Last Word on candidate Cruz, Feb. 13

The Virginia Gazette
Reader takes new member Holly Taylor to task for missing two school board meetings

Road safety

If you are concerned about road safety, I challenge the board to take a road trip, after dark, while it is raining. Please drive Centreville to Route 5 and/or Longhill from Centreville to New Town. Let me know if you can see the markings on the road, as they completely disappear. No white or yellow lines. Now that's a problem. Don't know where the middle is or side of the road. Talk about a safety issue.

Schools questions

It is disappointing that Holly Taylor, who rode to victory in the recent school board election on the coat tails of her Republican colleague Sue Sadler, has already shown her true colors by missing the first two school board meetings since being sworn in.

On the WJCC Schools website, the middle school menu for February lists these items as available on Feb. 8, "Meatless Monday:" Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Strip Salad. (Chickens may not be very smart, but they're hardly vegetables!) Even better: in a sidebar, the menu states that Domino's Pizza is "available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday." What's the only day "Pizza!" is listed on the calendar? Thursday. Thanks for keeping our minds engaged!

School bus drivers leaving due to pay change, leaving kids at stops some over an hour while the driver does a run and returns back to get kids!

Why is it that WJCC schools can't admit something happened and apologize? Instead, they make families have to hire legal counsel to get answers they're entitled to and it's state mandated! They talk about how much they care, yet when one of their students gets hurt, they do nothing. Four families with legal counsel at one school. WJCC, just do the right thing!

Do you know most school bus drivers work two jobs and get less than six hours of sleep but have to make ends meet due to pay changes?!

Candidates

As a Republican woman who likes a lot of the ideals that Ted Cruz stands for, I have zero respect for him. Here's why: 1. He says that our wonderful black candidate, Ben Carson, dropped out of the race. I kept saying to my husband, "Why have Ben Carson's numbers gone down? I don't understand how they dropped so dramatically." And Ted Cruz after the caucus, says, "Well, I'm sorry." Well, it's too late. 2. He used preachers. Can't be campaigning in your church. You can give your opinion to your own family and that's it. To use your church as a platform to influence people in an election — it's inappropriate. 3. How dare he insult everybody in New York, by saying, "It's your New York values and your New York morals"? My grandmother, father and mother all grew up in New York and they have the highest values ever. I know many people from New York who have incredibly high standards.

It's not clear that Ted Cruz meets the Constitutional requirement that the President be a "natural born citizen." Williamsburg's own St. George Tucker, a leading authority on terms used in the Constitution, wrote in 1803 that the natural-born-citizen clause is "a happy means of security against foreign influence." Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother (who was also a Canadian citizen). As such, Cruz was both a Canadian because he was born in Canada and an American because his mother was an American citizen. His mother probably had to register his birth when he came to the U.S. at the age of 4 to establish his U.S. citizenship. He held dual Canadian-American citizenship for 43 years until he renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2013. So while Cruz meets the legal requirements for U.S. citizenship "at birth," that may not be the same as a natural born citizen.

I don't understand where the caller got the observation that there is no diversity in the candidates for the nomination for President. We have a black, two women, a Cuban American, a Canadian, a bombastic billionaire, a very senior citizen, several sitting members of Congress, and a couple of governors. How much more diverse does the caller want the group to be? Native Americans are barred by the Constitution from running, as are Puerto Ricans, citizens of American Samoa, and of the US Virgin Islands. I think the bases of diversity are well covered.

Residential lodging

Action is needed regarding the proposed legislation on residential lodging. Please call or write your representative to declare your support for HB 812. Many who own homes in the city would like the opportunity to welcome guests into our homes. We, too, would like to generate extra income, and pay the required city taxes, from the many respectable tourists who visit our community. My residential neighborhood contains two B and B establishments where guests come and go on a regular basis. It is not a disruption to the neighborhood. As for strangers and noise, the house down the street is rented to a rowdy gang. We wish they were staying for only a few days rather than in a one-year lease agreement. It seems that stays of fewer than 30 days for transient guests are permitted in James City and York counties. Let's allow the same for the city. Thank you for your support.

Free to you

Free moving boxes. Please call 259-0523.

