Tax bills, Stryker building and a water solution: Last Word, Nov.14

The Virginia Gazette

Stryker building

For those who are complaining about the new city hall in Williamsburg, take heart. This futuristic building would be fine if it were off in a field somewhere by itself. What the architects and the people who approved the plans ignored was the principle of context. All good architects know that context can make or break a design. All around this modern, contemporary-looking building are brick buildings of a particular scale and a hint of Georgian updated. The new city hall has none of this and that's why it's a failure. It's too bad that we can't do anything about it now.

Driving

To the woman who rear ended me on Strawberry Plains Road and then lied about it: Always remember, you will eventually pay for your dishonesty.

The pay off

Hard work can mean a lot when you are trying to achieve a special goal. My daughter-in-law, Phyllis Randall, won her seat as chairman of the Board of Supervisors, the first African-American woman of color in the State of Virginia to hold this title. She and her family live in Lansdowne, Virginia. She is married to Thaddeus Randall, the grandson of the late Zennie Randall, who was born in Williamsburg. This was Phyllis' third try at this seat. Please never give up on your goals that are meaningful to you as well as to others. Thank you. [Called to get names right.]

Some advertising

I feel so angry these days when you get in advertising—"The more you get it, the more you love it." But what is it? How can you tell? You can't find it anywhere else. Another one: "Save $5.00." On what? What does it do for you? Or, "Save $1.00." I do wish advertisements would tell you what is the product and what it will do for you. Thank you.

Abortion

There's a case coming before the Supreme Court having to do with lethal injections for the death penalty, whether they're basically cruel and unusual, too cruel. What I don't understand is that it's too cruel to give lethal injections to a murderer on Death Row, but it's not too cruel for that same person to suck a baby's brain out and kill a baby in a partial-birth abortion, who's completely innocent. Has done nothing to anyone, has not harmed anybody's life. I don't understand—seems extremely illogical to me that the baby is the innocent who needs to be protected. The murderer is dealing with justice, in my humble opinion.

Diversity?

I just read that the Republicans are pessimistic about increasing diversity. Well, God save us all from a more inclusive society. That's all.

Video violence

I would like to agree with the person who wrote into the Last Word about the video games adding to the violence all over the country. I certainly agree that the video games contribute to the violence all over the country. Thank you.

Ben Carson

What Dr. Ben Carson doesn't realize is that running for the president is about integrity. It may be okay to pump up your resume to impress a girl at a bar on a Saturday night, but lying about things in your autobiography doesn't show respect for the American people.

Moving article

I was reading the parenting article on Nov. 7th written by Barbara Knowles. What insight, what feeling — I can't express it. I'm going through the same thing. A very special human being who gave his life to the public. She is just so astute, so well written. I wish her the best of luck in the rest of her life, with her children, with her family, with her friends. It was so touching. He would "sometimes eat his soup with a fork" and I should add, sometimes he would put his dirty socks on the kitchen table. Thank you very much.

Biden backer

I have a question. If there were a ground swell right-in vote for Joe Biden, even if another person had the party nomination, would he still be able to be president? I know he felt it was too late to enter the campaign, but I feel he is the better person for president.

Tax bills

My husband and I were laughing our heads off at James City County for not giving the information on the bill for the extra amount you have to pay with the decision that the supervisors made before the election. As we were paying the bill, the total due by 12/07/2015, the bill was cut on 11/05/2015, making sure it was cut right after the election. Line no. 2 in the bill says, "Real estate taxes are billed on a fiscal year and due twice annually. The first half taxes are due on December 5th each year, and the second half taxes are due on June 5th. We've been here since 2003. We always pay December 5th. So they purposefully bumped it up two days so you would not get your bill prior to the election for Jones.

Window display

Was shopping in Merchant's Square and had a good laugh at the CW gift shop's new window display. Why is there a blanket on a bush and why are kids playing tug of war in front of it? Maybe I'm just not getting it?

