Jimmye Laycock, the Last Word on W&M football, Dec. 17

The Virginia Gazette
Greensprings neighborhood's Christmas lights have been vandalized

Coaching is fine

The person calling for a coaching change here at William and Mary in order to beat Richmond does not understand the league system. Virginia Tech and Virginia play in a higher league called the "Football Bowl Series." William and Mary plays in a lower league which is called the "FCS Series." And the larger teams schedule William and Mary to get a good feel for the first game. William and Mary schedules the larger teams to get a big paycheck to help the program throughout the year. William and Mary competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, which is the toughest FCS league there is. So, get off William and Mary's back.

Get rid of Jimmye Laycock? Are you kidding? The man just gave us a 9 win season and made the playoffs. He is Tribe Football! Ok, he hasn't beaten Richmond in a number of years, but Richmond doesn't lose to many FB teams in the CAA. Richmond has advanced to the third leg of the playoffs and is awaiting a semi-final game next week. Be careful for what you wish. Coach Laycock has done a remarkable job in his 36 years on the job. He is well respected and produces competitive teams every year, despite William and Mary's very tough admissions requirements which eliminate many blue chip athletes. When Coach Laycock decides to retire, I hope it will be on his own terms, not because "he can't beat Richmond."

Digital TV

I just got a letter from Cox saying that they're going all digital and that I have to buy a new box from them. Does anyone out there know where you can buy one of those converter boxes? Thank you.

I just received a mailing from Cox and was disappointed to learn that Cox will now require that customers rent a Cox Mini Box for all TVs not already connected to a Cox receiver. The cost of the mini box is $2.99/month. What government agency approved the rate increase for all TVs not connected to a Cox receiver?

Circling around

Three quick items in the Dec. 9 Virginia Gazette I would like to respond to. First, to the person upset because there's not a Jamestown-Surry bridge: You need to check with the Virginia Department of Highways and find out what it was that prohibited them from running a bridge from James City County to Surry County. Second, the Stryker Building. I was back in Williamsburg recently and, by golly, if you would wait until the building is complete to offer your positive or negative criticism, it would really help. Sort of reminds me of the new courthouse that was built and people complained about the copulas before they were ever off the paper and then the lights at the football field at William and Mary. And lastly, the City Council. What on earth makes City Council think that people are going to go in business and stay in business with food trucks if they can't make a profit? That's just irrational. And lastly, on the City Council item, when did the City take over health inspections from the State of Virginia? I'm curious, 'cause I didn't know that had happened. Have a good day.

Radicalization

FBI Director Comey testified that the terrorist, Syed Farook, had been radicalized as early as 2011. Since Muslims have said that Islam is a peaceful religion, we need the President and other leaders to ask all Muslims to report any person showing signs of being radicalized. Also, all mosques clerics need to be reporting these potential terrorists. As the Muslim people and clerics speak their language, they are the keys to identifying terrorists early on.

Guns

I agree with reader who suggests much stiffer sentences for use of guns in the commission of a crime. Additionally, second offenders should really be severely punished, for them 20 years is too lenient. Also, police should be empowered to "stop and frisk" without fear of being accused of racial profiling, and those found to be carrying an unauthorized weapon should spend time in jail. This approach drove crime down in NY City when put in place by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg. Unfortunately, it has been rescinded by the current NYC administration.

Perhaps most Americans are not as concerned about gun violence as they are concerned about terrorism is the same reason they are also less concerned about dying from obesity, illegal drugs, overdoses or car accidents involving drugs and alcohol. Gun violence in the U.S. has been declining for over 20 years while the rate of terrorism globally has been increasing.

Perhaps the former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia should also have mentioned that since the 1995 ban on guns was implemented that it had no significant impact on the overall total homicide rate in Australia, that violent crime has soared to double the pre-gun buy back program rates, he might have also mentioned that the incident of rape in Australia far exceeds the U.S. rate.

On the 74th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, its takes only 4 days for the same number of Americans to die of illegal drug use, 2 1/2 days to die of obesity-related diseases, 20 days from drug overdoses, 18 days from car accidents and the list goes on and on.

Those leading gun policy in this country are doing so from the wrong end of a horse. When Western towns in the 1880's had enough of violence and carefree gun usage, they all established laws where you entered a frontier town and were legally required to leave your guns at a stable or saloon on the edge of town or at the sheriff's office. They knew the more guns around = increased violence. The hardest part was remembering where you checked your guns. What is offered today about wanting guns everywhere comes from those pulling the old Wild West myth card.