Two chain-drive, one-half horsepower garage door openers. One Genie and one Chamberlain. Both work well and are ready for installation. If interested, call 565-0722 to set up a pick-up time. Will need a pick-up truck to haul. And these are free for the taking. Thank you.

36-inch Sony color TV. Free to the first one to take it away. Works perfectly. Call 564-8961.

Great amenities

Great to read of hotels supporting health-conscious guests with in-room exercise equipment, healthy snacks and "roof top yoga"! Will local hotels add such amenities to up their attraction?

Recommended

I wanted to send out my recommendation for a wonderful housecleaner named Molly at 757-715-5126. She has been with me for four years and I absolutely adore her and her work is excellent. I had a larger company for years but this worked out better, a much more personal service.

I want to compliment all the people that work at the AARP Tax Aide. They are all very nice and really care about you. They are very patient with you. They are all very knowledgeable about all the tax questions you ask them. I have been going to the library where they are for many years. We are very fortunate to have them to do our taxes. If anyone needs to do their taxes, they are the ones to go to.

It is refreshing to deal with professionals who return calls, take pride in their work and complete jobs on time. Tom Stewart and his co-worker Garry did exceptional work in replacing rotted window frames, repairing a damaged door and various other home projects. We highly recommend them for their superb service and work. Call Tom Stewart at (757) 707-2066.

I stopped by Carolina Furniture Carpets recently looking for an Oriental [rug] for the living room of my new little downsized house in Lanexa. I found two that I loved but couldn't decide which would work best. Joe Steele of Carolina Rugs said he lived in Lanexa and would bring both rugs to my home to help me decide. He arrived on Saturday morning and I quickly decided which rug I preferred. He noticed that my grandfather clock was not working. He proceeded to put the weights in, leveled and set the clock. It was ticking for the first time in many months. I tried to pay him for his time, but he refused, was just amazingly kind and helpful to me. I live on a very long, bumpy, muddy road so I asked if I could at least pay to have his car washed---nope, he wouldn't accept my offer! What better customer service could ever be given than what I got.

Thank you

We want to thank the jogger on Patrick Henry Drive, Dec. 20th, around 3:30. As I was returning home from foot surgery, he assisted my husband getting me up the steps and safely into the house. God bless you.

We want to add our thanks and kudos to Peggy Ritchey for delivering our newspapers during the latest snow storm. She has been delivering papers to us for a long time on a daily basis come rain or snow. We are very fortunate to have her as our carrier.

Dental coverage

We are interested in knowing how many people have been informed by a certain Dental Group they would no longer be a provider under your insurance company? Main reason, the well-known, "reputable" insurance company, does not compensate at high enough rate. Alternative offered: their own insurance plan.

Looking for ...

I am looking for a reliable auto mechanic that is reasonably priced. I have a 1999 Ford Ranger that needs some engine work done. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

In search of a good, old fashioned cleaning person. Someone who is willing to get on their hands and knees to scrub floors, wipe baseboards, clean countertops, wet dust instead of feather dusting. Bonded and insured appreciated. Looking for an individual, not a company. Please call the Last Word and leave your contact information.

Local nonprofit seeking to help divorced, single father with reliable transportation. Please contact Melanie King at 810-4337, director of Proclaiming Grace Outreach. Thank you.

I have a very bad back and cannot afford an inversion machine recommended for my condition. If you have one you'd like to transfer to a good home, I'll be happy to pick it up. Call 757-291-5353. Thanks.

Found: I found a nice bicycle tire maintenance/repair kit in the Jamestown Area. Please email at 19pm58@gmail.com to describe and claim.

I am looking for suggestions for a great audiologist for my husband, that we believe needs hearing aids. He is and has been a long-distance truck driver for many years. Thank you. The number is 757-814-3221 or you can just leave a name in the paper, please. Thank you.

We have a decorative built-in waterfall that needs repairs. Any suggestions of reputable companies that you have used and been pleased with, we would love the names and numbers. Thank you.

I found a pair of wireless ear buds on Sunday morning, Feb. 7. If you could tell me the brand, the color, the serial number or model number, where you lost them and the music that was on it, it's yours. Email dst22589@gmail.com to claim them.

Does anyone recall the name of the gentleman who was featured a couple of years ago in the Gazette who restores donated bicycles and gives them away to students or anyone who could use one? I have one to donate and would appreciate a way to contact him.

