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  • Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

    Last Word on sales tax increase, Feb. 28

    Sales tax increase I don’t appreciate the sneaky way this tax hike is being motored through to support tourism and another-named slush fund. Please list the names and phone numbers of who we can call in Richmond for York, James City and Williamsburg to let our voices be heard. Thank you. Editor’s...

  • Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

    Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

    Sales tax increase Instead of a 1 percent sales tax increase to feed the tourism oligarchs, how about an increase to promote affordable housing for the people who do the work that runs the tourism industry in the area? Seems like the Chamber of Commerce, JCC Supervisors and the Williamsburg City...

  • Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

    Last Word on Florida shootings, Feb. 21

    Florida shootings A question for Congress: Why is the possession of assault weapons more important than school children's lives? Don't those children have a right, under the Constitution, to live full lives, in liberty and in the pursuit of happiness? I’m in high school and I’m scared to go to...

  • Last Word, Feb. 17

    Last Word, Feb. 17

    Shooting in Florida To all those who write in demanding rights to carry in schools, churches and other public places: do you also demand similar rights for convicted criminals, the mentally ill and those with restraining orders? Should they be allowed to build up arsenals of assault weapons? Anyone...

  • Last Word on harassment, Feb. 14

    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...

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  • Last Word on workforce housing, Feb. 10

    Last Word on workforce housing, Feb. 10

    City taxes Here we go again, as the Williamsburg City Council looks to raise taxes after its annual retreat. The city manager can’t offer a specific reason why he anticipates a reduction in revenues from the meal and room taxes. The mayor and council members keep looking for ways to increase our...

      • Last Word on tourism taxes, Feb. 7

        Last Word on tourism taxes, Feb. 7

        Tax for tourism I think the proposed 1 percent added sales tax for James City, York and Williamsburg is a big crock. It’s a complete, unfair burden to the citizens to have to pay this to fund tourism. Why don’t they keep doing like they’ve been doing? They’ve got taxes on the rooms and meal taxes....

          • Last Word about CW finances, Feb. 3

            Last Word about CW finances, Feb. 3

            Williamsburg budget The Virginia Gazette's recent reporting on the Williamsburg City Council discussions on potential tax increases and the need to add a new position to administer the new Tourism Development Fund is very revealing. If the city ran like a business, as revenues decline, the focus...

              • Last Word on an angel, Jan. 31

                Last Word on an angel, Jan. 31

                Met my angel I had a very important doctor’s appointment the other day and stopped at a store for water on my way. I got back to my car and it wouldn’t start. I cried because I could not get to the appointment. Then my angel called, “Ma’am, Ma’am.” I looked and she offered me a ride. I had to take...

                  • Last Word on the shutdown, Jan. 27

                    Last Word on the shutdown, Jan. 27

                    Williamsburg Inn On Wednesday, Last Word published a comment that said The Williamsburg Inn had been awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Fifth Star. The Inn was awarded the AAA Five Diamond designation in November 2017, one of just 120 hotels in North America to hold this distinction. However, Forbes...

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                      • National Weather Service issues heat advisory for Williamsburg region

                        National Weather Service issues heat advisory for Williamsburg region

                        With temperatures expected to rise into the mid-90s and the head index going as high as 104 degrees Tuesday, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Williamsburg region. The heat advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The high temperature is expected to reach 94...

                          • William and Mary Digest for June 20

                            William and Mary Digest for June 20

                            On Father’s Day, honoring a legacy and a unique presidential bond Taylor Reveley III and Taylor Reveley IV share not just a name, but a distinction unique in the history of American higher education. Not only do they anchor a three-generation family of college presidents, but for the last five...

                              • After brain surgery, student-athlete inspires Warhill Class of 2018

                                After brain surgery, student-athlete inspires Warhill Class of 2018

                                Juan Spence should not have been at his high school graduation. After a car accident the summer before senior year, the Warhill track star should not have even been alive. Surgeons gave him a 5 percent chance of survival. Five percent was enough. After four brain surgeries and 64 days in the hospital;...

                                • Lafayette Class of 2018 told to be fearless, determined

                                  Lafayette Class of 2018 told to be fearless, determined

                                  Student speakers extolled the virtues of fearlessness and determination during the commencement ceremony for Lafayette High School’s Class of 2018 Saturday. Looking out at her fellow graduates from the stage set up in William and Mary’s Kaplan Arena, Madison Meredith encouraged her peers to face...

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