A Last Word contributor asks if I feel like a "sitting duck" in an establishment that posts "no guns." No, I feel like a civilized person. I'd feel even better in a gun-free state or country, but that's not going to happen any time soon.

In order to properly defend our rights under the Constitution, more specifically, "our right to bear arms," should we not first define what the Founding Fathers meant by the word "arms"? Was it one hunting musket per white male —no females? Plus, for the real wealthy, a set of dueling pistols?

Back to Civics 101

A Dec. 2 caller smugly says we are now "better prepared" for Civics class, or even to vote, while parroting discredited GOP charges. While not an Obama fan, I am however a fan of the truth. Only one overturned case (NLRB v. Noel Canning) held Obama overreached by making three appointments (not an EO) during a Senate recess -- appointments blocked by opponents for over two years. Most of the cases pre-dated his presidency, others concerned technical/ jurisdictional issues and statutory language. So what the caller has "better prepared" us all for is to better recognize unsupported, likely orchestrated, partisan diatribes appearing in the Last Word.

Fireworks

For years, my wife and I have traveled to Williamsburg to enjoy early December festivities. Eventually, we purchased a seasonal home in the area, and have enjoyed hosting many friends for Grand Illumination week. We've always 'hyped' the occasion as "The best fireworks display you've ever seen." Until this year, CW has made good on that claim. We were very disappointed this year, and I suppose the event organizers were as well. We'll refrain from inviting friends again, until we're sure the event is worth the trip. This is a perfect example of fixing something that wasn't broken. An apology from Grucci Fireworks, and a humble invitation to Pyrotechnico to return, are both very much in order.

What's with the complaints about the Grand Illumination? While it may not have been as grand or well timed as in some years past, it was free to all and the presentation was provided gratis. Gratis on behalf of all involved from the manufacturer to the site that gave one a place to sit for viewing and a place to park when you got there and still folks complain that it wasn't good enough. Seems as though this generation wants everything given to them, but isn't satisfied unless it fulfills their esoteric specifications and expectations. What ever happened to simple gratitude for being given a fun evening with friends and/or family? The silly ingrates got immeasurably more than they paid for!

Power lines

Why does Dominion Power not run the power lines over or under the James River Bridge? There is already an existing structure and no dredging up old chemical spills from the depths of the James River.

Lafayette

As the WJCC School Board claims that students are their first priority, it seems only appropriate that any further upgrades to the administration building at James Blair, or the proposed new middle school get shelved until the inequalities at Lafayette H.S. are resolved. One must question the oversight by Dr. Constantino and school administration that such blinders were applied to Lafayette in the first place. I, for one, don't accept the "we didn't know excuse."

Thank you

Thank you to Cub Scout Troop 414 and the Williamsburg Memorial Park for the Holiday Luminary at the cemetery this past Sunday evening. We enjoyed driving through the area looking at the lights and remembering our loved ones in that beautiful setting. It was the first time we had seen this and next year we will be sure to place our own luminaries at the grave sites of our friends and family to add to the lovely tribute.

A great big thank you to Williamsburg Community Chapel for their wonderful Christmas concert. What a delightful gift they give us every year. It is truly appreciated.

Thank you to editor Peggy Bellows for your recent column on the Last Word. Up until the last year or so, the Last Word was the quintessential small-town newspaper item -- neighbors conversing with neighbors with kudos and offers and requests for items or information. I loved reading it and was proud to show it to friends as an example of what they were missing by living in a large city. Lately I've found it painful to read -- so much anger, over and over about the same things, from people who probably wouldn't be willing to identify themselves as the authors. Let's go back to the good old days and make the Last Word more helpful and uplifting!

Climate accord

Once again I can't believe how delusional our president is In his speech on global warming, he says how happy he will be that in years to come he will be able to walk through a park with his grandchildren and the air will be cleaner. He still doesn't understand that if he can't get control of the current terrorist threat, that walk in the park will be very dangerous.

President Obama and John Kerry have just negotiated another agreement that not worth much. The Agreement on Global warming is as infective as the one on Iran nuclear arms, as both have no enforcement clause. I believe the current administration has no idea what the term "negotiation" means; obviously, they never had a real job in business. It's like being a salesman and being able to give the product away, not very hard to make your numbers.

Looking for ...

