A hole in the fence gets the Last Word, April 30

The Virginia Gazette

Fixing the hole

I'm wondering who is responsible for and when the hole in the iron fence adjacent to Peppertree Condominiums is going to be fixed. The hole has been there for months and months and that section of 199 right before the Jamestown Road intersection is viewed by thousands of people visiting Williamsburg every week. Whoever is responsible, won't you please fix it for those of us who are just tired of looking at it.

Recommended

Dishman Fabrications & Powder Coating (757-478-5070) did a wonderful job of stripping and repainting our outdoor metal chaise and chairs. They look brand new. For a small fee, they can also pick up and deliver them back.

Kudos to Suter printing on Ironbound road. They were not only nice to work with but were very professional, taking my rough manuscript and printing and producing a beautiful finished product.

I recently had some electrical work done by Asbury Electric. Nathan Holloway came out on time, fixed my problem and it was very affordable. Anyone looking for a dependable company should call Asbury Electric and ask for Nathan, 757-603-1577.

In response to the person looking for leaf and debris removal/yard work: Call Warren at 757-327-6497.

To the person looking for a contractor to seal and insulate a crawl space: I have used The Drying Company/Thermaltec for many years. They are educated and honest. Call 897-6006 if you would like a full recommendation.

Big loss

I was dismayed and disappointed to hear that Lafayette High School's AD Dan Barner has resigned. He was considered the Dean of AD's on the Peninsula. He has a stellar reputation as a values-based leader with the utmost integrity. He led the achievement of LHS winning the Wells Fargo cup for Division 3A, making it the leading athletic program in the state. There should be a review of what would cause such a leader to call it quits.

Bumpy ride

Ever drive across the intersection at Casey Boulevard and Settlers Market Boulevard? It's like driving across a dry creek bed full of boulders! You will need to make an appointment with your dentist as all your fillings will be shaken out. There are more intelligent ways to make one drive slower than destroying one's vehicle.

Free to you

I have USPS issued commemorative mint sets from 1972-2006 (a couple years missing) free to any person or organization that would like them. Call 757-229-4703 and leave a message if interested.

Fish net canopy, double bed size, not new but very good. If interested, leave your number with the Last Word.

Voting rights

I am appalled that our governor intends to abuse his executive power by restore voting rights to hundreds of thousands of convicted felons including murders and rapists. By doing so, he shows how little respect he has for decent, law-abiding Virginians. This appears to be a self-serving effort to enhance his future career opportunities by currying favor within the Democratic Party. As such, it is an unethical conflict of interest.

Governor McAuliffe has gone completely crazy with his idea of giving convicted criminals the right to vote. Will Democrats stop at nothing to increase their voters? First it was letting illegal immigrants stay in our country and become citizens with the right to vote and now this. Hopefully, now you understand the reason for Trump's popularity; due to the liberal Democrats our country is no longer great. Let's make it great again!

Shame on Governor McAuliffe! He makes me glad to be a Republican.

Thomas Jefferson (VA Governor, 1779-1781) believed that rapists should be castrated. Terry McAuliffe (VA Governor, 2014-present) believes that rapists should serve on juries. Thanks to an executive order signed on Friday, steam-rolling over 150 years of Virginian law, the latter belief is our reality. We dishonored our motto "Sic Semper Tyrannis" when we placed this man in office. Our second governor had it right and our 72nd would do well to put the safety and well-being of Virginia citizens ahead of his own political agenda.

Vacation rental

I recently read an article that said JCC had just given out permission for a vacation rental home on Brickbat Road and it was the first one in years. What about the house at the corner of Penniman Road and Jackson Drive? They have been renting that out by the week for a couple of years.

Snow days

Since WJCC schools only used four of the extra 10 days they added into the schedule for this school year in case of inclement weather, will there be an adjustment in the end of the year to give some of those days back as has been done in past administrations? Especially with forcing teachers to come back in for workdays the following week after the end of the year, it would be a nice gesture as teacher morale and salaries are so low.

Problem driving

To the driver of the silver gray BMW speeding down Jamestown Road Sunday morning at 10:25 AM: Your disregard for safety almost caused a three- car collision. Had I not applied my brakes as you swerved from the right lane to allow you to get in front of me, you, I and the car you were passing in the right lane would have collided. You still had to stop for the traffic light at John Tyler Lane. What was your big hurry? Life is too short to take such risks.

To the reader/driver who thinks that some want to drive 60 or 70 mph on Centerville Road. Perhaps you have the problem completely backward. I don't want to go 60 or 70 but on a daily basis, I am trapped behind a driver who refuses to come within 5 to 10 mph of the speed. Whether I am on Centerville, Rochambeau, John Tyler or Forge Road, the number of drivers going 10 mph below the speed is astounding. We just want to go the speed.

