Recommendations gone wild, the Last Word, Jan. 20

The Virginia Gazette

Recommended

I took clothes to a well-known dry cleaner in Williamsburg. Among the items was a pair of slacks that had stains on them from gardening. The attendant refused to mark the stains on the slacks and told me all the garments are checked for stains. The slacks were returned with the same stains still on them. I then took the slacks to Courthouse Cleaners on Monticello next to Fresh Market. They marked the stains without being asked. They were able to remove the stains. Courthouse Cleaners is highly recommended by me and is the only dry cleaners I will use.

I recently hired Shelton Home Improvements to clean my very full gutters. He did an outstanding job, even hosing inside the gutters and then hosing siding where muddy. He also trimmed off the lower branches of 10 Leland Cypress trees. David is very reasonable. 1-757-817-3339.

I just had a very comprehensive eye exam done today by the Target optical doctor in Monticello Market Place. The cost was reasonable, and I ordered two pair of really nice glasses for less than I have paid for one pair in the past. Their frames are very good quality — I highly recommend them.

My husband and I just had two bathrooms tiled and the back splash installed by Phil Bridges and his wife, Carolyn. Phil is one of the nicest and politest contractors I have ever used. Both are very meticulous with their work and definitely want the customer to be pleased. Much thanks to both Phil and Carolyn. I highly recommend them. Phil's company is Spectrum Home Repair and can be reached there. Thank you.

I'm really pleased to say that I have visited the skating rink on Duke of Gloucester Street twice, and I just want to tell all of you people that it's a temporary thing but it's lots of fun. Please come out and enjoy it while it's there and quit complaining. It's wonderful. Thanks.

When my son, who is a vet, moved away, I needed to find a new veterinarian for my cats. He highly recommended Dr. Randall Dunsmore at the Middle Plantation Animal Hospital for his "sisters." Dr. Dunsmore and his entire staff are outstanding.

To whoever wrote in recently looking for a new vet: I highly recommend Middle Plantation Animal Hospital and Dr. Dunsmore. They are open extended hours, have great customer service and staff and are truly wonderful to all of my pets. They are on Merrimac Trail before you get to the overpass for Rt. 199. Their phone number is 757-345-6566.

Stryker Building

A positive comment concerning the Stryker Building is long over-due. Most of the previous comments have been nasty as if someone has an ax to grind. I find the building attractive and innovative. Thanks to the people involved in the design and the committee for having the courage to look beyond another brick structure.

I think everyone would agree that the Stryker Building is in an area of mixed bag architectural styles. My objection to the building is not its style but the fact that it occupies the entire lot upon which it sits. It has a massive, heavy look because you can't get any perspective on it. Also there is no room for softening landscape. I hope the city will take that in consideration and spend enough money for some huge potted plants and substantial trees wherever they can squeeze them.

The new Stryker Building is ugly, ugly, ugly. I like modern architecture, but there is a place for it, and Williamsburg is not that place.

Senate votes

Although we like Mark Rubio's comments on the issues, we seriously disagree with him on not being present and voting in the U.S. Senate. He has decided to completely ignore his duty as a U.S. Senator. He is being paid by the government to do his job and Rubio has decided to ignore this and continues to campaign. This is wrong. Other candidates continue to do their job, i.e., as a governor of a state or as a U.S. senator.

Looking for ...

Grove Christian Outreach Center is in need of your paper bags (grocery store size only).

Can you supply the information as to when the new Harris Teeter store in Toano will open? Also what companies will be running the two stores backing up to Centerville Road?

I have three sweatshirts from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Anyone interested?? email: swamprmc@cox.net

Looking for the name or number of a Tupperware dealer in the Toano or Williamsburg area. Thanks.

Please place this in: Found, one earring with a gold and a black bobble; found on Newport Ave. close to So England St., Williamsburg. Phone: 757-221-0630.

I am in need of a used wood stove and washer and dryer. Please contact me if you have either in good condition for a reasonable price. I would appreciate it very much. My number is 757-345-8517. Thank you.

Milena Territo, formerly of Jim De's, is now the owner of Salon Gia located at 1490 Quarterpath (near Harris Teeter), 757-208-0386.

Very good condition, fine Lane solid wood bedroom furniture. White mother of pearl paint. Drawers have actual rollers. King-size headboard, two night stands, dresser, mirror and armoire. All drawers and doors work excellent. Very heavy, you pick up. Email djpeterdj@gmai.com.

