Paying the bills, CW and Stop the calls: The Last Word, Dec. 2

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Thank you

I would just like to give thanks to the person who recovered and returned my debit card from the ATM machine at Sun Trust in Lightfoot on 11/24. In this day and time when no one can be trusted anymore -- hence the new cards with chips -- Sun Trust changed from inserting and removing your card before the transaction to inserting and leaving the card in during the transaction, I forgot to remove my card. Once I realized what had happened, I contacted the bank and put a block on it and ordered a new one. Thanks again for your honesty. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Door-to-door

We cut coupons and shop sales to save a few dollars on groceries then these kids come to the door selling high priced junk food. It's very hard to say no to them and the PTA and group leaders count on this in order to sell. Also, saying no to co-workers who are selling for their children can be awkward. Am I the only one annoyed by this?

Paying the bill

When working people aren't paid sufficient wages to make rent or food or transportation or doctor bills-- who ends up paying the rest of living expenses ? All the generous, thoughtful , caring people who give their money , time and donations to free clinics, FISH, United Way, etc. In other words, good citizens make up the missing wages that employers don't have to pay. Good citizens are subsidizing companies who choose to pay less than a living wage! That will continue as long as the good citizens are willing to subsidize the purchases and services that are not paying enough for the employer to be willing to pay a living wage. I for one am tired of subsidizing companies who are probably making big bucks and probably taking their profits out of Virginia, probably purchasing most of their supplies and goods from out of state so on top of subsidizing their corporate and their employees, the only benefit locally would be property taxes. Imagine the benefit locally and to Virginia if employees earned enough to pay reasonable rent, own and drive a car to work, pay their own medical bills, and even have enough money left to buy extras! Everyone would benefit!

DUI penalties

So a drunk driver killed a Vietnam veteran and is essentially sentenced to 6 1/2 years and a fine of $1,000 -- meanwhile a good man is dead, and we the people support the DUI 2nd offense while he is in prison. We probably paid his legal bills, too. The jerk had been indicted on other counts as well -- so good guy gone and the drunk probably lives to kill or maim in the future. Is this a great state for drunks or what?

Crossing the line

Washington Post headline November 26, 2015 (Section A, page 3) "Will Trump eventually cross the line – or do the lines no longer exist?" The answer is, of course, yes – Exhibit A, the "Red Line" in Syria drawn by our line-drawer-in-chief, President Obama.

Colonial Williamsburg

Sure hope Colonial Williamsburg doesn't listen to the naysayers. CW did a magnificent job with the Halloween celebration and the ice skating is already a big success. They also do a wonderful job educating one and all on the history of our wonderful town. I have also lived here 35 years and am thrilled to see the new programs. If we want the younger generation, especially those who live locally, to come to town, we need to offer something intriguing. Back when my sons were just boys in the local schools, they were amazed how many of their friends had never toured the restored area. Times have changed and certainly no child nowadays would ask Santa for a wooden hoop. So let's continue to add some modern fun with our colonial times and see their smiling faces on DOG Street. Personally, I can't wait to see what they will think up next!

From pictures I have seen, ice skating was something people did in the Colonial days.

A group recently heard a resident tell of her surprise and delight in the new lighting of Colonial Williamsburg! She had expected to be upset but in fact found it was muted and so well done that it made walking in formerly " too dark to walk easily" CW, a pleasure! In fact, she said, "now I think more of the main buildings should be lighted as well!" A friend and I had time to wander down DOG after watching the skaters and we, too, were so pleased with being able to feel comfortable walking along DOG whereas in the past we wouldn't even have thought about it. It was lovely, the market and other places were manned and visitors were about. Good show, CW!

Colonial Williamsburg came into being because of a dream and a vision. Throughout the intervening years, the dream of Dr. Goodwin and the Rockefeller has been embraced and fostered by countless people with a result that has become a national treasure. Now, however, it would appear that the essence of what helped to make CW a national treasure is being diluted by a mentality which is solely concerned with the "bottom line." A mentality which is rapidly draining the class and dignity from a gloried and storied institution.

Flying the flag

I think it is very disheartening to see our flag flying at Government offices, i.e.: The United States Post Offices 24 / 7 unilluminated. Either take it down at night or put a light on it!

Refugees

Why has nothing been said in the great refugee debate about the Boston Marathon Bombers? The Sterner brothers were admitted as asylum-seeking youths in 2002, but their assimilation into US society was unsuccessful despite one becoming a U.S. citizen and the other having an American wife and application under review at the time of their treason. The federal government was an epic failure in protecting us from these mass murderers. What will be different this time around? How many times do we have to suffer the consequences before we wise up?

Is it true?

Does anyone know if it's true that the Republicans want to take down the solar collectors on the interstate that run emergency phones and lighting and convert them to coal power?

Stop the calls!

I tried to sign up with www.nomorobo.com so that we wouldn't keep getting those annoying robot calls. Unfortunately, the web site cannot accommodate Verizon subscribers without Verizon's consent.

