of the July 12 Daily Press. It's bad enough that so many people are buying from other than local stores — has anyone shopped recently and seen more than a small number of shoppers in any of our stores? Our stores pay wages and taxes which help keep our community solvent! Sending your dollars outside will only raise your local taxes to make up for the closing of local stores.

No senior rates?

Why aren’t senior rates offered at Little Creek Reservoir? I am on Social Security and the rates are too high.

Move along please

I am a resident of Bristol Commons. My community has recently undergone a trauma. Please be considerate and not make the situation worse by driving through our neighborhood to check out the remains of the building.

Beware of scams

An official-looking envelope SCAM from CarShield makes it sound as if your vehicle protection is soon to expire. It's marked “Important” and to respond immediately. This was funny to me as my vehicle is over 20 years old and doesn't have this kind of coverage. I've received several of these mailings, and it is a scam. Because it looks so official, it could fool many persons. Beware.

Yet more scams! We just got a "Immediate response requested" all in bold black caps, informing us that our vehicle service contract needed to be activated, or "you'll be responsible for paying any repairs"...I called the dealer to ask about this and learned third party venders send out these notices, and they are not honored by car repair places, i.e., it's yet another SCAM! Please don't assume any request for your information or action is legitimate!

Helsinki Summit

We now know why Donald Trump wanted to have a private meeting with Putin. It was to thank him for meddling in the election so Trump would win. When Trump said ‘the election is rigged’ during the campaign, he knew what he was talking about, unlike what comes out of his mouth now. Just what does Russia have on him or is he paving the way for business in Russia when he is no longer president?

The VP's address this afternoon should receive an Oscar for the best supporting bald faced lie presented with a straight face with his comments over the president's actions in Finland.

Great summit with Trump and Putin. One of the things discussed was an end to selling uranium to Russia. That agreement was done by Hillary Clinton, that we would sell 20 percent of America’s uranium to Russia. That was agreed upon by the previous president and there were those in Congress that had no problem with that. So that has been put to an end. By the way, the Clinton Foundation received millions from Putin prior to that agreement. That is finished and done with. Great conference. Now we can deal with Russia to help fight terrorism. We can deal with Russia on a more appropriate presidential level, and hopefully, we’ll never agree to sell them our uranium again for weapons.

Message for Benedict Donald from a former Republican voter: Your main job is to protect America, make America great again. Please resign. Shame on those who still support him.

From today onward, the president's daily intelligence briefing should consist of nothing more than the opening line from the PBS program, “Mr. Roger's Neighborhood”—It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood."

After the meeting in Finland today, let's get Robert Mueller to add treason to the list of crimes committed by the president.

After the Trump-Putin meeting, fear has gripped me. I am now afraid of what Trump may do, afraid of his decisions and afraid of Russia's hold on him. I feel we are absolutely in danger.

As an 82-year-old veteran, I can never remember being so embarrassed to have a commander in chief that has treated our country and our allies in such horrible ways. To me, this shows how much of a puppet of Putin we now have in our White House. I blame our members in Congress like Scott Taylor, Rob Wittman and other Republicans that continue to support such treasonous behavior.

Trump admires strong men. He must think Mueller is much stronger than Putin. He had no problem meeting for over 90 minutes with a war criminal but is scared to death to meet with Mueller for any length of time.

I hope all you Trumpians were proud of your president in Helsinki. That thug Putin cleaned his clock while Donald insulted his own country’s government. As a patriotic American citizen and veteran, I have never been more ashamed of one of our leaders.

Two political comments from last week. 1. Republicans in Congress would rather lose the country than lose an election. 2. GOP now stands for Guardians of Putin.

On July 27, 2016, Trump asked an enemy of the state to commit espionage against people of the United states. Treason.

With the 12 indictments of Russian operatives into hacking the Democratic Party and state election computers during the 2016 election, the "witch hunt" cry repeated like a parrot in a cage by the president no longer holds water.

Up in Washington

After reading the newspaper and watching the news, I’m firmly convinced that some of these politicians in Washington, D.C., are a little bit confused. They seem to think we work for them. We do not work for them. They work for us. They’re paid in federal funds where people pay in federal taxes. And, furthermore, I certainly think that there need to be more women running for public office because some of these over-rated gas bags in Washington are not doing what they’re supposed to do. They’re just terrible. So we need to elect more women at the midterm elections and get them in public office, and I think they’ll do a much better job than these guys are doing now.

It is amazing what a gigantic ego can accomplish. LeBron James hijacked the NBA and ended up being the star of an ESPN soap opera with the broadcasters spending all their time on him. Donald Trump hijacked the United States and is working on eliminating all the work and accomplishments of the leaders of the 20th century and the Greatest Generation that made America a leader in the world, allowed the people to grow and have individual liberties and even those programs that made Trump a successful businessman. All of that must go because he believes it was bad. All of this from him because we had grown enough to elect an African-American president.

The news is reporting that Trump did nothing in asking NATO to pay their fair share. Macron said, “Well, we don’t have anything other than what we agreed to four years ago. That’s the point. The reason it’s called a “fair share” is because you agreed to it. Here’s my question to Macron: Have you paid what you agreed? No. Have the other countries paid what they agreed? No. So this is what Trump said before, behind closed doors that’s being reported in Europe. Trump said, “You either pay what you agreed to, your fair share, or we pull out and we’ll do something else because you are relying on us to pay the difference so that NATO can effectively work.” Here’s my answer to Macron: Just pay your fair share. You agreed. You make an agreement— then follow through. That’s how it works in business. If somebody agrees to pay you a certain amount for your house or your car or your business, then they’ve agreed to pay and you expect them to pay. It’s pretty simple.

As a taxpayer of this country, I resent taxpayers’ money paying for a lying president to go overseas and make a big show of himself as being a dictator like the others—like Putin, his good friend—and ruining our credibility with other countries that are our allies. Who, in the Republican Party can stop this man? They are as guilty as he is for condoning everything he wants to do and does do.

As an Independent, I hope our nation survives Donald Trump. He loves the baloney that high school graduate Sean Hannity spews on FOX; claims that North Korea poses no nuclear threat anymore even though its nuclear development continues while it accuses the U.S. of using gangster tactics to try to make it stop; thinks Putin is “fine” even though we all know Putin tampered with our 2016 election and, with Comey’s inappropriate letter to Congress, swung it to Trump; and gave himself and the other top 1 percent a massive tax cut while our bridges, highways and other infrastructure need rebirth which would also grow construction jobs.

Trump's lawyer must have a ton of evidence to turn over to the feds. Trump's behavior in Europe and then going to meet our enemy Putin is like a 6 year old that knows he's about to be punished, so he breaks a few things and then sticks his tongue out on the way.

In more reserved times, the behavior of many of the Republicans taunting FBI Agent Peter Strzok on July 12 would have resulted in meetings on a dueling field with pistols or sabers. Trey Gowdy, the chair of the farce, would have been first in line to have to defend his insulting behavior.

I’d why to know why there has been any consideration of charging Donald Trump with kidnapping and abuse of thousands of children that have been held in their hold. Thank you.

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