Water solution

The only regional water solution proposed by Newport News Waterworks was for a surface water reservoir to be built in King William County and filled by water taken from the Mattaponi River and the Cohoke Creek. Surface water that is dependent on rainfall to be sustained is not the answer for any forward-thinking community on the planet. The James River and York River that flow past both sides of James City County are cleaner at our doorstep then where their headwaters begin because of the cleaned up wastewater discharged into them. The "regional" water solution is at our doorstep: desalinization, water reuse, water conservation. Just ask California about their drinking water reservoirs and how those solutions are working for them now.

Guns

To the person who thinks we should have banned automatic rapid fire AR type weapons years ago, we did. Automatic weapons have been heavily restricted since 1934. Obtaining one is expensive and time consuming as extensive permitting required. So now that we already done that, what else do you propose, the confiscation of all weapons? "If you are for gun control, then you are not against guns, because the guns will be needed to disarm people. So it's not that you are anti-gun. You'll need the police's guns to take away other people's guns. So you're very Pro-Gun, you just believe that only the Government (which is, of course, so reliable, honest, moral and virtuous…) should be allowed to have guns. There is no such thing as gun control. There is only centralizing gun ownership in the hands of a small, political elite and their minions." - Stefan Molyneux

Looking for ...

Looking for a technician who is knowledgeable on the operation of ventless/retro-fit gas fireplaces. I misplaced a notice I read in the Last Word a while back of a service person who did an excellent job in cleaning and getting such a fireplace working again. Please send your recommendations to the Last Word. Also, if they are familiar with radiant heat/decorative glass shards fireplace inserts, that would be most helpful. Thank you.

Found on Centerville Road near James River Baptist Church: Two bags. If you lost them, please call and ID what is in them, and we would love to get them back to you. The number to call would be 258-9001 and ID what was lost in the bags. Thank you.

Is there anyone around that still likes to tinker with old TVs? I have many TVs. I have one that I really love, and I usually play it on my porch. I plays beautifully but, all of a sudden, no picture. So, if somebody's around that likes to tinker with things… I know. I have many old TVs, but that one I like to use it on the porch. And I would like for someone who likes to work on old TVs to give me a call. It's 757-645-0791. Thank you.

No coverage

A major event occurred in Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday Oct. 24th but for readers of The Gazette it didn't happen. The Walk to End Alzheimer's involved hundreds of participants raising thousands of dollars for this worthy cause and not a word or picture in the Gazette.

Local impact

President Obama has had a major impact on local political results throughout the United States: 12 Democrat gubernatorial seats have been lost. 69 Democrat U.S. House of Representative seats have been lost. 13 U.S. Senate seats have been lost. 910 local Democrat legislative positions have been lost. Perhaps most voters dislike Obama's policies.

Which Bush?

The caller discussing George Bush is very confusing, because in fact we had two presidents named George Bush who both invaded Iraq. The first one got the best military advisors and performed a surgical strike that was effective and showed the world what America was capable of. The second one ignored military advice, got the country into a second Vietnam, and completely destabilized the Mideast. The first one will probably go down in history as one of the best presidents of the 20th century; the second one will probably go down as one of the worst. It is important not to confuse these two.

Road work

A short round of applause to VDOT for lengthening the left turn lane from east-bound Route 60 onto Lightfoot Road. Now they need to come back and lengthen the green cycle at the light there so that the cars in line can clear the light in one cycle.

The subject is road repair. Every time I have to go up to Cox Communications to do something with my account with them, I forget about the road going into the office. I can't decide—is this a private road and that's why the holes are deeper and deeper? The last time I went through, trying to miss one pothole, I dropped into another and messed up the front end of my car. Can't someone make repairs? If it's a private road, why don't they get together and fill the potholes before somebody really gets hurt? Thank you very much.

Immigration

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal judge's injunction blocking Obama's immigration executive actions allowing illegals to get citizenship or have amnesty. And now the Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to review the lawsuit. Obama has done so much to hurt this country that it's never going to be the same. Never going to be the same, and he is going to pay for it in the long run. People that do injustice will eventually get what's coming to them. And I don't mean killing them. I mean something's going to happen. He has hurt this country so bad. I am in my sixties, and I can't believe the way this country is now.