The suggestion to sign up with nomorobo.com to stop telemarketing calls and robot calls is great except, currently, Cox is not aligned with the service. The site suggests calling Cox and asking it to endorse the system and help reduce or eliminate irritating calls. The site says the more people who ask Cox to be included, the better.

Looking for ...

I was informed someone is looking for me, Milne Territory, formerly of Jim De Hair Salon. I have opened my own salon. Here is my information: Salon Goa, 1490 Quarter path, Harris Teeter shopping center. 757-208-0386. Jennifer Lewis, formerly of Jim De Hair Salon, is also here at Salon Goa, 804-238-2183.

Questions the president

I sure that by now everyone has forgotten about the gathering of 3.7 million people in Paris along with world leaders from many nations who linked arms and marched in unity against terrorism. One world leader conspicuously missing from this group was Barack Obama. More recently at the G20 meeting in Turkey, when all participants met to observe a moment of silence for those who had been slaughtered by Islamic terrorist in Paris, once again Barack Obama was conspicuously missing. From his disdain for calling these murderers by their name, Islamic terrorist, to all his other actions to avoid defeating these people, you have to wonder whose side he is on.

Climate change

After meeting with the French Prime Minister and getting disturbing reports from our highest military officers concerning the threat of terrorism around the globe, our President made a major statement. He declared that global climate change is the biggest threat that faces us today. Evidently, the Paris terrorist attack was no big deal, but this week Obama has gone to Paris to attend a climate change conference that will most assuredly strike fear to the hearts of terrorists worldwide!

COLA

About inflation and the COLA with President Obama—people aren't looking for jobs. Maybe that's because the jobs are down to 5% unemployment. I think that's pretty darn good. I'm not struggling. My cost of living has gone down, not up, and I've got more savings now than I did in 2006.

Add to monument?

I wonder whether it would be feasible in the area of the Viet Nam war memorial to put the wives' and children's names, who grieve with no recognition or thanks, for their sacrifice, too?

Lacking credibility

Robert Reich simply has no credibility - his article demonstrates his irrational hatred and bias for anything that does not march lock step with his own left wing radicalized liberal thinking. His professed willingness to consider other opinions is belied by his action in both the political arena and in the classroom. Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. - William F. Buckley, Jr.

Executive orders

The Federal Registry provides a much more accurate tally of executive orders than Wikipedia – though your numbers were inaccurate they were not grossly inaccurate. The numbers frankly are immaterial or we would have crucified FDR for 3,522 EO's and Carter for 319 EO's in 4 years. The significance of EO's are not in the numbers of EO's issued by each President but how they are used. When EO's are used to by-pass the American people and their elected members of the House and Senate than we have an issue. Obama has used several of his EO's specifically to by-pass our elected representatives in such matters as creating his illegal czar positions, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, 9 were directed toward Obamacare and 3 toward some form of amnesty for illegal aliens. That is where we, the American people, take issue with Obama. We elected a president, not an emperor. Congress passes laws, not presidents.

About Obama signing executive orders. Sure, he does. That's because we have a "do nothing" Congress, and if he didn't sign some of these things, our country would just be at a standstill.

Wednesday's comment that many previous presidents issued substantially more executive orders than President Obama. Absolutely true—if all you know is score keeping. Counting, however, is totally irrelevant. The important issue is what those orders do. In Obama's administration the executive orders are designed to circumvent Congress, the Constitution, and existing laws. Obama's orders consistently promote illegal actions and end up in litigation, where some orders—13—have been overturned by the Supreme Court. Other orders are now in litigation, working their way through the court system en route to the Supreme Court. Now you're better prepared to pass Civics 101 - and to vote.

College campuses

As a visitor but with family alumni of 20 years ago. The colleges need to have a compassion program. I don't know where some of these students get their values. Well, things don't happen automatically in time. I was taking a walk around William and Mary recently. I had a bad fall and not one student came to my rescue. I struggled to get up and clean off and then limped into the library where an adult employee cared. But a lot of hills on campus. The same thing happened in Washington, D.C. in a campus area, several years ago (late '90s).

Turkey

In response to the writer extolling the virtues of our "ally" Turkey: 90% of the foreign recruits entered Syria through Turkey unabated to join Isil. 90% of the Isil oil is sold on the black market in Turkey for half price. They refused to let us run bombing runs into Syria from Inclyrik air base costing us valuable time and money. The only refugee camps in Turkey are more like prison camps. They are currently funneling the refugees straight into Greece and points west. With an ally like that, who needs enemies.

War and terrorism

And next, about soldiers getting killed. President Obama has tried for seven years to pull us out of the war, and what has Congress done? It wants to get us back into war. And as far as the current administration doing nothing to further our security—name one thing that's happened on a grandiose scale in our country since 9/11. I can't think of anything. So, for you that are down on our president, go back and think real hard. Republicans might take over next year or the year after, but if they do, do you think things are really going to change dramatically? I don't think so. Not until we have a Congress that will do something.

Good deal, America

If you like Mexican, Taco Bell is doing a bang-up job of serving food at a low cost and increasing the portions. Most fast food places are now more expensive than they were last year and serving smaller portions. The economy is bad, but they keep up. Downsizing will make a buck.

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