Last Word on volume control, June 4

The Virginia Gazette
Driver observes that two local railroad corssings are in tough shape and are damaging cars.

Railroad crossings

Yes, I'm calling about two railroad track crossings, one in Lightfoot, one on Route 60. They're the worst things I've ever seen. People are getting their cars scratched up. It's slow moving -- people on the road and the light's already changed. Why can't something be done about those two crossings? They're tearing our cars up, knocking wheels out of alignment. Thank you very much.

White stripes

Yes, today's May 29th. It was nice to take a ride and all of a sudden, it started to rain. Riding down Mooretown Road, looking at the road turning white with the new painted lines being washed off as the rain comes. I never saw so much white paint on a road in the 66 years that I've been on this Earth! Unbelievable. They must have watered it down just a little bit—tax money doing good. Thank you.

Car repairs

To the Last Word caller who feels he was overcharged by an automobile dealership: Remember this. Dealerships are for buying cars, not having them repaired. Williamsburg abounds with very good, independent garages, staffed by competent mechanics. Find yourself a good mechanic and you'll find that your repair costs are much lower.

Loud music

To the person complaining about the loud music in the stores: You're absolutely right, and I have found that whenever I go and ask them to turn the music down, they're very, very respectful and they do turn the music down. Sometimes people just don't realize, especially young people, how loud the music is and that maybe everyone doesn't like the type that's playing, especially at 9 in the morning.

Black Lives Matter

My congratulations to the thoughtful person who posted about the Black Lives Matter movement. You are spot on. I totally agree they should also focus on the overwhelming amount of black-on-black violence, rather than only on the many fewer cases where policemen are accused. You only have to watch our local TV news each evening. Without fail, the broadcast starts out with an average of two black-on-black shootings each evening. Politically correct or not, a huge part of the cause lies in the black community. It won't end until they take some responsibility for it, rather than only blaming others.

Thank you

Want to thank Bill Wolpmann at the CW Paint Dept. for his patience and caring attitude in assisting me in my quest for the perfect color. He is not only an expert in his field but is very kind and considerate. Aren't we fortunate to live in a community with caring employees such as Bill.

Name change

Shame on the WJCC School Board for changing a discussion to a vote without any regard to the families of Rawls Byrd that it affects. They listen to a handful of people and decided for us what was best. I was a completely supportive of a name change, but had a hard time suddenly having to explain everything to my children when we try to keep their focus on SOL tests. A heads up would have been nice, or a chance for discussion, or some time to talk to our kids. Is this what we can expect from the new school board? Very disappointed in their selfish actions.

What were the School Board members not thinking when they voted to change the name of the school with only a few weeks left in the school year? They were not thinking of the students at a time when they were taking important tests and enjoying the activities at the end of the year. They were not thinking of the parents and the staff who had to explain their decision to young children. All the school board members who voted for this should go out to the school and personally apologize to the students and staff. Then they should resign!

I don't know that I agree with doing away with schools' names. They want to tear down all the Confederate statues, they want to change history, they want to plow up the graves. So let's go do the school name changing at Rawls Byrd and leave the kids out of it. I have a suggestion for a name, Theresa Runyon. She was a teacher at Matthew Whaley—she was an assistant principal there and she was principal at Rawls Byrd for many years. She was well liked and loved by the kids.

Naming of all schools should be put to a vote. Make it a ballot issue and let the voters select names. If groups want to change the current names of schools, let them do the hard work of getting the proposed change on the ballot.

Memorial Day

If there is one American holiday that all businesses in the country should be closed for the day so that all can honor those who gave all so that the rest of us might be free, it is Memorial Day.

Road rage

The reason for all the road rage is simple, consideration for other drivers no longer exists. People drive while texting, using a hand held phone, don't use their signal, drive too slow; the list goes on and on.

Presidential politics

I keep hearing people (Democrats) saying that "they're afraid of Trump being president." Why aren't they afraid of Hillary as president? Do they want to continue on a way of life with terrorism and financial ruin? Hillary has repeatedly said that she would continue with Obama's polices, as if this were a good thing.

I think most of America realizes that President Obama has been a divider and not a uniter. When he went to Japan and visited the city of Hiroshima, that shows that he is a divider. Japan started the war; we are the ones who finished it. Unfortunately, 80,000 people died in that city, but that was the way that America prevailed. If we didn't do it that way, we would have lost a million people, Japanese and American. And the President over there, at this time of year—Memorial Day—had no right to do that.

Next year's best selling book will be "How I destroyed the GOP and made them like it" by Donald J. Trump.

You don't trust Hillary and what you think about Donald can't be printed in a family newspaper. You're fiscally responsible and socially inclusive and neither of the above choices is on the same page as you. Well, now you have a real choice! Cast your vote for a proven political team; vote for Gary Johnson and William Weld. Both are former governors who are the Libertarian candidates for president and vice president, respectively.