Guns

Why did the British march on Concord in April of 1775? It wasn't to prevent anyone from hunting, sport shooting or defending themselves from common criminals. The British marched on Concord to seize the arms and ammunition of the colonists so they could not revolt against British tyranny. As the conversation about guns in America continues it is vital to keep in mind why we have the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Right. The 2nd Amendment was ratified in 1791 to guarantee "We the People" the right and ability to resist tyranny with arms modern to the day. Can't happen here some say? Name one other major country in the last 200 years that hasn't experienced tyranny at the hand of their own government or by a foreign power?

School issues

Why is Dr. Constantino allowing things to get so bad, that parents are having to hire legal counsel to resolve issues? Where are his leadership skills? Is he more concerned with spending $11 million for a new administration building that we don't need? He is going to be held responsible for his failing administrators, so why is he allowing things to get so out of hand? The only thing he has proven is that he has zero leadership skills and he is not deserving of the job he has.

I recently wrote the WJCC School District regarding a very upsetting matter. It was sent to the proper address, straight from the website, and addressed to Dr. Constantino. The letter was sent return receipt requested so that I would be certain it arrived. Well, I received the letter back, never opened, and the return receipt never detached. That means that all we have been hearing regarding our Superintendent of Schools is correct. It is impossible to get the attention that is needed by this man. I am appalled and very upset. I suppose this is why people take the legal route. Time for some big changes in this school system!

Thank you

My thanks to Cindy at Jo-Ann Fabrics for locating the exact zipper I needed to repair my leather jacket. I have spent days online trying to locate this item.

Grounds for thanks

I agree with the reader who stated that we should not be thanking President Obama for cheap gasoline because the price is determined by supply and demand, not presidential policies. I disagree, however, with the reader's statement that it would be hard to find something for which to thank the president. There are 22 million Americans across the country, but not in Virginia unfortunately, who have health insurance because of Obamacare. The report just released by the Labor Department shows that more than 290,000 jobs were created in December and the unemployment rate is only five per cent. The US economy is one of the strongest in the world. No doubt the people who benefit from the Obama policies that produced these results are thankful.

If our President cannot be thanked for cheap gas prices, then how is that most Republicans condemned him for high gas prices? It just makes no sense.

On-point commentary

Thank you, Joseph Filko, for your editorial on Jan. 9 which eloquently put into perspective concerns we should all have for the erosion of our freedom of speech and opinions by the very people and institutions that were understood to be the champions thereof. I can't agree more, that those who previously spoke out for tolerance have become the advocates of shutting down any voices that differ from them.

Waiting for Hornsby

In response to the person who wrote in recently to say that there was a concert at the library given by a talented area musician, Robert Hodge: I know nothing about him, but it reminded me of someone else. I often wonder why I do not see more posts regarding our very successful and local musician we all know, Bruce Hornsby. When is he going to give a local concert? I know many of us would be thrilled to attend.

Great economy?

Macy's is closing stores and laying off. Their stock is down 40%. Dillard's is not increasing their stores. Big Lots was closing stores. Penney's was closing stores. BAE at the shipyards at Norfolk is laying off 500. Boy, isn't the economy great! Don't you love the phony 5% figure of unemployment? Just makes you laugh.

DMV choices

I find it interesting that the state and the DMV went to so much effort to eliminate the Confederate flag from Virginia license plates yet all DMV offices will be closed Friday, January 15th, for Lee-Jackson Day.

Favorite ever

Last week's State of the Union message was my favorite one ever! It was Obama's last! Maybe the next president can repair security and employment.

Possible bailout?

So will Legendary entertainment, purchased by "one of China's richest business people" actually get the $$ or will they find themselves bankrupted as many U.S. oil companies now claim bankrupting losses in billions? Oh, no worry, we generous U.S. taxpayers will bail them all out-- it's what we do to over-extended businesses.

Road work

Yikes, let's hope decision makers coordinate the proposed and presumably needed replacement of the #143 bridge (Gazette, page 7A, Jan. 13) with the years of construction on 64 in the same area of the Peninsula. It's crucial to keep two of the three Peninsula throughways going for safety as well as traffic flow.

Fuel charges

A page and a half on how low gasoline is compared to last year. Yet we are still charged by Dominion the same amount monthly as it was last year! What is the fuel charge for? Food for rabbits in the cages?

Just askin'

What makes a prominent local real estate agent think it's all right to to hang a For Sale sign sixty feet up in a pine tree overlooking Rt. 199 at the Rt. 60 over pass. It's tacky. Do the sign ordinances in James City County permit this?

Voter fraud

The person who supported voters' photo ID to prevent voter fraud must be using poor information from conservative outlets. It has been proved over and over that voter fraud is almost nonexistent and this kind of manipulating by the Republicans actually keeps more legitimate voters from voting. Both parties who investigated "any specific, credible allegation" of voter impersonation fraud, found a total of "about 31 different incidents" since 2000 of in-person voter fraud out of over 1 billion ballots cast.

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