Last Word has questions about school, Feb. 24

The Virginia Gazette
Readers still hot about VDOT's response to earlier winter storms.

Presidential politics

Supposedly we're getting fresh air in national politics from Trump and Sanders. But their reactions to Supreme Court Justice Scalia's death tells me that they are quite ready to be in the same mold as all the current office-holders. They are going to "play politics" with the situation. Phooey on both of their houses.

Blacks supported Bernie Sanders. People are puzzled by that. Well, the answer's simple. Read the Willie Lynch theory. You will discover that Willie Lynch advised slave owners how to keep slaves from rebelling by simply turning them against each other. That's how the Democrats are going to lose the election. That's how Bernie Sanders is running against Hillary Clinton.

School questions

It's been 375 days since we reported that our child was being severely bullied at her elementary school, six months since we hired an attorney. It's been a year of WJCC covering up the problem, dragging things out and not once has Dr.C, the school principal or Mr. Kelly reached out to see how our child is. They were all copied in every email, so they have been aware of this since February 2015. Their dishonesty has been nothing less of deplorable. They talk about how much they care about the students and teachers, yet do nothing when serious problems arise. Over the next few months, they and the public will be made aware of all they failed to do. Many parents have demanded WJCC make the necessary changes and they still don't want to listen to any of us.

In response to the "School Questions" on Feb. 12, it's a shame that people have so much time on their hands all they can do is complain. It was disappointing that someone felt it necessary to try to misinform the public about Ms. Taylor, as I personally saw her on television at all but one school board meeting. I took it upon myself to contact Ms. Taylor as to why she missed the one meeting and she informed me that her infant son was seriously ill and under medication and had to be closely monitored. Fortunately, all is well now and she said that she is more than able to carry out her school board responsibilities and is doing so with her constituents concerns as her top priority.

VDOT complaints

By the numbers: 0 miles of secondary roadway treated in Greenspring and Greenspring West subdivision as well as many other developments; 0 tons of salt and sand used on these same roads; 0 VDOT trucks seen over the entire snowstorms over the three-day time period in these same developments.

Try driving at night on a wet Mooretown Road between Airport Road and Waller Mill Road. In some places the white lane markings are nearly nonexistent. Hey, VDOT: Got paint?

Let the local VDOT Maintenance Division Administrator Kevin Gregg and Governor McAuliffe pat themselves on the back for what they thought was a good job done elsewhere while we here in James City deal with snow-covered secondary roads for days on end with no help in sight. Remember, there are only two general contractors that really clear snow here in James City County and that's God and Mother Nature, but definitely not our local VDOT people.

Recommended

I will always buy all my appliances from Ferguson Enterprises. I first ordered a washing machine from another store. While awaiting deliveries, I was told the machine was actually back ordered (twice), no longer in production or arrived damaged. I called Ferguson Enterprises. The new machine (at a lower price) arrived as scheduled. However, it, too, was damaged. The installers actually fixed the machine so I could use it until a new one arrived. The second one arrived in ten days, and they stayed to make sure it was working properly. Ferguson's customer service is extraordinary!

I highly recommend Backyard Birder, which is off 199, where Harris Teeter shopping center is, across from Kingsmill. The owner, named Melinda, is wonderful. She really knows her birds and her seed prices are very, very reasonable and you don't have to have a membership with them. I highly recommend her. She's a super nice lady and very knowledgeable in birds, feed and so forth.

Au Bon Pain, in front of the Pottery, is one of the best kept secrets in the area. Its coffee, its pastries and sandwiches are delicious, it's bright and inviting and the staff is friendly. If you haven't already, try it out. It really is a good place to eat.

We had the opportunity to try Dudley's Bistro the other day in New Town and it was delicious. Everything on the lunch menu was fairly priced and their beer selection was perfect for a pit stop. I would suggest this restaurant to anyone in the area that likes a good sandwich / burger at a fair price that they won't regret!

I'd like to give a shout out to George's Towing and Repair on Mooretown. I've been a customer for 13 years and in my opinion they're the best around; always professional and kind, they continually do a great job and rarely do I have to wait It's no surprise why this hometown institution is still around; they make a difference!

United Way changes

I went on the Greater Williamsburg United Way website and saw that the director is gone, and the assistant director is now acting as interim director. What happened? And then I found out that their "Home for Good" housing program is now suspended. Is this just a coincidence or does the director leaving have anything to do with the suspension of this housing program? We in the community need to know.