Donald Trump loves being the center of attention. Except this week, when the press is beginning to reveal what a fraud his university was. This is some indication of what kind of a president he would be.

In her foreign policy speech, Mrs. Clinton said she has contributed to a sound, positive U.S. foreign policy. My question is, "When are we going to start?" For the past seven years the foreign policy, including her contributions, seem to be pro-Islam policy with no demonstrable concern for the benefit and security of the U.S.

Graduation speeches

To the person asking how many graduation ceremonies at prestigious institutions Rush Limbaugh has been asked to speak at, I believe that the answer is 36. Have a blessed day.

School leadership

Superintendent Constantino has clearly demonstrated that he avoids working with parents in the W-JCC school system. He holds no parent forums, no open door hours and does not respond to emails. This is a man who appears so impressed with his own credentials that the he does not value input from "non-educators." This parent is looking forward to the day when Dr. Constantino moves on to other endeavors. A day that W-JCC parents will indeed celebrate!

This is in regard to the "Pay for training" Last Word that was in the June 1st , 2016, Gazette. That is just another clear example of Dr. Constantino not being in support of teachers. Dr. Constantino needs to go. How can we get rid of this man? Thank you.

Bird song

If you're heard a bird call that sounds like "drink your tee-hee-hee-hee (etc)" it's an eastern towhee. Lovely bird, but a little shy, so you're much more likely to hear him than see him.

Airbnb

Paul Holt, James City County planning director, was quoted in the June 1 edition of the Gazette that he did not know how many homes in the county were utilizing Airbnb. All he needs to do is google Airbnb Williamsburg to get that information.

Caring for pets

For the person in the Last Word who left a question about an organization that will help you spay or neuter your pet: My feeling is, if you can't afford to get it spayed, maybe you shouldn't have the pet. Pets can be expensive, and you never know when you need to put out money to help them.

Regarding the "Caring for pets" article in today's Last Word: Yes, there is an organization that will assist you in your spaying or neutering of your animals. It's called the "Flint Ban," and it comes to Heritage Humane Society once a month. Thank you.

Veterans

VA hospitals are a disgrace. The lines have gotten longer and the wait has gotten longer. To add insult to injury, since 2011, 4,200 living veterans have listed as dead, who have lost their benefits because of the mishandling of records by the Veterans Administration. Whether they had name mix ups or whether they had clerical errors, the way our veterans are treated is a disgrace.

Looking for ...

The Williamsburg Charity Group is looking for furniture for a single parent who has just moved into her place for the first time. She has a small son and is in need of living room furniture, lamps and one dresser. If you have any of these items, please contact me, Jennifer Mason, at 757-506-4274.

To the person looking to get their carbide circular saw blades sharpened: Try Ace Hardware.

To the person looking for Stephanie from Salon Vivace: Her phone number is 576-1607. She's opened her own shop. Her address is 483 McLaws Circle, Suite 2A, in Williamsburg.

Can anyone recommend someone in the area that does carpet binding on carpet remnants?

The Williamsburg Charity Group is looking for a living room set for a single mother who just moved into her own place. You can give me a call, Jennifer Mason, at 506-4274.

To the person calling regarding the quilter to restore and repair antique quilts: I would suggest that you call the museum and speak to someone there in the fabric department. Not only would they be able to tell you about the quilt, they would also tell you the best person to go to as far as having it repaired and/or cleaned. I've done it with my clock and, you know, it's just very helpful to have an expert.

To the person looking for an auto repair center: Try American Pride on Airport. They're excellent, they're honest, they're caring, respectful. And they're on Airport, just past the railroad station. Their phone number is 903-2473.

Louise of London was trained by Vidal Sassoon. She did a great job and she's a nice lady. Her number is 206-7806.

Yes, does anybody have a king or a queen bed to donate? If you do, could you give me a call at 757-566-1718. Thank you.

Hello. My name is Michael Aponte, and I am looking for donations of any leftover yard sale or flea market goods. I am opening—trying to open—a small living history museum based on the Marines of the American Revolution. I'm seeking donations of any merchandise whatsoever. My phone number is 757-707-4927. Thank you.

To the individual looking for someone who sharpens carbide-tipped circular saw blades: This person is not local but always comes to my shop and does a good job on sharpening everything: it's a Sure Set Saw. The phone number is 757-535-8887. Thank you.

The person who is seeking a hair stylist with training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy should contact Linda Marie at (757) 784-0066. Linda has been my stylist for years and was trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Southern California. She now has her own private salon on Ironbound Road, here in Williamsburg.

I'm looking for someone to complete a couple of counted cross-stitch projects. They are 99% complete, but I cannot finish them myself. I will be glad to pay you. Please call me at 757-564-8001.

Williamsburg is a perfect town for motor scooters, except for one thing: There are no motorcycle/scooter repair shops. Does anyone know of a local mechanic who can do routine maintenance on Piaggio/Vespa scooters? Please email subscrip@cox.net.