Recommended

We highly recommend "We Fix Computers" by Khalid. Khalid was able to fix a particularly tricky problem with our computer by interacting with our internet service provider and installing items that we needed. His prices are reasonable and he can be reached at 757-291-3663.

I received the best service at the National Pancake House. They're really a good restaurant. You should try them more often. They also own the Colonial Pancake House. They have really good service, too. People should really try to come by and get something to eat there.

Wow! Cooperation is the key to great times. Williamsburg's Iron Bound Gym and Monticello Chick-fil-A pulled off a big celebration for a fabulous birthday party honoring sports official Bill Boyd.

If you are in need of masonry work, please contact Jason Morrison at 757-358-6289. He recently did tuck pointing work for us and we could not be more pleased. His work was completed in a professional and timely manner. We will certainly call him again if we need work. Interestingly, he checked out the status of our chimney with a small drone that was equipped with a Go-Pro Camera, allowing us to see the status of the chimney as well!

Seasons of Williamsburg florist once again gave the patrons a wonderful prelude to the Christmas holidays. However, the people I want to thank the most are the law officers who helped us to park and cross Jamestown Road safely. More importantly, I'd like to say, "May God bless each of our law enforcement officers each day as they leave home to protect all of us." Thank you.

This is in response to someone looking for a good Toyota mechanic or mechanics. We have had very good luck with Howard Motors. They are on Second Street. There is one or two—possibly two—factory-trained Toyota mechanics there. They are very honest and excellent. Highly recommended. Thank you.

When my dad needed a source to preserve his family memories, friends referred him to Tom Bigford, who is skilled at digitizing photos, slides and film. After faded photos, slides and film are professionally digitized and restored, Tom adds captions, titles and even special touches like maps and flags where appropriate. Motion is added to photos and slides which add an exciting new dimension when they're played on your TV. Tom's selection of appropriate musical backgrounds then adds a perfect touch to your finished DVDs. He can be reached at 757-645-7004 or tbigford@cox.net.

Ice skating

Councilman Foster is correct that there was a lively discussion about the merits of an ice rink among the subscribers to the Facebook page "Colonial Williamsburg Lovers." He is also correct that most who participated in that discussion "live outside the area." I am one of those "outsiders" because I am only in Williamsburg about three months out of the year. While I am in Williamsburg, however, I shop and dine in the area. I buy annual passes to CW and tickets to special programming offered in the historic area. I frequently bring guests with me who also spend money in Williamsburg. The financial contribution of those "who live outside the area" to the overall financial picture in Williamsburg would seem to be sufficiently significant so that our opinions might just be considered at least somewhat valid. I object not to an ice rink but to the location of the ice rink. How is it reasonable to block off an entire section of DoG Street during one of the busiest tourist seasons? How will the crowds well safely navigate the narrow brick sidewalk that on either side of the ice rink? And, by the way, what route will the Christmas Parade take this year?

Help Christians

ISIS is taking more and more of the Middle East, and hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered, including children, women—beheaded, everything. So why isn't President Obama doing more to help these Christians? And what about the Pope? Why isn't he saying something? Those countries look to the U.S. and they look to the Pope when something is being done to Christians. That's what ISIS is trying to do is to kill the entire Christian population in the world, and soon they'll be in the United States. If we care about Christians in this world, then we need to help the Christians in the Middle East.

Blurry pages

I have eyesight that requires no reading glasses for anything, but I can hardly read the Virginia Gazette on-line version. The print is so fuzzy and blurry it is almost unreadable. Sure, I can click on every story for a clearer, larger version to open up but why should I have to? I also get USA Today that uses the exact same Olive App program and it is perfectly clear, even on a very small device. I never have to click on an article for the larger version. The Gazette needs to demand a better online version. Editor's note: We've had this problem a few times in the past weeks, but have assurances from the company that produces the digital edition that the problem has been fixed. It should be good today. Please let me know if there is still a problem.

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