It adds up for the Last Word, Jan. 13

The Virginia Gazette
Caller suggests reader stop complaining and take some action.

A $265 million bill

Did I miss something? The Army Corp of Engineers says it wants to see proposals to "mitigate" the impact of Dominion constructing the $180 million Surry-Skiffes Creek 500Kv power line over the James River (17 towers, a couple up to 295 feet). The National Park Service comes out against Dominion's scheme. The director said the only "mitigation" course is not to build it. Now Dominion proposes an $85 million "mitigation" package, including funding for a number of projects for the National Park Service. The alternative route referred to as the Chickahominy Line was projected to cost $265 million. Either way, it looks like $265 million.

Take some action

In regard to the need to clean up the mattress on the lawn, why not call the city or county about the problem, versus the Last Word? You'll probably get a lot—well, maybe not, since I'm calling in. You'll probably get a greater response. Or, why not call the trash pickup, since people are allowed large items twice a year? Give the address and put the mattress out there. Actually do something about it. So, I mean, it really is disgusting. You know, I'm not blaming you for it being there, but there are a couple of steps you can take, you know, to get it cleaned up yourself.

Voter ID

I don't understand why Governor McAuliffe is challenging the voter ID. My mother-in-law never drove. She had a photo ID. You just go down to DMV and you get a photo ID. You can just apply for them in the mail and they will send you one. So, to say that because you're poor you can't get a photo ID is the biggest bunch of nonsense that there ever was. Has nothing to do with anything but fraud. The Democratic Party wants fraud. They don't want you identified. They want multiple votes going on, which has happened in other elections. They don't want it clear cut because they're scared to death they're going to lose. It has nothing to do with poverty. Zero.

Warm or cool?

On April 28, 1975, [in] Newsweek magazine there was an article called "The Cooling World" written by Peter Gwynne. Peter Gwynne issued a retraction for that article 39 years later and he apparently now believes in global warming. Do you think that's funny? It just makes me giggle. I think, "Peter Gwynne, it's typical. Why should we believe you? It's funny. Are your children going to put in a retraction on this one, 39 years from now?"

Handicapped parking

This is response to all the handicapped parking complaints. I am just so grateful and thankful I am healthy enough and I can walk the 10 or 20 extra feet to a store. And these people should appreciate their health if they're able to do that. Thank you.

God's work

I believe God put us here to help each other. We will make the world a better place to live if we would volunteer to help others in need. We would do more good if we loved others more than ourselves. We would encourage more people to succeed if we would stop judging others.

Guns

The President is right to propose a tightening existing federal background check laws for all firearm purchases. I've heard all the reasons that gun enthusiasts use to justify their reckless desire to keep America awash with personal weapons. One of the most repugnant is their slogan, "guns save lives." How does over 30,000 gun deaths per year in this country prove that claim? Sure, on occasion, someone may thwart bodily harm with the self defensive use of a firearm. But those instances are rare compared to the bloodshed resulting from homicidal, suicidal, or accidental deaths from guns. How does the leadership of the NRA conclude that an individual's right to almost unlimited access to firearms, including assault weapons, is more important than the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of this country? I wish President Obama success in his efforts to bring a little sanity to gun safety legislation.

I applaud President Obama for using an executive order to expand background checks on gun sales. Congress kowtows to the NRA and is afraid to pass any meaningful law that would raise the ire of the NRA. Money means influence and the NRA uses it to control our congressmen. The only people who should be afraid of gun background checks are criminals and those with mental problems. If you fall into one of those categories be afraid; if not, don't worry you'll get your guns.

Yes. They cannot blame Bush, or if they blame everything on Bush, how come there have been more mass shootings when we have a new president? They can't blame this one on Bush.

Republican voting

Yes, I just had a phone conversation with the state Republican Committee office and my question was, would we be required to sign a Republican commitment or whatever before you would be allowed to vote in the election? And was told, "Yes, as it stands, we will." However, you know, I think people like myself—a contrarian—I don't like to be told I have to do anything, and so I would think that the vote count that they get—how accurate will it be? You won't know how many people voted in there, and someone that is a Democrat signs the paper and just for the heck of it, to skew the numbers. I just don't think that this is a very good way to do business, because a lot of us who were Republicans are now Independents and, as it stands now, I would not sign it. Thank you. Have a nice day.

