Last Word on harassment, Feb. 14

Looking good

To whoever is decorating Lake Powell Road and Brookwood Drive with decorations: They look amazing. Can’t wait to see what you put up for Easter.

This is harassment

I worked at a big box hardware store. Every day, the male customers would make degrading sexual comments to any of the women. The women compared notes and there were several married men asking for sex, trolling for a weak link who would agree. Comments on my breasts, the way my jeans fit, requests for sex, how a woman shouldn’t work in a man’s job was an everyday experience. What did the management do? Said make them happy. Joke along with them. Disgusting.

Free to you

Artist moving and downsizing, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24, 5801 Persimmon Place in Rolling Woods: acrylic paint, books, paper including watercolor, stretchers, cut mats, mat scraps, silk screen kit, Artograph, art clay. Years of “art stuff” too numerous to mention. Come and get some.

Free packing boxes for anyone who can come to pick them up. These are book boxes, which means they are large enough to hold a whole lot, but not so heavy that you can’t pick them up. Please call 240-538-1704. Thank you.

That’s a big one!

That pothole at the Monticello post office is big enough to have its own zip code.

Looking for …

Can anyone tell me where I could get 100-year-old negatives processed locally?

I’m calling about a Last Word comment about the crocheted small afghans that a lady wanted to give to an organization. We have an organization at our church called the “Sewing Sisters.” We can use them to take to nursing homes and people that are less fortunate. You can call me at 876-6749. I’d appreciate it.

To the person looking to give away crocheted afghans or clothes: You might try the Heritage Humane Society. They give away a small afghan or blanket with each adoption. Thank you.

To the person looking for someone to do pruning and mulching: Give Bubba a call at 757-509-1298. He is honest and very reasonable. He has been doing work for me for years.

To person looking for an Aveda stylist: Try Posh Salon on Monticello (Target shopping center). I’ve used Lexi for highlights and cuts since moving here last year. She does a fantastic job, as do all the stylists.

I was wondering if anyone in the Williamsburg area who has M.S. has taken Ocrevus. I have M.S. and have just been approved for it, but I am afraid of the side effects of the medication. If you have taken this, and are willing to talk to me about it, Please email me at maribakes832@gmail.com. Thank you so much.

To the person looking for an organization to donate small afghans and throws: Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters can use them in the NICU. We are trying to organize a local CHKD group — Colonial Circle — to assist in both fundraising and making the blankets, dolls and pillows that CHKD gives to patients. If anyone is interested in participating, please contact ReplytoJUK@aol.com for further information about the Circle and for patterns for blankets and dolls. By the way, some of the sewing projects would be great for Girl Scout troops, or even for school sewing classes. Thank you.

I am responding to the caller who would like to donate small crocheted afghans. We would like to distribute them to infants and toddlers. The caller can email volunteer@cdr.org or call 566-TOTS. Thank you.

Do you know how to play Euchre or wish to learn, but haven't met anyone else who knows what you are talking about? Well, you're in luck! The Williamsburg Euchre Group is looking for euchre players. If you are interested in playing euchre with a fun, non-competitive group, contact Marsha at mrober1@cox.net for more information.

Recommended

Priority Nissan' Service Department consistently offers great customer service. With "Priorities for Life," state inspections and oil changes are free. Ask Jeannette for the latest scoop on high school basketball. Priority Nissan is conveniently located on Richmond Road, across the street from Harris Teeter.

A big shout-out to Conscientious Carpet Cleaners (564-0201) for a great job. They came into a real mess and left it looking like new. Very efficient and knowledgeable.

Litter problems

Cranston Mill Pond Road is a winding, but much-used cut through from Jolly Pond to Chickahominy Road. But it seems some see this road as a dumping ground for their trash. It is continuously littered with fast food cups, bags, paper, bottles, etc. Someone recently even unloaded their mattress. To those who feel no sense of guilt in doing this, I can only think of the old saying, “Were you raised in a barn?” Do you have children who will emulate your actions as acceptable behavior? If James City County was smart, they would invest in some video cameras, install them along Chickahominy Road, get license plate numbers of the offenders and issue a fine of $500 and four hours of picking up trash. They could give the money to our schools, which can always use money for projects and learning materials, and let the students know where that money came from.

Guns

Recently, there was an incident at a restaurant in Cleveland where a uniformed police officer was told he had to leave because another customer said she was afraid because she saw the officer’s gun. The manager of the restaurant went and told the police officer that their establishment was “a gun-free zone.” Have you ever heard of something this stupid? If anything, the complaining customer should have been told to leave the restaurant. Maybe the next time it will be a criminal intent on robbing the place who will not want police on site.

I wouldn’t enter any private establishment that declared themselves a “gun free zone,” as that place is nothing but a target for criminals. Let’s use some common sense! If you were a criminal, which place would you think of robbing first?

I'm perplexed by those writing in against reasonable gun control. I've lived in a country where handgun ownership was illegal. I was often asked what it was like to live in a violent society like the U.S.; frequently they would ask, "Is it safe to go outside?" After a mass shooting in the 90s, Australia reacted by reforming gun ownership laws in a way that maintained handgun ownership rights and reduced gun violence. Shame on the NRA and others for preventing exploration of reasonable, win/win solutions.

