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  • 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...

  • 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....

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  • 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...

              • Last Word on Comey at W&M, Jan. 24

                Last Word on Comey at W&M, Jan. 24

                Correction An earlier version of this article included a comment that incorrectly stated that The Williamsburg Inn has been awarded the Forbes' 5th 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,...

                  • Last Word on snow days, Jan. 20

                    Last Word on snow days, Jan. 20

                    Empty trolley I like the picture on the front page of a recent Gazette — the trolley is almost empty. It is usually empty. What a waste of money. Mixed message Now I am confused. To the person who wrote, “I really wish commenters would stop pontificating about what the Bible states — if that is...

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                      • Judge: Man accused of murder can represent himself

                        Judge: Man accused of murder can represent himself

                        A man charged with first-degree murder will be allowed to represent himself in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court. Michael Alan Webb, 35, had pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his mother Edna Webb at an arraignment held in January, where the judge had declined...

                          • Superintendent presents budget proposal at WJCC School Board meeting

                            Superintendent Olwen Herron presented her proposed 2018-2019 school year budget and changes to next year’s program of studies at the Williamsburg James County Public Schools School Board meeting on Feb. 20. Herron said her budget proposal focused on employee compensation and student needs. A three...

                              • Wednesday high temperature could be record-breaking

                                Wednesday high temperature could be record-breaking

                                The last time it was this warm in February in Williamsburg, residents were watching Winter Olympians go for the gold in Sochi, Russia. A record-breaking high temperature of 78 degrees is in the forecast for Wednesday in the Williamsburg area, according to the National Weather Service Tuesday afternoon....

                                  • William and Mary students share their art work in public exhibition

                                    William and Mary students share their art work in public exhibition

                                    A public reception was held Monday night for the William and Mary Art Majors Exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center. In this show, graduating students from the college’s studio arts program displayed pieces of their artwork from their capstone course. Part of the studio arts capstone is having...

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