Last Word on acting presidential, Dec. 5

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Presidential?

The new media thing is that Trump is not presidential because he used the he-double hockey stick word that he would bomb the he** out of ISIS. Really? If that's not presidential, you'd better get rid of Eisenhower, you'd better get rid of Truman, you'd better get rid of Roosevelt, you'd better get rid of Churchill. (I just finished reading a three-volume autobiography on Churchill.) You'd better get rid of Kennedy. It's just hilarious to me.

Missing wreath

I made a pine cone wreath and hung it on my front door at the Williamsburg Landing. Shortly someone came and took it and now they have it. They were from a nearby subdivision. What a bad example they are setting for their children!

Scam alert

Another scam in town to watch out. Storage owners who fail to notify when credit cards expire and auction contents without notifying renters. Disgusting, disgusting.

Looking for ...

I'm looking for shelled, black walnuts. I can be reached at 757-876-7387.

Does anyone know where I can go to get my smart phone (Samsung 6) screen replaced for a reasonable price? Of course, I dropped my brand new phone on a gravel road and it landed screen side down. It now has "spider" lines on its screen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking for a recommendation for an experienced and honest company that evaluates and repairs house foundations. I have reoccurring stress cracks in my home's drywall and would like to get some estimates for repairs. If you have been impressed by such a company, please leave their contact information in the Last Word. Thank You!

I'm missing my white, long-haired cat in the Williamsburg West/Longhill Road/Ford's Colony area. She might be at somebody's house. If you have her, please let her out. She will come home, I know. She's also been microchipped. Thank you.

Looking for a banjo. Does anyone have one they are willing to sell at a reasonable price for my son-in-law who wants to play for his new daughter due in January? 757-903-1905

My orange Stihl HT 75 pole saw jumped out of the trailer at 2:55 last Wednesday November 25 on Richmond Road in front of Nick's Lawn Equipment in Toano. It is one of those telescoping chain saws used for trimming tree branches. It would be thought most kind if it were to be returned to Nick's -- the other chain saws miss her. I can be reached at 565-4624. Thank you.

Does anyone have a recommendation for custom-made drapes and curtains that are at a reasonable price? Thank you.

CW restaurants

In the article, "Change is coming the Colonial Williamsburg hotel and restaurant," it is a complete and utter lie that people do not go to the Williamsburg Inn for a formal dinner. Why in heaven's name do you think so many people with money moved here? Why did they think that the presidents of the United States have always gone to the Williamsburg Inn, including the Queen of England. We like a little refinement and we like the formal restaurant. This new president for Colonial Williamsburg keeps trying to change and change and change the beauty that the Rockefellers put in to Colonial Williamsburg. It's nonsense. If you want something a little less formal, you take your family and you go to King's Tavern. You still have the colonial experience—it's just not as formal. It just doesn't even make sense. Nobody went and complained and said, "Take that terrible restaurant out. We hate it. We can't stand to eat here. It's against our breeding." Really? Didn't happen.

The kids are all right

Less than three hours after reading the disparaging comment about William and Mary students not being caring, I took a bad stumble on campus going out to the sidewalk on Richmond Road. Fortunately, I caught myself before twisting my ankle completely and landing in the road. As I looked up and regained my footing, a female student was slowing her car down and was asking me if I was all right! I have found WM students to be caring and helpful! Ed Golden (Male, 71 Years)

Favorite shop closing

Yes, I have some sad news for you folks. We were spending the holidays in North Carolina on the Outer Banks. We always go to the Christmas Shop and Island Art Gallery and I've just been informed that the Christmas Shop, after being open for almost 50 years will be closing next month. That's the one that's on Manteo. So we won't have the Christmas Shop to go to. The owner, Mr. Green, is 90 years old and he has been very sick and he's getting out of the business. Have a good day.

Traffic lights

I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed the re-timing of the traffic lights on Monticello between the Courthouse and 199 area? Is it just me, or has traffic actually gotten worse and you're hitting more red lights on the main thoroughfare? So, I was hoping VDOT will take another look at this and adjust it as the holiday season is fast approaching. Thank you.

Helping those in need

Jesus taught his followers not to do good works just to be seen. Jesus wants Christians to always help people in need. Christians will be full of joy when they learn to serve others. Christians need to say, "What can I do for you to make your life better?"

Cold laser treatment

I'm considering trying cold laser treatment for severe knee pain. I'm trying to avoid knee replacement surgery, but don't want to waste my time nor money on this laser treatment if it doesn't work. Please call me at 566-3933 and let me know whether or not it helps you. Thanks.

Road work

Well, only VDOT probably has the answer to this. I'm sort of confused on the road section of News Road between Monticello and Ironbound Road, the short portion of News Road. There's two lanes turning left when you get on that. There's two lanes turning left into one lane. My goodness! The other thing I don't understand—Five Forks heading west on Route 5. On the right hand side, they did some work on the gutters there and they built a sidewalk at either end. It stops and you have a ditch in front of it. I just don't understand. Maybe I need apply to VDOT for an engineering job because I know that I can do better.