Road worries

Who is responsible for King’s Way? The road that leads to Riverside Surgery, the road that connects Route 5 — it is despicable. It is full of huge pot holes and many, many people travel on King’s Way every day. The road is a disgrace. Thank you.

This is in reference to VDOT cleaning the ditches but not the culverts over on Hickory Sign Post Road. That’s what they do. They don’t do complete jobs. Drive down west of Anderson’s Corner. They spent almost a week down at the bottom of the hill, clearing bushes out, stuff, down past the barbecue place and they didn’t clean out the culvert. So now it holds just as much water as it did before, and they cut the shoulders down on the westbound side to get water off the road, but they didn’t cut shoulders down on the eastbound side where the water was standing. They need to outsource VDOT because a contractor would have done that job in probably a day/a day and a half tops. It would have been finished, and it would have been done right.

Tax cuts

As referred to previously in Last Word, if business is booming, unemployment is the lowest in many years, and jobs are going unfilled for lack of candidates, why did we just give business $1.5 trillion to help them? If they are already doing fine, what is the point?

President’s parade

I’m a Vietnam veteran who spent 18 months in Vietnam. How can this president of the United States, Donald Trump, say he wants a parade after he got five deferments during the Vietnam conflict? Why can’t anybody stand up to this man and tell him to sit down and shut up? I lost a lot of friends, a lot of guys got killed over there while his money was keeping him from serving this country, and now he wants to talk and brag about how proud he is of the United States military? Please, somebody, tell this man ‘cause you got a lot of veterans right now who don’t like this guy one bit.

Our beloved, supreme leader wants the U.S. military to hold a parade on the style of Russia's or North Korea's parades in Washington, D.C. The 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War would be the perfect time for it. Since the estimated cost will be in the tens of millions of dollars, he should reach into his billions and pay for it. If he is as rich as he brags to be, the parade costs would be pocket change for him.

Trump has ordered the military to prepare a military parade for Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. Trump wants the missile launchers, tanks, troops parading down the Avenue. Military jets flying overhead. He wants to be like his admired friends: The dictators of Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria, China and a smattering of banana republics all have their parades. He wanted the parade so bad for his underwhelming inauguration. Now Trump, the draft dodger, wants to play with his toys.

Stock market

To the commenter complaining about the few people in this country who own stocks: There are millions of Americans who, in fact, work for public corporations owned by Americans through the stock market. I suggest that those who don’t own stocks stop their criticism of those who do. Get a proper education, work hard and maybe you, too, can afford to be in the stock market.

Half the people in America have slept good the last two weeks. We are the ones who didn't gamble on Trump in the stock market.

The good thing about the Dow dropping 2,700 points in a little over a week is we won't hear Trump bragging about the market making new highs for a very long time.

Up in Washington

Shame on you, General Kelly. I thought you were supposed to bring military discipline to the White House chaos. Allowing the most sensitive information in our country to be handled by a man with a blotch on his security clearance (leaving him open to blackmail) is unbelievable. As a former military officer, I know the FBI asks friends and family about moral character when a person applies for a security clearance. Did we expect those ex-wives to lie when the FBI approached them for background information on Porter some months ago? Even a second lieutenant would have done better.

What ever happened to decent diplomacy in our country? Here we had a very sour faced, disrespectful V.P. Pence at the Olympics sitting down when the hosts came in. This wasn’t about Kim Jong Un – but the Olympians. We now look like a third-world country of goons. I’d be ashamed as a U.S. Olympian.

To those "horrified" by the "Democrats' performance at the State of the Union presentation," I expect they were also horrified by the same behavior among Republicans, including shouting "You lie" during one of Obama's speeches. I'm certain our founders would defend dissenters of both sides, and would be horrified by those, including our president, who call dissenters treasonous. As one who hoped Jeb Bush had been nominated, it is easy for me to sympathize with the Democrats’ frustration at the recent threats to our democracy, including these reactions to healthy dissent during Trump's speech.

In order for our Congress to operate at its full potential, we need to get rid of the filibuster. Listening to Nancy Pelosi drone on for hours is enough to make any sane person become comatose. What does the filibuster actually accomplish other than to put everyone in the room to sleep and waste the valuable time of our government leaders?

The reader was absolutely correct in stating how horrendous President Obama was treated. I guess the cardinal sins of a president wanting to bring health care to people, being condemned non-stop on talk radio for singing “Amazing Grace” during a speech at a memorial, or even having a “date night” with his wife is unacceptable to some. Apparently speaking of women in disgusting terms, being married multiple times, or having an affair with adult film “star” Stormy Daniels right after your current wife gives birth to your son is something that is OK and that we all just need to forgive. Google the clip of President Obama singing “Amazing Grace.” I am an 81-year-old white male Republican and that clip sends chills down my spine. Now tell me who is a model for our children and country.

To all the pearl-clutching Republicans who were "horrified, appalled, and disappointed" by the "deplorable and despicable behavior" of the Democrats because they didn't clap at the State of the Union address: I have one question: Where have you been for all the many years since the SOTU address was first televised? Clearly you and Trump have never watched in the past. It has become a tradition that the opposition party never claps. In fact, the only time an opposing side claps is if there is a bipartisan issue addressed in the speech. Google any of Obama's SOTU addresses and watch the Republicans sitting stone faced and not clapping ... is that also deplorable and despicable behavior?

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