Last word Nov. 18: Thanks from a veteran

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From a vet

I'm a Vietnam veteran. And people familiar with the Vietnam conflict will remember veterans weren't treated too nice when they returned home. I have Vietnam personalized sticker on my vehicle. The people from Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Newport News, surrounding areas made me feel so proud to have served on Veterans Day as I was riding through the area. I had so many people toot their horns, holler out the window, wave at me and recognize my service that it brought tears to my eyes. Every place I went to, they were asking if I was a veteran, they gave me discounts. It was just a feeling that made me even prouder that I had served my country in the United States military. I'd like to thank each and every one that made me feel so humble and so proud and so emotional yesterday. Again, thank you, the people in the surrounding areas of Williamsburg and James City County.

Guns

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." So, if you want a gun, join a militia and help protect the state.

Come and get it

Free 32" Sony FD Trinitron Color TV. Works good, needs new home, two strong bodies needed to carry it to your vehicle. 258-5960

We have a box full of LP albums, also an antique typewriter and a very old slide projector for the taking. Call 258-5429.

Inflation

Call it what you will but, regardless of low gas prices, the cost of food has increased astronomically over the past year. When a can of green beans goes from 59 cents to more than a dollar in a short period of time, and most other food items reflect such increases, that's inflation!

Annual COLA

I'm responding to the person that wrote about the COLA recently. Yes, that's correct to say food prices are not considered in the formula to create a COLA. But it is also true that fuel costs and the price of pharmaceuticals are also not a part of the equation either.

To the person calling in regarding the cost of living adjustment and food/groceries not being counted as part of inflation: It needs to be. Everyone eats but everyone doesn't need a car or drive a car. So it should be. My life and my livelihood was a lot better before President Obama took office. You know, there are a lot of people that made foolish mistakes in making purchases that they should not have done themselves—so let's put some responsibility there. But my life was a lot better. I am struggling at this point after eight years with President Obama. It's great that gas has gone down, but people aren't looking for jobs—they're just out of the job market—and the cost of living has gone up. Everyone is struggling. Savings have gone. You need to look at your math. When you have a loss and a gain (and it's not a full gain), it's still a loss. Thank you.

The old days

Talking about Duke of Gloucester Street. When I was a teenager in the 50s, we used to drag race on Duke of Gloucester Street and if Lou and Ham Smith was the policeman on duty, we knew they wouldn't chase us. So we really had a ball! Thank you.

More Civics 101

Yes, you are very correct when you say it's the Executive Branch's main role is to administer what Congress mandates. But in this case, basically, our President—our wonderful Mr. Obama—signs executive orders to anything that he wants. He doesn't seem to follow the rules of Congress.

The comment entitled Civics 101 last Wednesday accurately described the way our government works according to constitutional law. In an effort to support President Obama, the writer failed to mention that the President ignores Congress, modifying existing laws at will and implementing executive orders as he pleases. The Supreme Court has ruled thirteen times that the President has overstepped his constitutional authority. This week, the President's executive order on immigration was overruled by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and is now headed back to the Supreme Court. How's that for complying with Civics 101?

Recommended

I recently was assisted by Josh, assistant manager at the new O'Reilly Auto Parts on Rt. 143. He was so helpful and truly went out of his way to fix my problem. What a delightful experience! I will never go anywhere else for my auto assistance! Thank you so much, Josh!!

I took my daughter to The Grecian Plate for lunch (she spent a summer in Greece and loves Greek food) and we both were very pleased with the food and the friendly service. I had a gyro and it was delicious. I noticed they do a lot of take-out orders too. They are located at 4920-D Monticello Avenue in the section kind of behind Verizon, and their phone number is 565-2888. I highly recommend them and plan to visit them again often and next time will try one of their desserts which my daughter said were scrumptious. Needless to say, she was very impressed, too.

Wars still not over

So, the writer stating "that more Americans died because of President Bush than were killed in 9/11" didn't go on to state how many of our soldiers have died since Obama has been in office . Part of the "Obama for President " campaign was that he was going to get us out of the war; when he leaves office,

eight years later our soldiers will still be getting killed. The current administration has done nothing to further America's security due to foreign terrorism.

Magnolia tree

I have lived here in Williamsburg for over 12 years and have always enjoyed all of the gorgeous magnolia trees. To my dismay I saw today that the new Aldi grocery store site has cut down a huge magnolia that lived right by the sidewalk at the edge of the site. That tree had to have been several decades old and was over 15 feet wide. Did they not see it on the plan before construction? Did they really need that one strip of ground that would have enhanced their site? I understand that they had to clear trees to build the store but this was a tragedy that could have easily been avoided.

Looking for ...

Does anyone know what happened to the Book Exchange used book store on Jamestown Road?

I'm in need of a place to do shredding of personal documents. I'd appreciate it if someone could recommend where to call. Thank you.

I'm looking for someone that can run a water line to the ice maker/water maker in a refrigerator, for free or for a small fee. Please let me know. Thank you.