Williamsburg really needs some pedestrian crossing over on 143 where Hardee's is at and where the James York Plaza Shopping Center is at.

Free to you

Have available copier/fax free for pick-up. Call 757 258 2701 during working hours.

Let's talk issues

I have to laugh when I read comments bemoaning the mean things people say about Obama. Let's go back in time, I bet those same people were hurling invective at Bush. Folks, we're adults, not children on the playground. Let's talk issues and realize just because someone has a different viewpoint, they are neither evil nor necessarily wrong. The key to intelligent analysis is to understand the various sides to an issue, that each side has valid points, that there is no perfect solution (unintended consequences resulting from human nature), and that compromise is necessary to move forward.

Carbon credits

President Obama, after attending the climate change conference in Paris, said we must choke out the ISIS terrorists. OK! Let's choke 'em with carbon credits! That should "contain" them.

Late ferry

Follow up on the Late Ferry: This has been an ongoing issue but no one can see pass the blinders. Like he said, the only solution is a bridge. But the issue is controlled by James City to build a bridge or not! This decision, mind you, does not affect James City citizens. They are not the daily commuters. So to keep Surry residents in bondage, they keep the ferry running and refuse to build a bridge. Why should they even care? They are not the daily commuters. This is and has been an ongoing issue. If you want to keep it historic, just build a bridge away from Jamestown Settlement. It doesn't take a genius to brainstorm the solution, just someone who cares about the residents of Surry to make commuting more efficient. Security doesn't care—they will check your car, knowing you have one minute to make the ferry and the ferry will leave you at security check point, knowing you are right there to board! That is why the Williamsburg residents call the Surry residents the "Ferry People." No one cares!

Robo calls

Re: Last Word item on NoMoRobo, I went to the website mentioned and found out that Cox and Verizon Wireless do not support NoMoRobo. We all need to call Cox at 800-234-3993 and Verizon at 800-922-0204 to tell them to support this new function.

To the person who is having problems with scam calls: I got Sentry from Amazon. It's Sentry and it cost me $30 and it has given me peace of mind. No robo calls get through, and you can reject the calls that you don't want. I was told that now they have a Sentry 2, and that's $59. I don't know what the difference is. I'm going to find out.

Proper disposal

I would like to encourage anyone who changes the antifreeze in their car to be mindful of proper disposal. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that is appealing to animals and results in the death of thousands of domestic pets and wildlife every year. Even several children have been poisoned. The government should require antifreeze manufacturers to add a bitter substance to the product that would make the carelessly disposed of antifreeze less appealing to wildlife and children. Along with motor oil, it is environmentally irresponsible to dump antifreeze down a storm drain. Whenever possible, changing car fluids should be left up to professionals who would hopefully dispose of these toxic substances properly.

Adoption

I just read something heartbreaking: That babies in orphanages do not cry, because nobody comes. Everyone who can, should adopt. A good Christmas present.

Living wage

The comments regarding a living wage seem to say any job should pay a living wage. Do the Democrats/Liberals/Left-wing fanatics really believe this? What does a paper delivery person get paid? Or the McDonald's worker behind the counter? Aren't these starter jobs and not jobs for life? People need to better themselves and staying at a bottom level job does not do this. If wages are increased to be a living wage, more retirees will take these jobs from the young who are just starting out. And employers will hire the retirees because they are proven to be loyal and on time and hard-working.

Recommended

Wow! I'm just impressed! I know Radio Shack Corp has gone through its struggles but I have always found them really handy to have around. In the case of our local Radio Shack, these guys have found new ways to put themselves back on the map. I've been in there a few times on Saturday mornings and witnessed their electronics "know how" get together, which is mainly a group of people that share their knowledge (soldering irons and circuit boards). It seems anyone is welcome and this is just an awesome avenue for getting your kids interested in creating something. I was personally in there to see if they could offer a solution to an issue I had with an electronic control unit. They didn't just have a solution, they solved the issue. To replace this unit it would have cost a ton. Thanks guys! Awesome service!

I'd like to extend kudos to Giuseppe's Restaurant on Olde Towne Road. Once their wine tastings, offer fantastic food and great bargains on wine. Probably the best kept secret in Williamsburg: Giuseppe's wine tastings. Thank you.

Road improvements

I hope JCC and VDOT have a plan for decorating the construction barrels on News Road and Monticello Avenue for the holidays; since the barrels seem permanent they might as well be ascetically pleasing....

We are making progress on Merrimac Trail! The old bank was torn down and some new business is coming and old ones are cleaning up, but there is still an abandoned gas station next to Long John Silver that just sits and is so ugly! Who owns it? Is it for sale? Needs to be gone!

When are they going to re-paint the line on more town road between Waller Mill Road and Airport Road?

DUI punishment

The previous writer seems to believe that jail and a fine are inadequate punishment for DUI that results in injuries or death. Are you proposing a death penalty to avoid the cost of incarceration? Not sure if the American public is ready to accept a death penalty for DUI.

