Last Word: He has your drone, April 23

The Virginia Gazette
Readers weigh in on whether ladies should be referred to as one of the 'guys'

Lose a drone?

If anybody has lost a drone in the Indigo Park area, near Richards Road and Crews Road, please contact 757-784-3645 to identify the drone and the pictures on the drone.

Looking for …

Could someone recommend an insulator—a crawl space insulator? Thank you.

I'm looking for a recommendation for someone reliable who can come over and check about power washing my home and also doing some painting. The number is 757-570-4619. Thank you.

I have a Cox bundle for phone, TV, Internet. This month my bill went up $10. When I called to discuss this, I was informed a bundle discount of $40 is expiring next month. Time to make changes. I can live with just a cell phone and will look into Direct TV. Any other ideas for TV, any suggestions for Internet provider in an area that does not have Verizon?

I have eight-year-old twin girls, that I'm looking for some clothes for them to continue to go to year-round schooling, with going in the summertime and throughout the fall and the rest of the school year. I'm looking for either some short-sleeve shirts, some jeans or nice pants and shoes or sandals of any kind. Any clothes in good condition that they can wear to school for year-round schooling will be greatly appreciated. My number is 746-6398. Thank you.

Anybody know of a restaurant that serves the Indonesian Rice Table (Rijsttafel)?

Class ring lost while doing spring yard work. Does anyone know of a metal detector that might be used to sweep the area for some contact, or anyone that might perform that sort of a search? Old favorite—would like to have it back! If you know someone or have ideas, please email mos202mizu@yahoo.com. Thanks.

I'm looking for a recommendation for a caterer who supplies excellent foods at Thanksgiving. My family and I (seven in total) usually go to LeYaca to celebrate but with a husband who can no longer walk and a great-grandson who will only be 11 months old, I've decided staying home is the best answer. I, too, can't do all that's necessary for a holiday celebration given my age/ health. Can you help, please? A traditional Thanksgiving meal is what I'd like.

I'm looking for someone who can remove paint from outdoor metal furniture.

Ferry frustrations

This is absolutely ridiculous! I have to commute on these ferries every day. There are four ferries in the fleet, 11:30 in the morning, and they're using the smallest boat in the fleet, the Virginian. I'm having to wait now for the next ferry to come over—an hour just to catch a ferry! This is absolutely ridiculous. And even then, they're not even running on time.

Careful with cards

All of us who have credit cards—I'm sure that you have noticed that they put a lot of information in there, in your credit card statement and how they handle your personal information. Practically all your credit card companies will share your Social Security number and income, account balances and transaction history and credit history and payment history. They can do that to other agencies and other financial institutes, so be very cautious how you use that and monitor your credit card constantly. Thank you.

Safety first

To the parents who drop off and pick up their children at Toano Middle School: Please take a moment to consider their safety. Far too many parents appear to be in such a rush that the parking lot has become dangerous for our students. Cars stop in traffic areas and let students out where cars are moving, causing a block of traffic and a danger for a child who is walking. Stop signs are ignored. Cars are driving in the bus lanes. All of this appears to be in the name of time; however, it hardly worth it when you consider the risk it entails.

More on the 'guys'

To the 75-year-old lady who is offended by wait staff who address her and her friends as "guys," I suggest you politely inform them that you prefer to be addressed in a more respectful manner and suggest options that you would find palatable. Your retaliation by not tipping is as discourteous to them as is the disrespectful behavior you accuse them of toward you. Use your wisdom as a mature, older person to address the issue in a way that offers a polite resolution for both you and the offending person.

Okay, about the guys—the 75-year-old. I just can't believe this. Saying, "Hello, Ma'am" is just out of respect and courtesy and that is something that we have lost and really need to get back in this country and actually in the world. I say, "Ma'am"--I'm 63 and I say "Ma'am" to women that are in their 20s or 30s. It's just courtesy. It sounds more like you have the issue about your age than other people do, because "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Sir," are not about age. That's just common courtesy. Get over it.

"Guys" is a gender neutral word these days. If you are stiffing your server of their tip because they referred to the people at your table as "guys," then there is a word for you, but it's not "lady."

To the 75-year-old female who does not like to be called Ma'am: Ma'am is a southern term of respect for ladies. In spite of your training, perhaps you're not remembered as people most likely don't see you as you see yourself.

Memory lane

When I first came to Williamsburg in 1957 as a William and Mary freshman, College Corner was historically known as Jockey Corner because the college boys sat on the brick wall to watch the girls go by.

County budget

The proposed FY'17 and FY'18 James City County budgets published in the April 16, 2016, Virginia Gazette starkly presents how little control we taxpayers have over how our funds are spent. 53.38% of the FY'17 Revenue will be transferred to WJCC Schools; 53.57% in FY'18. But our Supervisors / municipal government staff can't tell them how or where to spend the funds – school buses or teacher salaries or building maintenance or whatever. Our elected JCC officials should be able to specify how and where "school funds" are to be used each year. The majority of JCC's budget is "out of our direct control." Why should this be acceptable? How are we being "served"?

More lawn bowling

In reply to the person that said the lawn bowlers should stop whining: You should get your facts right. The Williamsburg Lawn Bowling Club has been contributing to the upkeep of the green each year. In addition, they have been providing club members every day from April through October each year who assist any visitors wishing to play. Lawn bowling in Williamsburg dates back to the Colonial years. So why has CW chosen to destroy the only regulation green in the entire state of Virginia? CW should be preserving history and not destroying it.