Looking for ...

Hi. A couple of weeks ago in the Last Word was listed the name of the laundry that cleans bulk items like quilts and sleeping bags. Would someone please list the name of the company and where it is located in Williamsburg and possibly a phone number? Thank you very much.

Anyone interested in back issues of Fine Gardening: I have some from 1999 to 2009. My number is 564-5863. Thanks.

I would like someone to embroider names on the tops of four Christmas stockings. If interested, please call 757-229-3074. Thank you.

We were wondering what happened to Sam's Club that was mentioned to be built next to Dick's here in Williamsburg. Is Sam's Club still coming to Williamsburg? Just a question. Thank you.

Our charity organization received a large donation of vintage magic magazines and magic tricks. Does anybody know of a magic club or organization that can help me out with these items? Thank You. 871-0200.

After sadly losing our beloved dog more than a year ago, we are close to again welcoming a new companion into our home and would appreciate any recommendations for a local veterinary office as our last vet has since retired. Thank you very much.

I would appreciate any recommendations for a reputable and experienced drywall professional who can evaluate and permanently repair a ceiling crack that continues to reappear months after each of my numerous attempts to fix it. Time to call in the cavalry!! Many thanks.

Furious Germans

Oh, my, my. I just turned on Deutsch World, German News, and there is Angela Merkel, furious that on New Year's Eve, in Cologne, in Germany, 1,000 Arab and North African men raped systematically—a 1,000, a gang of 1,000—assaulted and raped women on New Year's Eve. They are furious. The Cologne police has released a statement saying that they would tighten security, backing up Angela Merkel. Unbelievable.

President Obama

No academy award for the President! Have a blessed day. Bye.

Christmas closing

To the caller whining about Food Lion being closed on Christmas Day: There are a minimum of four Food Lions in this town. Maybe one of the ones you didn't go to was open.

Cable TV

Yes, I'd like to thank the people at Cox Cable for their exceptional service with this new box. The picture is great, the service is wonderful and $2.99 is not a lot of money. My theory is, if $2.99's going to affect your destiny, you really don't have much of a future. Thank you.

To the recently complaints about Cox Communications I add another: placing unwanted charges onto your bill. In early December I noticed that a new $6.99 charge for "Cox Service Protection Plan" had been added to my bill without my knowledge. I telephoned Cox, resulting in the representative's promise to remove this charge permanently and to credit my account the amount of the charge plus the applicable tax. This unwanted charge re-appeared on my January bill, thereby requiring another trip through Cox's telephone menu, authenticating my identity and waiting on hold while listening to Cox's idea of delightful telephone-hold music.

I think it's a shame that, as much money as you pay Cox Communications, when you go into the office that they don't have a public restroom for people to use. There should be something' done about that. Again, I say, all the money you pay Cox, when you pay your bill, they don't have a public bathroom to use. It's a shame.

We have an older TV and it works amazingly perfectly. And when the signals went digital, we dropped any kind of cable. We don't have it, for those who are complaining about Cox. And we got the little converter box and we got a high-definition antenna from Radio Shack. We spent $85 on it. We get 27 channels. We get ABC, NBC, CBS, we get Ion TV, we get three movie channels and Richmond channels. We don't have cable and we don't need it and. As of this week it looks like two more channels are popping up. New ones keep popping up all the time with the antenna, and stations are willing to release them so you can pick them up on antenna.

Recommended

To the last word writer who was looking for a referral for a good photographer to help promote real property: I would highly recommend Karen Lawson of Creative Chameleon Media. Karen takes first class pictures and turns them into a tantalizing collage of your home or property. She makes it available on line and through social media. I highly recommend her work. Karen may be reached at 804-694-7586 or mycreativeone@gmail.com.

Two Drummers in Toano has the best barbecue in town. Try it out.

Honor rolls

I cannot speak for all of the students on the honor rolls in Williamsburg; however, I can tell you that my children (4th and 7th grade) earn their grades. They work hard and spend hours on their homework every night. Many tears have been shed to earn those grades, both theirs and mine. So next time you see the honor roll lists think about how hard those kids are working to get those grades. Thank you.

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