Set of keys lost in Barnes & Noble Friday, Dec 11. If found, please leave keys at Barnes & Noble or call 259-1202. Key chain has sentimental value. Would appreciate it being returned. Thank you.

I am looking for a secondhand Black & Decker mounted, under-the-cabinet, toaster oven in good shape at a reasonable price. Call or text 757-784-0400. Thank you.

Would like to donate a Steinway ebony grand piano to a church, school or other 5013c organization. Call 560-4961.

Great experience

I wanted to say how moved I was to be able to help volunteer with the York County Poquoson Shop with a Sheriff program last weekend. More than 50 children shopped with the deputies of this department. They were each given $150 to buy whatever their little hearts desired. I know this was a great experience for the kids and families. But, I also wanted to say what a wonderful experience it was for those of us who volunteered our time. The look on the kids' faces when they find out that they are able to buy whatever they want is priceless. Getting to know these children, it really fills your heart with such gratitude and joy. So, thank you so much to all the citizens and businesses who donated to this great cause. And especially, thank you to the York County Poquoson Sheriff's Office for setting this up and for the deputies and volunteers who donated their time. With so much negative media on police these days, the last thing we need is our children being scared of law enforcement.

Support group

I am planning to form a lung cancer specific support group for the Williamsburg and surrounding area. The group would be open to survivors, caregivers and supporters. While I do not have specifics at this time, I am trying to determine if there is community interest in this. Please call Lynne at (757) 240-9056 to let me know if you would like to participate and please pass the word to others. Should you reach a voice mail, please leave your name and contact information. Hoping to start in early 2016.

Road work

Maybe I'm missing something. VDOT said that the intersection at News Road and Monticello wouldn't be done till March. Why, weather has been nice, most of the work is done. Needs blacktop to finish, so why till March? Ooooooo, I forgot, they only work on it 1 day every 3 or 4 weeks. My tax dollar at its best. Merry Christmas.

Christmas pets

Heritage Humane Society has wonderful, beautiful pets to make your family complete! If you are willing to commit to loving a pet for its lifetime, please visit. Adult cats are a great choice, because even senior cats can provide a decade or more of companionship, you can find the personality that you prefer and they are easier than kittens. People with pets are happier and healthier!

Recommended

To the reader looking for someone to make custom made drapes and curtains, I would recommend using Lori Bjorkman Interior Design (757-291-9092). She has made custom curtains for my kitchen, dining room, living room, family room and master bedroom. The curtains in each room are beautiful and I am very happy with the workmanship.

ISIS, then Dash

We're watching French News, and Secretary of State John Kerry was speaking about Syria—a coalition that they're trying to put together with Russia and other nations. But what's interesting is that when Kerry spoke, he said "to defeat Dash." Now, "Dash" is what the English and French are calling "ISIS." They refuse to call them ISIS any more. Dash means a religious bigot who would destroy others if you don't believe what they believe. Now, the extremist Islamic terrorists don't like that word, but it's interesting that our Secretary of State is now using that word because that is what Europe wants to use, and they've been using it ever since the attack on Paris.

Christmas vandals

Greensprings West has been hit by Christmas vandals, thugs who go along creating misfortune for others. Our Christmas decorations and exterior lights are being damaged and cut by thugs who don't care about personal property and Christmas spirit. It is expensive and exasperating. We are working with James City County Police and you will be apprehended. You will be made to make restitution for your mischief but it goes beyond that. You don't have the right to take Christmas away from others. Greensprings residents, you are encouraged to contact JCC Police and make a report and also review your security camera footage. Neighborhood watches go a long way in these situations.

I heard on TV that people are stealing delivered packages from people's doorsteps. They did not mention that they are left on your doorstep to get more delivered in a day. I got a single knock at the door the other day and when I got to the door there was a delivered package on the doorstep and the delivery truck was already zooming away. Their supervisors should know.

Labels

In today's 'climate' of political correctness, I expect all liberals to stop labeling people and using stereotypes. I find the term "denier" hurtful, offensive, and not politically correct. I prefer to be referred to as having Non-Gullibility Disorder. Thank you.

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish the Last Word staff a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, a Happy New Year and I want to thank you again for putting up with the antics and craziness of the people of this area who call in (laughs) and harass you people. But you do a terrific job and I just want to let you know how much you are appreciated. I don't think I would take the newspaper if it weren't for the Last Word. It brings me a lot of pleasure, you know—a lot of grief sometimes, as well—but I enjoy it. Merry Christmas.

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