If anyone has any moving boxes, paper or bubble wrap left over from their move, would you be willing to sell them for a reasonable price or give them away? Will pick up. Call 757-784-6329.

To the person looking for a hair dresser to cut short fine hair, you need to call Linda Marie at 757-784-0066. She is wonderful and has been cutting my short fine hair for close to 10 years.

Last Word

I am concerned that the anonymity offered by the Last Word has caused some contributors to become abusive in their comments regarding the posts of others. It would be unfortunate if this page became a hard copy of the meanness that is displayed on web sites where comments are allowed. Perhaps The Virginia Gazette should consider publishing the names of the contributors to the Last Word as it does on the letters to the editor page.

Clean laundry

To the reader who commented that the post about EEE Resource Center washing dog beds and floor mats must have been tongue in cheek...rest assured it was not! We have commercial grade laundry equipment and are able to dedicate certain machines to certain items, and in addition, we maintain thorough cleaning standards. We are prepared to service any laundry needs and are proud of our ability to clean large, bulky items...including dog beds and floor mats. Pets deserve clean beds, too! We invite anyone to visit us at 4548 A John Tyler Hwy and see for yourself. Thanks to our loyal customers for your continued support of our nonprofit program that serves adults with special needs.

Road signs

The Williamsburg road signs on I-64 need to be cleaned. They are difficult to read in the dark and rainy weather.

Dog time

We were pleased to see the letter about dogs and daylight saving time. We thought it maybe was just our dog who was having trouble adjusting. I am happy to say that today, after 10 days of us having to get up very early with her, she slept her normal hours. Thank goodness.

Voter turnout

I believe the voter turnout in our recent elections was driven by folks who understood the issues and were voting to influence the direction our government takes. Far better a low turnout of informed voters than a high turnout of uninformed who don't have a clue but vote based on the superficial, or worse yet, vote based on the mean spirited childish ads that the candidates run.

GOP debate

In the debate last night there was one point that was especially frustrating. And that's when Kasich and Jeb Bush went after Ted Cruz, who said that banks weren't too big to fail, could file for bankruptcy. And both Kasich and Jeb Bush don't understand a thing about banking. First of all, you're federally insured up to $250,000. You'd have to be an idiot to put more than $250,000 in one bank. You don't lose a penny. Most people don't have $250,000 in a bank. So if the bank fails, there's FDIC—insured. You get most of your money back. And they were going on and on about the poor depositor. And I thought, "What poor depositor? What are you talking about?" My husband turned to me and said, "Do these guys know anything about banking?" That's their background. Jeb Bush sits on a board, Kasich sits on a board. How do they know so little about banking? They don't even know their own field.

Helping needy

Some people who attend a Christian church and put money in the collection plate do not realize that only 10% of their money will be used to help people in need. Jesus told his followers that the way to spread his gospel is to help people in need and to lay up their treasures in Heaven and not on earth.

Believe it or not

A good number of William and Mary students, some of the smartest in the world, do not know how to address letters and packages. Believe it or not.

Minimum wage

The old cliché—you take home what you asked for—is appropriate. McDonalds, other fast foods that are being pushed to raise the minimum wage to $15 have decided they will use the kiosk like Martin's uses here, to order from the deli; WaWa uses to order your food, you know. And we all have to be pretty adept at using our index finger to order things or move things. So they're going to do that. What are they going to pay these kiosks? No taxes, no health benefits, no nothing. Just a little electricity and a little maintenance every now and then. So, are we winning or are we losing? You got to think these things through.

Immigration

So I sit here watching the candidates go Blah Blah Blah. One person wants to give illegal immigrants the right to become legal just because they are in the country. How about deporting them because they are here illegally and let them sit in their home country and do the paperwork and try to become a legal citizen like the other law abiding people did. Basically, he wants the law breakers to have rights while the law abiders pay and don't get their rights. It's cheaper to deport and let them sit outside and figure it out than it is to let them stay and suck up my tax dollars.

Health care

It's obvious the mob has taken over the health and medical industry in America.

Thank you!

Thanks to Chipotle for sponsoring a successful fundraiser to support William & Mary's ROTC cadets! We're proud of our cadets, past and present, and grateful to this community business for being a valued booster.

WMDs found

In response to the misinformation under the title President Bush. Wrong War? Really? To date, 500 weapons munitions which contain potentially lethal mustard and pure Sarin nerve agent—classified as WMDs—were recovered and destroyed; In 2006, 2,400 nerve-agent rockets were found in a single compound; In October 2014, the New York Times reported that U.S. servicemen had been exposed and injured during the disposal and destruction of 4,990 chemical weapons that had been discovered in Iraq; In November 2014, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reported the recovery and destruction of an additional 4,530 aging chemical weapons by American forces; In February 2015, The New York Times revealed that following the recovery of 17 Borak in 2004 and early 2005, the United States began acquiring and destroying Borak rockets leading to the destruction of more than 400 Borak rockets filled with Sarin. No WMD? Really? By some counts, there have been over 9,500 WMD's found since 2002.

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