Terrorists attacks

The reality is there have been over 52 terrorist attacks and related incidents in the United States from 2008 – 16 Nov 2015. The writer asks for one example of a "grandiose" attack – I could offer 52 but will limit the list to the following: Fort Hood. TX, on 5 Nov 2009 – 13 Killed, 44 wounded; Boston Marathon on 15 April 2013, 3 killed, 264 wounded; Chattanooga, TN, on 16 July 2015, 6 killed, 2 wounded. Not sure if these are "grandiose" enough for the writer but they were significant events for those directly impacted and for America.

Guns

To the person who is complaining that the NRA supports people on the terrorist watch list buying guns. The NRA, ACLU and CAIR, to name few, all agree on one thing, the list is riddled with errors. There's a whole lot more that 2,233 people on the list (that number is pure propaganda).

At Thanksgiving, I asked my brother how the leadership of the NRA could sleep at night, given the gun violence and the number of people killed on a daily basis in this country because of the lax gun laws. My sister-in-law's response was, "Probably quite well because they fall asleep every night counting their blood money."

My husband, who's DOJ, said, in response to the gun purchases for 2,000 out of the 2,233 people on the FBI terror list are buying guns, "Sounds like the FBI's not doing their job. Those people should be tagged so that they can't do anything. The FBI's falling short then." It's probably President Obama's easing up on FBI doing their job. You're not supposed to go after people unless they're felons. INS isn't supposed to go after people unless they're felons. I guess a terrorist isn't a felon, as far as this president is concerned. He won't even call them " Islamic extremist terrorists."

Thank you

The firefighters at York County Station 5 would like to thank James City Fire Station 1 in Toano for the turkeys. Made a great meal on Thanksgiving Day. See you all at the big one!

I want to thank the men from St. Olaf Church for helping me and my family this summer with my lawn maintenance. I greatly appreciate it. Lucky and Iva Coleman. Thanks.

I want to compliment the Last Word for their article on the 18th of November from a vet. I think those folks need to be complimented—the veterans. I am a veteran of two tours in Vietnam, both volunteer, a total of 27 months. Thank you.

Many thanks to the customers and employees of Old Point Bank for supplying Norge School with food bags for our needy students. Truly, your generosity was appreciated by all recipients.

Stryker building

One perhaps 'last word' on the Stryker Building. A comparison could be made with a wonderful little snack food place on 143, the "Queen Anne," which features original 50s architecture and delivers excellent food. It is an original, and should therefore stay, but why on earth did the architects decide to build a prominent public building in the worst structural features of the 50s? Incomprehensible. A modern building that would speak to its surroundings might have worked, but this one truly misfired. Would love to see the minutes of the architectural review board on this one! Can these be made public?

Executive orders

Regarding the comments about why BO uses EOs: Other presidents have worked with Congress. Only two words are needed to explain what has happened under BO, "Harry Reid." If nothing gets to his desk for decision, it is not the fault of the House. And explain why the budget is all or nothing! That is why the government may shut down. If that happens we may save money; look at the Debt Clock.

Yes, I would like to make a comment on "Executive orders" on December 2, 2015, Last Word. It's not the amount of executive orders that concerns me. It's what executive orders he did sign, in reference to Obama. Those executive orders were on the precipice if not overreaching the Constitution of the United States of America. I don't think any president has a right to do that. Thank you.

To the Nov. 28th caller's factually flawed rebuttal of "Executive Orders": PolitiFact, FactCheck, and others confirm that 9 of the 13 Supreme Court case reversals of Obama's EOs to which you allude were actually originated and initially litigated by the previous Bush administration. Obama's DOJ simply continued defending those positions at the time of reversal. Conveniently, you failed to disclose that, yet labeled Mr. Obama an "overreaching dictator" all the while omitting Mr. Bush's original involvement. How those pesky facts can undo a weak argument relying on the half-truths of certain cable news outlets. That wraps up Civics 101, with a free primer on Research 101 included.

Shootings

Yes, I have a comment about our President. Maybe he needs to change his middle name from "Hussein" to "Delusional." He spoke today in Paris, France, and said that other countries don't have the shootings like we have here in the United States. Did I miss something? Or was I misinformed that there were like 129 people killed in Paris a couple of weeks ago? When was the last time we had 129 shot in a mass shooting here in the United States? Anyway, I just don't get it. I don't know whether the wine got to him or the atmosphere or the climate or what. Can someone explain? Thanks.

Skating lessons

The ice skating rink in Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful idea. And as I was sitting on the bench watching the children at the ice skating rink, I realized that there's probably a lot of children that don't know how to ice skate. I think that lessons should be offered before and after this ice skating rink is opened. It would save a lot of frustration from the kids that are having to learn it on their own and possibly save a lot of injuries, also. I also think more benches are needed around the ice skating rink so that more people can sit and watch. It's an enjoyable thing to do. Colonial Williamsburg, that was a great idea.

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