According to the VDOT website, the Monticello-Ironbound project is scheduled to be completed by late spring 2016. To report potholes, call VDOT at 1-800-367-7623.

Ferry frustration

I feel you in your frustration in that you believe you have to ride the ferry, more so for convenience on your part, I believe. The state also provides two other crossing points, above and below the ferry, which are also free, taxpayer supported. Concerning running the oldest ferry: If you have noticed, one of the boats is missing. So when maintenance or fueling must be done , the smallest boat in the fleet is used, which makes sense instead of the alternative of only running one.

Closed captions

There is a row of TV's in front of the cardio machines at the WJCC Recreation Center. Many people use the "closed captions" feature as there is no sound unless you use earphones. Or at least they used to. With the new Cox all-digital system, the closed captions are about half the prior size and totally unreadable. According to the trainers, Cox has been over several times to correct other problems but seem unable to correct this one.

Tongue in cheek

Is there anything to the rumor that Dominion Power and Trump University are in negotiations with CW to scrap those ugly towers, build a home campus for TU at Carter's Grove and put a small underground nuclear power plant beneath the armory area? CW gets 2% of net revenue and it's money problems are solved, Kingsmill won't see the towers, the Peninsula gets all the power it needs and Donald final gets a "real" campus. Wins all around, I say.

Riding the bus

Our public transportation system considers students and tourists interests above those of the local workers who desperately need transportation to the sub-subsistence jobs that sustain the local economy.

How many people who are running the WATA actually depend on the public transportation system to get to and from work, the grocery, and the doctor? Have any of them tried to live their life depending on WATA for their transportation? How about if these bureaucrats were required to depend on WATA for their transportation for six months. I'll bet the recommendations would change drastically.

Statement of diversity

The dream has been hijacked: "When people will not be judged by the color of their skin" has morphed into spending up to $35 million to increase "faculty diversity" and the desire for prospective W&M faculty members to submit a "statement of diversity." What a duplicitous world liberals have foisted upon us.

Please provide a follow up report on the proposed requirement that applicants for faculty positions at William and Mary may have to submit a "statement of diversity" as part of the application process. What exactly is a "statement of diversity"? Will a particular position on diversity be required in order to receive a faculty appointment? Has the Faculty Assembly been consulted on this requirement? Are statements on religious preferences and political views under consideration as required as part of the employment process? Is William and Mary considering abandoning the long held concept of academic freedom for professors? Most interesting.

Roundabouts

Regarding the New Jersey workers who feel "absolute stark terror" when navigating a roundabout: How stupid are the workers, that they can't comprehend a simple yield sign? Seriously, how low do we have to set the standards before everyone feels comfortable enough to navigate life's daily tasks?

Prescription glasses

To the person who had problems with prescription glasses: I love my sunglass clips, have worn them for years, over my Rx glasses, but sometimes it's hard to find the right size. I've been very happy ordering them from a company called Haven. You can find it online.

Primary rules

To the person who complained about the "RNC's primary rules" and party registration: rules for selecting delegates to a national nominating convention are adopted by each state's party leaders, not the RNC. That is why the rules of selection vary so widely state to state. In Virginia voters do not designate a party affiliation when registering to vote. Therefore, all primaries here are by default open to any registered voter. You just have to pick one—you can't vote in both!

U.N. diet

A recent letter stated that a 2010 United Nations report found that animal agriculture is responsible for 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases and urged a shift to a vegan diet. Does that mean that all dining facilities in all U.N. offices worldwide now serve only vegan fare?

Memorable music

My family and I recently moved back to Williamsburg. We had lived here in the 1990s and one of our great memories was listening to Jackson Douglas's Soundsational radio show on WMBG. We are very disappointed that it is no longer on that station. He played truly unique music. Does anyone know where Jackson Douglas is now? Surely he must be on the air somewhere? Any help would be appreciated.

School equity

Jamestown parents agree that there is a disparity in resources between Lafayette and Jamestown. We'll trade you our auxiliary gym for your excellent teachers and administrators. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

Freedom bell

I regret that I ever participated in ringing the "Freedom Bell." I did not realize it represented freedom to rewrite history, tear down monuments, and change the names of buildings, streets, and institutions.

Customer service

I would like to commend the customer service that Dima exhibits at Martin's. I make a point to go through his line every time I see that he is working. He greats me with a smile, he is friendly and goes above and beyond to make sure his customers are taken care of (I know I am not alone).

Looking for …

Where can you find cloth diapers? Respond back in the Last Word. Thank you.

Does anyone know where I can obtain one of the old timey rowing exercise machines with the little wooden seats that roll back and forth on a simple metal frame?

