Last word on executive orders, Nov. 28

The Virginia Gazette

Terrorism

To the person who said the biggest danger was to remind Obama and Kerry to remind France that climate change danger is the biggest danger facing the world: I would like to remind this person about heads being cut off, about people being burned alive. Maybe this person should re-think his or her thinking. May I never meet up with this person! My thinking is quite different.

Executive orders

In response to the person who called in "Executive orders" in the Nov. 25th Last Word: There's a major difference, and we will give you your Civics 101 lesson, between what President Obama is doing and what the other presidents have done in their executive orders. He wants to change the Constitution and do those things that are unconstitutional. Hence, Supreme Court rulings. There's a world of difference between wanting to put someone in or wanting to get something done that isn't going to change the Constitution of the United States and doing things that are contrary to the Constitution of the United States and contrary to states' rights. He's an overreaching dictator that needs to be pulled back from what he has done.

Road work

I recently returned after a month's absence, and was delighted to see that those beautiful orange and white barrels were still in place at the Monticello/News Road intersection. I don't know how I'd ever find my way through all the construction activity without them! Do you suppose VDOT could be persuaded to keep them permanently?

Stryker building

Why not move the Post Office to a new location so that we don't have to drive by the Stryker fiasco?

Little consumer action

In reading the voting of our congressman over time, it is stunning to see the consistent opposition to bills to protect American consumers by the GOP! Voting against lawsuits in risky home mortgages? Voting against laws about predatory lenders? Why would the representatives of the people oppose protections for the people? Many of us ask why people continue to vote for representatives who do not protect the people?

Paris attacks

We're watching French News right now, and they're going over the background of these terrorists. One of them came into Europe through Greece and disguised himself as an immigrant coming in, seeking political asylum. Well, there you have it, President Obama! Happened in France. They promised they would do Mali. Mali was just done this morning. One American killed. They promised an attack on Times Square. Let's hope they don't do it.

Producing energy

Britain pulls the plug on renewable energy and cuts the subsidies to diminish London's role at the Paris climate summit. After standing dormant for 34 years, the Bankside Power Station was reborn last month. It was shut down, originally, and converted into the Tate Modern. You know, the world's most popular contemporary art museum? Well, it's back producing energy again. The move has baffled the so-called environmentalists and the government allies. Good. We hope they're baffled. They see the light. Guess what? We need to start producing our own energy here and get the electric plant going. We're thrilled that they're doing this.

King for a day

In regards to the caller in "King for a day" in the Last Word, I agree with everything in there with the exception of the last part. I believe that, instead of Trump and Clinton to the Middle East to negotiate a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine, it should be Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. I think those would be the two good ones. May take a few years, but anyway, it will certainly resolve it. Have a good day.

Ben Carson's resume

To the caller who responded to my comment about Ben Carson's autobiography being similar to pumping up your resume to pick up a girl in a bar on Saturday night: You nailed it on the head. If Ben Carson doesn't have enough respect for the American people to tell the truth, he doesn't deserve the job of president.

Free to you

Free: Medium dog sweater. Color, two shades of pink, beige, white for a female dog, size 23 to 25 pounds. Call 566-3967.

Scam calls

Solicitation and scam calls—How to eliminate. Do not answer any phone call that you do not know or recognize the name or number. If it's a valid call or a business call, the caller will leave you a message. This will eliminate your problems with the scam calls.

Late ferry

In reference to all the recent comments about the Jamestown ferry running late: In the last 60 years plus, there is still only cure for this problem. Build a bridge and move into the 21 Century.

I was leaving Jamestown at 5:20 this morning to go to work. I got loaded onto the Virginian, which is the smallest ferry in the fleet—normally holds up to 24 cars—but they only loaded one row on either side. I mean, it was half of that. Someone in the crew said, "Oh, well, we just wanted to make it comfortable for everybody." That meant they left a whole bunch of cars that are going to be late for work this morning on the Jamestown side. Somebody better shake this organization up pretty quick. I've been riding this for over 30-some years, and I've never seen it this bad before.

Stolen flag

Our French flag at our front door porch has been stolen Saturday evening. We put the flag there out of respect for the victims in Paris. What an inhuman action is this.

Hunting dogs

Yeah, this is a message for the hunters out on Forge Road. Take your dogs home with you! Do not leave out there to be slaughtered by the drunk drivers that ride up and down Forge Road. I'm tired of seeing them dead, laying out there. Take them home.