Dental coverage

You are not alone! We were not notified in advance by a certain dental group that they would no longer be a preferred provider under our existing insurance. Same reason! But they did offer their own "insurance" plan.

I read the item on dental coverage and I also received a letter from a well known dental group, detailing that they would no longer be carrying my insurance coverage network. Well, I saved money enrolling in a plan in a similar office. Same coverage, same people, everything the same. And they even told me about a website called supportHR494, a bill being pushed by Congressman Gosar to stop price fixing and talking about things with other insurance companies. I think that's a pretty important thing to put in the paper. It's supportHR494.org. Thanks.

Stryker Center

I have a few questions for those who have so roundly criticized the new meeting place for city council/library offices/etc. that is currently being erected between the library and the police station: Do you live in the City of Williamsburg? If not, do you have "standing" to demand architectural review, investigation of the choice process, and/or other actions? Did you not notice that The Virginia Gazette last summer printed several plans from local architects from which the current design was chosen? Might comments submitted to City Council at that time have been more profitable? Given cost constraints, lot size, and the functions the new space, is a Flemish bond, cupola-crowned, Georgian "pile," which seems to be the critics' choice of style, really a viable alternative? (The term "pile" references T. Jefferson's criticism of this style.) Finally, could it be argued that the chosen style is, in fact, admirably suited to the other buildings in this block, none of which is in any way traditional?

The City Council is not going to tear down the [Stryker] Building because ya'll want it to look 18th century. People, stop complaining and deal with it. It's going to be there for at least 40 years.

Free to you

Yes, I have some moving boxes available. We just moved to Williamsburg and I can be contacted at 874-1691 if anybody needs some. I also have some wrapping paper. Thank you.

Free Wurlitzer spinet piano. Call 757-229-4703 and leave a message.

Memorable essay

Mrs. Wright's essay was one of the best ever printed in The Virginia Gazette. I, too, vividly remember segregation, and the hateful actions of my fellow Caucasians continue to influence me. Remember when you vote, the truth of Mrs. Wright's last sentence: Indeed, many people paid a "big price," both to obtain race equality and — I consider the two related – form unions. As both are currently in danger, remember that we do owe them!

After reading the article in the Gazette in the Opinion Page on the lovely woman who grew up in Williamsburg and the prejudice against her, I had a thought. I love Virginia, but I didn't grow up in Virginia and so I didn't have her reference points. And yet it made me so sad to hear what she said. In my high school, in California in the 60s, we didn't have that many black students. But one particular black student that was in our school, Bruce Posey, was a wonderful young man. Not only was he in my Latin class, my French class and several others, he was well thought of. So much that we elected him student body president of our school for more than one year. He was an outstanding young man. I can see in Virginia, during that same time period, things were pretty horrible. I just had a different reference.

Justice Scalia's death

With the recent death of Antonin Scalia, next to national debt, one of the worst pieces of the legacy of Ronald Reagan is finally over. Thank you

Tax help

A big thank you to the very helpful folks at the AARP free tax program!! I went to the Williamsburg Library recently and had my taxes—both federal and Virginia—done at no cost. I particularly want to thank those who helped me: Paul, Bill, Jane and Yvonne. They were very professional, patient with my return (which was quite detailed) and courteous. This program is available both at the Williamsburg Library on Scotland Street (259-4050) and the James City County Library on Croaker Road (259-7720). To prepare your return, they need a picture ID, a Social Security card for everyone on your tax return, all tax forms you received, canceled checks or bank statements for itemized deductions, and a copy of last year's return.

Looking for ...

There was mix up on sneakers taken from the skating rink on the evening of Feb. 14. Please call 564-6805 for an exchange.

A bracelet was found on a recent Saturday afternoon in a parking lot at CW. Call 345-5525 to give an accurate description and we will see that it is returned.

I'm calling in response to the comment seeking a housecleaner. The title of the ad says, "Looking for a good, old fashioned housecleaner." I am interested in this role. I would love for you to please contact me at 407-516-1519. Thank you.

"In search of an old fashioned house cleaning person, someone who's willing to get on their hands and knees to scrub floors, wipe baseboards, clean countertops and dust": They didn't leave a telephone number or say how big the house is. Please call me back, 259-0776. Thank you.

I am calling in response to the person looking for a house cleaner on Feb. 13. I am Ann Perkins and it's Ann Perkins Cleaning Service. You can reach me at 566-1411 or 897-3244.

To the person looking for a house cleaner who is willing to work hard, call Michelle, a very experienced cleaner, at 757-613-8074.

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