Is there any way to get a tutorial on how to use the Excel "app" on a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3, which is an android operating system? An answer in the Last Word would be appreciated. Thank you.

Recently someone recommended our firm, Keep Kleen, a dryer vent cleaning company, in the Last Word. However, the phone number in the paper was incorrect. The correct phone number is 757-707-0803. Thank you.

We would love to have a quality grocery store like Wegmans come to Williamsburg.

Could the man that called us about the car tow dolly who lived on Centerville Road return our call? We lost your number. Our number is 757-784-0400. Thank you.

Does anyone know where Joan and Aldina (server) from the National Pancake House on Pocahontas Trail are?

Traffic lights

Don't know who has control of the traffic lights in and around Williamsburg but why can't they be synchronized? I've seen the coordination done in larger cities and just wonder why it can't be done here. Monticello Avenue is a prime example, Longhill Road another, Richmond Road, etc. Technically it is possible and it's been proven it saves the automobile brakes, saves on gas - and it saves one from being exasperated (could even save road rage from happening). Come on, there aren't that many roads compared with larger cities/towns.

Note to parents

Mom and cell phone: Please stop texting. I am tired of watching your children run wild while you text. Children grow up fast, and while you are texting, someone may steal them while you are involved in your heavy conversation. Thank you.

Wipers on

Windshield wipers on, intermittent or not, still require your headlights to be on.

Bad idea

I think it's most disgraceful that Colonial Williamsburg now has a musket shooting range. Is there not enough shooting going on in our country? And now Colonial Williamsburg means to charge $119 per shooter for some shots and a history lesson. You call that history? That is a disgrace, putting firearms into the hands of those who don't need any more.

Strange doings

The inmates truly are running the asylum now! In California (where else?) people are now marrying the Ocean! I can't wait to see the offspring.

Mosquitoes

Now that there are 18 confirmed cases of Zika in Virginia (none contracted here), JCC should consider resuming mosquito control. Maybe money diverted from recreational sports development or from tourism promotion may be appropriate.

Convenience fee

Today I paid my JCC personal property tax online, as it saves paper and a stamp. The online payment page carried this notice in a red font: Beginning July 1, 2016, a convenience fee of 2.95% will be added to all credit/debit payments. As I drive an older model vehicle, this convenience "fee" would amount to $2.47. However, for those drivers with newer models, that fee would be considerably higher. A convenience for whom? Surely an electronic payment is easier to process than opening mailed checks and recording the data. It seems to me this is just another added tax—carefully hidden, but a tax nevertheless.

Pain relief

If you are living with pain and have exhausted your search for help, there is an answer. My wife suffers from RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) a nerve disease that causes chronic severe pain. We searched for years for someone who could give her some relief before we finally found Dr. Kowal at Atlas Specific Chiropractic. Atlas Specific Chiropractic is located at 504 Strawberry Plains Road, just off of Route 199 & John Tyler. 757-378-3218

Student voters

While recognizing Virginia law currently says otherwise, William and Mary students who are temporarily residing in Williamsburg should vote in their respective hometowns, either in person or by absentee ballot. With very limited exception, students don't have a vested interest in the City.

In response to "Student voters": No, William and Mary students should not be allowed to vote in Williamsburg. Most of them do not live in Williamsburg and go to school in Williamsburg. Why should the students from William and Mary be able to sway a decision in a city with so many permanent residents? The college students— nothing against them—but the college students could sway a vote and completely sway a decision in the city that could really riot against the majority of the rest of us public.

This is regarding the William and Mary students voting in local election. Two more election cycles and we will own the City Council, to include the mayor's seat. Go Tribe!

Driving habits

Slow drivers are as much if not more hazardous on the road than drivers who are speeding. I believe that senior drivers should be tested by Department of Motor Vehicle individuals every two years to ensure our roads are safe.

Your ability to weave in and out of traffic, just to be the car ahead of me at the stoplight, is amazing. Are you really in that big of a hurry?

Recommended

We wanted protection from insects on our deck, but we weren't sure about permanent screening. We discovered Innovative Screen Solutions in Toano. Steve Sirles took a look and suggested motorized retractable screens, which were recently installed. The screens work perfectly and Steve and his crew were efficient and professional. We can sit outside in the evening now without swatting! We recommend this company.

Congratulations to the new Jersey Mike's Sub Shop on Monticello Avenue. Great subs and friendly service. Best of luck.

School uniforms

I have kids in the WJCC school district. It's about uniforms. It's so stupid! People go out and buy their kids new clothes and then they have to turn around and buy them uniforms to wear to school. In my opinion, this uniform thing should stop. I go and buy my kids outfits for out of school, something they can wear to their friend's house, and then I have to turn around and buy $20 khakis and polos and belts and I have to buy a school-mandated sweatshirt. I don't believe it's fair to anyone to spend so much money for school supplies and school uniforms.

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