If anyone has a complete mahjongg game, please call 258-3048.

Transgender issue

If the Gloucester teen who is transgender and is suing to use the men's restroom has had the operation and externally/visually appears to be male, then there should be no problem. If the teen hasn't had the operation, then she's just a cross dresser until she does.

Silent TV watching

I think it would be a big improvement if all television sets in old folks' homes were made with no volume controls. The residents who enjoy the TV would be required to use ear phones or read the closed captions on the TV screen. This would help the residents to be able to tolerate each other's noise and improve living conditions.

Wildflower garden

I want to share what I experienced as I started a wildflower garden a year ago in an area that had been a basketball court in my back yard. I used seed purchased from American Meadows and sowed by hand to cover the area in zinnias. They grew to 5 ft. tall and were exquisite! The seed from discount stores is about 20% seed and 80% filler. American Meadows is 100% seed. After sowing, you sit back and enjoy, as will the bees, butterflies and birds. For best results, you need a place in your yard that gets plenty of sun each day. Good luck!

Competitive placement

Do the people at New Town know what they are doing? They are hurting established tenants like Ichiban, Z Pizza and others by opening competitors virtually or actually right next door! They are placing another Asian restaurant adjacent to Ichiban, and opened Blaze in direct competition to a good pizza shop. The area has lost seven stores in four months and I hear more are leaving. Why? The area is barren and too much has been overbuilt is why!

Presidential politics

At last! We now see the Obama administration's strategy to defeat ISIS. Send in 250 more special ops troops and "try to find out what works." What a relief! For a while I was concerned that our Commander-in-Chief didn't have a plan.

To the person who stated "Putin would eat him alive," I'm sure you were referring to Trump: Let me remind you that Putin thinks President Obama is a "joke." It doesn't get any worse than that. Furthermore, while Trump has a proven record of successful negotiating skills, both Obama and Kerry gave away the store with their disgraceful Iran deal.

Sound of gunfire

If you want to experience the magic of Syria or one of our more domestic large urban wonderlands, I invite you to move to Toano Woods where you will be treated to a perpetual symphony of semi-automatic gunfire every day from a location off Bush Springs Road. If someone could cite the source of this arsenal, please respond.

Church and state

Sometimes there are religious proselytizers set up in front of the Williamsburg Regional Library. They have stands with religious tracts which they hand to passersby as they discuss their faith. How can they do that on public property since separation of church and state was established by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution?

More on travel soccer

You could have been happier a lot sooner if you created your own club. Rather than just being a complainer, you could have been pro-active and start up your own team and run it the way you like. Parents, let's be clear; you have a choice whether or not to have your child participate in travel sports activities outside of school. If you choose to participate, then quit your whining.

Day of prayer

"Wake up America" is the theme for this year's National Day of Prayer on May 5th. What churches in Williamsburg will be open for prayer that day? Dr. Tony Evans is honorary chairman and will pray in Washington, D.C., at 12 noon.

Cheers!

I would like to commend Lt. Gregory B. LaRose of the Williamsburg Police Department. He came to my rescue the other day when I had a flat tire on route 60 in Norge. He jacked up my truck, changed the wheel for me and put the other wheel back under the truck. He is a very good officer.

Travel medicine

The wife and I just returned from a wonderful week in Cancun. The trip was necessitated by my former dentist, who insisted that I have a procedure, priced at $3,800. I got the same procedure in Mexico. I couldn't have been happier with the quality and outcome, and it was only $600. I saved thousands, and it was a great vacation to boot.

Lawn bowling

Closing lawn bowling by Colonial Williamsburg would be a serious mistake. Colonial Williamsburg is a national jewel. Thanks to Mr. Rockefeller and the many, many, many financial contributors, it is indeed a jewel. Please don't destroy it one bite at a time. We don't need a ritzy tinsel town desperate for business.

Morning quiet time

I'm not sure who has the blue Mustang in the Page Landing neighborhood, but not everyone has to be up at 6:45-and you are not cool revving the loud muffler in the morning! Some people have babies that are asleep, that is until you rev up your toy! You're a bit old to act so ridiculous.

Wasted visit

Medicare has instituted a crazy new rule. I had a periodic six-month office visit with my allergy doctor. I also get periodic allergy shots every three weeks. With the new rule, I can't get the shots the same day as my six-month visit—it counts as two appointments on the same day which is now a no-no. Instead, I have to drive all the way back to the office the next day for my allergy shot. Who makes these rules?

Missing zip code

Why doesn't the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors listing and sales reports include the 23089 Zip Code portion of James City County? This area is part of Greater Williamsburg in every other way (taxes, voting and representation, schools, services, insurance premiums, cable, etc). Why the omission from local real estate statistics?

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