About that bell

I have been following the articles written concerning the ringing of the bell for the First Baptist Church. I've got a question that no one seems to be able to answer, or no one wants to answer—is why it took 50 years for the bell to be restored and for the bell to be rung again? I wish someone would give provide an answer as to why it took so long for this bell to be restored and also for the bell to be rung, as this is one of the first black churches in the country

Power lines

I hope that if Dominion is forced to run their power line through my back yard in Toano that the Park Service steps up and helps defend me against the destruction of the view from my back porch, just like they're fighting the view from Jamestown Island and concerning the visual pollution along both sides of the James. I don't think the power line is that much of a problem.

Generally, to mitigate means to make something less severe, harmful, or painful (Merriam-Webster). Little that Dominion Virginia Power has proposed will really do that for the proposed James River power lines. What they have proposed is, essentially, a payment to allow the construction of the power lines to go forward. Of course, if they want to do real mitigation, with the money they propose spending, they could surely hire Christo, an artist who has done such work as wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris, to wrap the towers and lines and paint them to resemble the river view which has been damaged.

Bird watching

I notice that you have a number of bird subjects in the Last Word, and just a point of information, I live in Port Anne and I sit and watch birds as I'm watching TV, and I've seen 55 different various species of birds—small, medium and large. And it's quite interesting to have that much of a variety in one neighborhood area. Thank you.

Stryker Center

Where was the Williamsburg Architectural Review Board when the Stryker Building was approved? It would seem that an explanation as to why it was approved is in order.

Plenty of blame

A previous writer expressed concern about President Obama [being] blamed for all issues that have occurred during his terms of office, apparently feeling the blame unwarranted. Time to remind the writer that Obama has done nothing but blame President Bush for every problem Obama has experienced. What goes around comes around.

Guns

In response to the previous writers contention about Second Amendment rights - the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008 held that the Second Amendment protects a responsible, law-abiding citizen's right to possess an operable handgun in the home for self-defense. The writer concern about how a gun owner might respond if forced to use deadly force in defense of their family is immaterial - they will learn to live with the consequences of their action.

End recorded calls

The next time you answer your phone to hear a recorded message, press the pound key. This simple step should end the call and remove your number from that organization's list. You can also try pushing the combination of star, pound, zero. This disrupts the call and may spare you future robo calls, whether from politicians, shady companies offering car warranties or credit card scams. Good luck! It worked for me.

Delivering the mail

I am a mail carrier and I am shocked over the anger about the mail delivery during the snow storm. There was no mail on Saturday because we received no mail from Richmond, so there wasn't any to deliver. Second, our mail vehicles are not meant for snow. They are not front, rear or all wheel drive; they are no wheel drive and they are very light and that makes it very hard to go through the snow. If you shoveled 10 feet on both side of your box it would make a world of difference for us to get you your mail. If we were able to have you ride along with us during or after the snow storm, you would all change ideas about the Post Office. Your paper carrier may have a 4x4 truck and they don't have to stop; they can keep moving the whole time. We do everything in our power to get you the mail safely but until the plows get into your neighborhoods, it is very difficult to get through them. There is a good group of people at the Post Office doing their best to serve you.

Friday, the first day of snow, our mail carrier's truck got stuck several times on our street. Virginia was under a "state of emergency" when it snowed. I am not upset that I received no mail for a day or two. I don't know the exact number of days because I don't receive mail each and every day. Further, our Gazette was not delivered on Saturday but the following Wednesday, as it was placed in the same plastic bag. Our Daily Press, however, was delivered that Sunday.

Traffic light

I have noticed traffic tie up on Longhill Road at Williamsburg West Drive is almost entirely due to the traffic light staying open for traffic from Williamsburg West Drive much too long. How many times I have sat in a traffic mess while the light was closed to Longhill traffic while there is hardly any traffic coming from Williamsburg West. Now VDOT wants to spend some millions to fix a likely nonexistent problem.