To the reader who wrote about whining lawn bowlers, no one is whining, it's just that bowlers and non-bowlers alike are disappointed CW is ending a 50-year tradition that dates back to the Colonial period. True we did not pay for green maintenance, which was done as part the golf course maintenance, but did give CW $2,000 of our dues as well as nearly 800 hours of volunteer hours entertaining hundreds of CW guests each year. The volunteer hours replaced paid costumed CW interpreters who manned the green decades ago. Lawn bowling provided a historically actuate activity, unlike golf. If as the reader states, CW is only about history and education, attendance will continue to decline.

A happy thought

My son is graduating high school and will soon be headed to college. The transition is exciting in many ways, but my secret glee is that I shall never again have to subsidize the ego-driven mess that is Williamsburg-area travel soccer.

Sunday tragedy

The shooting in Farm Fresh Sunday morning certainly was a tragedy. The gun lobby will probably claim that if the victim were armed, he could have defended himself. If that were the case, the more likely outcome would have been a higher casualty count.

Supreme Court

In response to the letter to the Editor in Saturday's Gazette calling for a Scalia clone to replace him on the Supreme Court: I can bring to mind two extremely destructive Supreme Court decisions that argue for moderates on the Supreme Court. The first one, which needs no explanation, is Bush v. Gore, which led to the destruction of the Middle East and the rise of ISIS. The second is Citizens United where corporations now are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money buying elections.

Presidential politics

NBC on the 18th just released their poll, saying that Trump couldn't beat Hillary, even though he's way ahead in the Republican Party, but Kasich could beat Hillary, Kasich, who's won one state. He can't win with the Republicans; he can't win when there's open primaries; he can't win but he can beat Hillary. And my husband started laughing and he said, "What is that?" I said, "It's the April fool poll."

If nothing else, Trump's candidacy has resulted in revealing the RNC's byzantine primary rules, which, in my view, contravene voter preference. I wonder how many registered Republicans, like me, will be changing their party designation to Independent. The Democrats are, of course, no better with Clinton's buying off of the super-delegates; also in contravention to voter preference. Thankfully, Virginia has held firm on maintaining open primaries.

As a child during World War II, I remember "A slip of the lip could sink a ship." Now, it seems we are to divulge every move that we make. Today, I read in the paper, "200 more troops to Iraq" or possibly the date that we're going to pull out. Does President Obama realize that our enemies are able to read and that the U.S. is not just playing a little game?

To the reader who complained about the lack of good candidates and wanted to know what happened to our "once great land," I suggest just blaming President Obama like many readers do. For instance, today I discovered moles had made a mess of my yard. Rather than get into a tizzy, I just blamed President Obama and his policies, went in the house, listened to Rusty Limbaugh , had supper and then watched Fox News. By 9:00 PM I was really wired and felt so much better.

Missed opportunity

Putting a Wegmans grocery store in the former Ukrop's location in York County will not work. Wegmans stores are typically a minimum of 125,000 sq. ft. and that former grocery store could fit into one corner of a Wegmans. Wegmans would be a tremendous asset to our community. As I understand it, James City County was not willing to go along with Wegmans' requirements for bringing a store here several years ago. The tax dollars that a Wegmans would bring to our area could be put to use to improve our county. A penny-wise and pound-foolish decision by our county.

Road work

Yes, how much longer are we going to have to put up with orange barrel highway, Ironbound Road and News Road? This has been going on since last year, 2015. It's 2016, in April, and it's still—in fact, it gets worse. News Road has got potholes in it so deep that you can knock the front end out of your car. If it was me—if I had anything to do with it—I'd have fired those people a long time ago. They can't handle the job.

Eye protection

To the person writing about eye protection: My eye doctor also told me that the glasses don't have to be dark for UVA protection. I went online, and there are clear, really clear, UVA sunglasses (and I use the term "sunglasses" because I don't know what else to call them) that you can go online and I got a pair for about $3.00 and they're great. I can just put them over my regular glasses, using the clip ons—if you want clip ons, they're a little bit more—but it's just like having my regular glasses without the darkening.

School name

Let's just save a lot of time, effort and energy and ask the African-American community to vote on a new name for Rawls Byrd. It's going to happen, so why waste time debating the issue?

Minimum wage

I find it ironic that the liberal Democrats want government-forced minimum wage increases for all low-skilled entry workers. This is a back-door attempt by Democrats to only increase federal and state tax revenue by increasing wages. What part of reducing taxes on low-wage earners don't they understand?

Found it!

Thank Heavens, I just found where the Bodacious Lady Boutique moved to. They are now at Colony Square Shopping Center on Jamestown Road. For those of us in the over size 14 group, I was afraid I had lost this fashionable store with not only gorgeous clothes but fun accessories.

Grammar police

Permit me to add one further complication to the discussion about our English language Bibles: Not only are they translations from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, but since in many instances one word or phrase in Hebrew or Greek can have several different meanings in English, there are many differences in the wordings of our various English Bibles. Most of these differences are unimportant, but some can be significant. If you attach special importance to any verse or passage in our English Bible, be sure to read it in as many translations as possible to get as close as you can to the original meaning.

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