Last Word on being one of the guys, April 20

The Virginia Gazette
Reader applauds Dan Cristol's monthly birding column and the smart information he shares.

Eye protection

Help! I just learned from my optician that the transition glasses I wear do not protect eyes from damaging UVA and the other damaging rays, despite the fact that they darken! Who knew? I only realized my eyes were still bothered by glare and finally asked the question. So the only answer, I was told, prescription sunglasses. I have recently spotted polarized clip-ons in a drug store that might work with some glasses.

Looking for …

Is anyone sponsoring a prom dress contribution and girls' shopping event? I have a never-worn beautiful prom dress to donate. Thanks.

Can anyone suggest a local eye doctor who specializes in working with older folks? Particularly complicated multifocal eyeglass prescriptions? Thanks!

Once again, our blanket making group is looking for someone who would like the 4-inch fleece squares that are left over from making blankets. We think there must be someone who can repurpose them. We hate discarding them. swamprmc@cox.net

About 'the guys'

I am a 75-year-old female who wears jeans and Bernie Sanders T-shirts. I am totally insulted when a server says, "Hello, ma'am." What are they trying to do—make me feel old? They treat me like I'm their grandmother! Just say, "Yo!" and bump my fist, bro!

A woman in the April 16 Last Word stated that she becomes so insulted over wait staff at restaurants who include her in the group greeting of "Hi guys!" that she will now refuse to tip those who use that greeting. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines "guys" as used in plural to refer to the members of a group regardless of gender. She is either too easily offended or perhaps is looking for a way to stiff the server of a well deserved tip and still leave the restaurant with her head held high with manufactured righteous indignation.

Thanks for the column

Thank you, Dr. Dan Cristol, for your informative bird columns. You outdid yourself with last Saturday's column packed on tips to help birds, from supporting renewable energy, keeping cats indoors, feeding and watering the birds, providing nesting boxes, native plant and insect habitats to leaving baby birds alone and participating in citizen science projects. Kudos!

About Waller Mill

Waller Mill has been closed to boat rentals and season fishing pass holders who also use the boats since last October. All spring no progress has been made on completing the pier renovations due to what staff and contractors cite as "design issues." When will this project get finished?

Recommended

We enjoyed a new restaurant in the New Town last night, Capriccio Ristorante, formerly Hogarth's. It's Italian with a wonderful menu. We sat at the bar and enjoyed a delicious white pizza and a Greek salad that was fantastic. The bartenders, Drew and Rachael, were fun to chat with. A great atmosphere.

Lafayette lives

The destruction of the James Blair gym will have a negative effect on the Lafayette sport programs and its student athletes. Why is it that Dr. Constantino and the staff at the central office never bothered to ask about the potential impacts of removing the Blair gym? Would this omission have happened if it was Jamestown High School instead of Lafayette High School? I think not. One can only conclude that Lafayette lives don't matter.

Lights stay on

The parking lot lights in the Williamsburg City Post Office have been on 24-hours a day for quite a while. Wonder why the manager hasn't taken action to conserve energy and save taxpayer money. Maybe the cost of the electricity should be taken out of his or her salary each month to pay for those lights.

Free to you

One large overstuffed couch, floral print, in good condition. Stanley bunk beds, dresser and two nightstands. First come. You haul. 757-645-3870.

Presidential politics

What a menu to choose from in the Republican primaries. Whining Don, Lying Ted and Waffling John. Makes hated Hillary (by Republicans) and even phony Democrat Bernie look good. From the dessert menu, the only choice is Republican Rhubarb pie. The Wine List has only one wine, Don's Aged Whine. Hillary and Bernie are having a sandwich at the nearest deli. They passed on the humble pie for dessert.

Does Bernie Sanders and his cry for $15 per hour minimum wage know what this will do to the very people he thinks it will help? First of all the uneducated will remain just that uneducated. If you take away the incentive of getting a better paying job that requires more education, you will forever be stuck with a minimum wage job. Secondly, costs of lower priced goods and services will have to be increased to pay for the increased minimum wage, the very goods and services that poorer people use.

What a strange election year. We yearn for one person with the integrity, experience, temperament and vision to lead us. One person whose policies and alliances will benefit the country in the long term, not just offer gifts and goodies to a few (purchased with even more national debt). We yearn, and wonder what has become of this once great land.

Doctor appointments

It is so hard to get an appointment with your primary doctor now. I can't imagine what it would be like with socialized medicine.

Poor placement

Thanks to the Williamsburg Post Office for leaving my new championship hat in a box next to the gutter drain pipe. I'm glad it didn't rain last night or it would have been ruined. I didn't get the shirt that was sent out with the hat. Hopefully, that will fit in the mailbox because obviously the porch is too far to walk.

Use for roundabouts

The vast majority of local citizens are elated about the decision not to construct a roundabout on Centerville Road. A friend who frequently uses several roundabouts in New Jersey reminded me of a downside of the decision. When using roundabouts on the way to their jobs, New Jersey workers experience several moments of absolute stark terror—which guarantee they will be very wide awake and alert to face their first tasks upon arrival on the job!

Thank you

I would like to compliment Joanne and Felicia, two very personable, smiling and helpful sales persons at the Pottery sale this past Saturday. They were right there, explaining where things were, what was on sale, and even finding carts to move the large heavy pots.

A special thank you to York County Fire/Rescue Station 5 for all of their help over the years. Any time I would need help with my husband, they would be here within minutes. I don't know what I would have ever done without all of their help all of those nights. Thank you to all of the men and women who spend their days and nights helping and saving others' lives. Thank you!!

Feeding cats

I disagree with the comment on cat food (avoiding salmon) for cats. My cat developed diabetes by eating dry cat foods. I joined a cat diabetes forum on Facebook and learned how high carbs and fillers are bad for cats. My cat is, now, on the low carb wet foods but is allergic to chicken, liver, cod and whitefish in any cat foods. Since he has diabetes he is limited to very low carb foods. He is doing great on salmon in cat food and fresh as long as they are low carb. Just like humans and allergies, it depends on the cat.

Mail problem

I have an 84-year-old friend who lives in a condo and her mail is delivered in a group of boxes pretty far from her. She has knee problems and most of the time she drives to the group of boxes to get her mail. Would it be possible for the mail carrier take her mail to her door that is on ground level?

Grammar police

To the "ordained minister of the Universal Life Church," who believes the Bible was written in English, and that is the language God speaks: You are having a little joke, and putting us all on, aren't you? If not, and just to be sure, I went online to the ULC web site today and filled out the form which guarantees that I can also become one of the 20 million ULC ministers too. Pretty easy. They haven't sent me the material about God only speaking English yet.

Library book sale

The Friends of the Library book sale is usually a pleasant event. However, the first day of the sale, limited to those with a membership, was somewhat marred by a group of "friends" who swooped in like vultures with their scanners, and proceeded to "buy" an extremely large amount of books and music. The rest of the friends had no chance for these items. Perhaps the organization's leadership could institute a "no scanners" policy for the first day of the sale so everyone can have fair access to sale items.

Poor communication

It's a sad day and a reflection on the quality of our congressman when one writes him to complain about a problem and you get a form letter in return blaming the Democrats on the trouble created by the Boehner, Ryan, McConnell leadership, adding the insult of spelling my name wrong. Lost my vote in November.

Follow the votes

In reading the "your votes in Washington" section regularly, we are struck at how consistently bills that would protect, assist, help the general population of we "ordinary people" are defeated by the GOP reps. Do they not like us? At all? In contrast, Representative Scott supports bills that would accomplish the above. He gets which bills would help Americans. I hope voters scrutinize the very informative votes articles.

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