Hold your comments

Please be kind and don't judge people. If you notice that someone is not doing something on a "normal" time schedule for people his age, it may be due to health issues. My child has depression and anxiety. He is being treated by health professionals, and is following a regimen of counseling, good diet, exercise and medications. He gets tremendous support from our family. Just as you would not like to broadcast your health issues, we don't broadcast our son's. It is personal. Comments regarding what our son "should be doing at his age" are not helpful. If you knew what our family is going through, you would understand. Please do not tell parents what milestones our children should be meeting. Some are on their own schedules, and those schedules are just right for them.

Mixed up mail

Apparently, quite a few homes in our sorting area have the same number as ours, though a different street name. We had another one's mail in our box again yesterday. Same number but different street name. The last time this happened I had to return to postman three times before it was understood that the item was not intended for our street. I wonder how many times it will occur this time? I really don't think I should need to make a special trip to the post office, asking that sorters proofread the entire address, or that the delivery person not catch the error prior to slipping it into our box.

Good call

Thanks goodness, they scrapped the Republican loyalty oath. It was ridiculous to start with. Now if only they would they would spend more time on the need for voter ID. That would make a lot of us voters happy.

Sharing empathy

My heart goes out to the man with the bad housekeeper. I have had people who I shared homes with generally go through my things. The last woman also wrote strange messages on my belongings. She stole from me and basically owns two homes and two vehicles. She should have been investigated better, but I found out she is violent toward members of her family. I still can figure that these people had bad childhoods.

Paying the fines

The Gazette lists the dollars a local business has to pay for having imported and sold illegally obtained lumber--we are very glad their practice was caught and hopefully stopped but will the Gazette please keep us posted on the actual payments of the fines? We don't have any confidence that scofflaws really pay for their lawless actions and we all need to know a newspaper reporter will be monitoring.

Frightening driving

It's time now for all yellow yield signs to be banished from our town's streets! Our family car was sitting at the stoplight on Second Street to turn left onto Merrimac Trail to head west. We had the right of way and turned at the green light. To our right was a yellow yield sign. Suddenly, an ignorant driver did not yield, zooming in from the east (shopping center area) and missed my family's car by inches! When he stopped in the grocery store parking lot, he got out and began to hurl racial slurs at us. This dangerous incident is the last straw, Williamsburg. Banish the yellow yield signs now! Signed: a frightened family … and mad!

Cable TV

I see that the Board of Supervisors in James City is finally reviewing the Cox Cable monopoly for service in certain areas of the county. The new requirement for another box to our receivers certainly seems ridiculous given we have a primary box, a distribution box in most houses, and now another box that no one seems to know the real purpose except to add money to the coffers of Cox Cable. I certainly hope that the Board develops a plan for Cox to meet competitive pricing in the areas where Cox is the only service or allow another supplier to use the Cox Network. Must say it's about time for a control to be put on this.

Show some empathy

In response to the person suggesting police should investigate a business where firearms may be present. Firstly: There is no legal reason for them to do so, short of criminal activity. Secondly: To have a concealed carry permit in Virginia, you must pass a concealed carry course to apply for one. Whoever wrote in that comment surely has no consideration for the family that just lost their 22- year-old son!! Their inconsiderate opinion should have been kept to themselves! It's unbelievable that people are so heartless not to respect what they are going through right now.

Flint crisis

In the Feb. 6 Last Word, a reader wrote, "…the (Flint water) crisis was caused by the cold calculation that by switching water supplies to save $5 million over a 3-year period came from the governor's office…" This is untrue. The City of Flint decided to save money by drawing water from the Flint River and stop buying from the City of Detroit. The City of Flint decided to save money by not adding anti-corrosion chemicals to the water. Granted, the state is not blameless. Their EPA people did not act swiftly when they learned that the corroded popes were releasing lead. Some of them lost their jobs. But, Flint caused their own problems, not the state. Apparently, some think the state has to fix it. Don't blame the state for asking for help.

Smithfield sale

Ms. Lombardo's (Sr. VP) words in her letter to the Editor in the Feb. 6 Gazette were obviously very carefully chosen. Granted that the Chinese offer to buy Smithfield Foods was unsolicited, the question is, did Mr. Pope recommend the sale of Smithfield to the stockholders? And, what specific benefits did he receive for doing so? Having traveled extensively and worked in China, one quickly realizes that the Chinese are very patient people. Despite Ms. Lombardo's assurances that "Smithfield's operations in the U.S. have not changed"; rest assured, they will and not to the betterment of our country.

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