Refugees

Now that the Republican candidates are saying that we should only admit Christian refugees, why don't they go one step further and say that we should only admit blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryan Christian refugees. That would fit in with Donald Trump's call to close mosques and register Muslims.

Regarding the comments under "Refugees," I'm wondering if the person did not hear that the head of the FBI stated, "We have no way of vetting any of these refugees and where they came from." Their country's under turmoil, there are no IDs, there's no fingerprint data files or anything. People are really struggling to want to do the right thing, to help the refugees, but in the same sense, we have to have some common sense. If the majority, over 90%, of the refugees are between 18 and 30 and they're men, not women and children, not three-month old babies, or three-year-old toddlers, but men—which falls under the category of identifying who the terrorists are. Let's just stop and take a breather and think about this. We are always ready to be so politically correct that we stop thinking about what we are doing and the possible consequences of what we're saying we should be doing. You wouldn't let someone in your house just because they say I'm a refugee or they are escaping from someone. We've gotten into this because of our lack of common sense.

I would like to suggest that we please stop comparing our current situation of debating whether to admit Muslims in the present to Jews in the 30s. Arguably, we should not have debated about accepting the Jews because the Jews were never doing suicidal bombings and killing people in Europe the way the Muslims are. Thank you.

There are good and bad Christians. There are good and bad Muslims. Bad Christians do not obey God when they judge each other. They will live in peace when they learn to help each other.

Gun purchases

Can someone who supports the NRA explain its stand which allowed over 2000 out of 2233 people on FBI Terror lists to buy guns in the last decade. (Washington Post 23 Nov., 2015 and NY Post ). Please respond without using inflammatory or emotion laden rhetoric.

Looking for ...

Yes, we're in need of two upright freezers for our food bank — like 17- or 16-foot upright freezers in good running condition for the food bank. The number is 696-3553. Thank you.

A group is looking for a place for 15 to 20 people to meet for hour-long evening Bible study on a weekly basis. If you know of a free or a reasonably priced location, please respond to 804-210-6989. Thank you.

I am in search of a suitcase that is any color that black sharpie writing can be seen on. Donations appreciated, using it for a missions trip fundraiser and will be donated to an orphanage. Contact cselby4@liberty.edu if you are willing to donate one.

Looking for, wanted, in search of a used aluminum or fiberglass rowboat or canoe. Does not need to float. (804) 836-6549.

If anyone found a cell phone at the Zion Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 23rd, please leave a message at 565-3566 for the senior who lost it. Thank you.

Power lines

I agree fully with the last word "power lines" comments, Nov. 21, 2015. The front page write up in the Virginia Gazette Nov 14, 2015 about sea-level rising is taking a political way now. I have been living in this area now over 30 years and have not seen a real water rise in the James. Weather is sometimes warmer and then cooler. It appears that Dominion is trying to buy its way into our area politicians. Is this becoming now the norm that companies buy politicians to get their way? I hope people will remember this when going to vote the next time.

A Washington Post article sounded too familiar. Our neighbors in Northern Virginia have requested that Dominion bury power lines. An article in the Washington Post in the Metro section 11/7/2015, page 3 (small article), noted how Dominion really didn't hear what the people wanted but told them what their plans were. So we are not alone with Dominion not hearing the requests of its customers. Hope that the organization who volunteered can help our requests. We still haven't heard a word from the military. They sure spoke out against the building of a neighborhood near their properties.

Engaging parents

How does our current school superintendent, who barely speaks to his staff in his own office, expect to engage parents in the school system? Certainly not by any conversation with him.

Scary words for France

"I have your back" - Barack Obama

Curb your dog

While walking through the Farmers Market on DOG Street, Saturday, Nov. 21st, a passing dog decided to lift his leg and relieve himself on the insulated shopping bag I was carrying my purchases in. People who let their dogs trail behind can't see and monitor what their pets are doing. Your pets should be in front of you. Please take heed. It was not a pleasant experience.

Due some credit

Republicans are quick to blame President Obama for all sorts of things that are simply not his fault. They also refuse to recognize the good things he's accomplished despite five years of rigid resistance from a Republican-controlled Congress. A recent complaint blaming Obama for the economy and COLAs failed to consider the recession that started in 2007 when the housing market bubble burst and got worse in 2008 with the subprime mortgage crisis. George W. Bush was President then and many analysts believe the policies of his administration caused the recession. The bottom of the recession, in the second quarter of 2009, was just a few months after Obama took office. Since then the economy has slowly improved so that unemployment, which peaked at 10% in October 2009, now stands at just 5%. Hourly earnings grew 2.5% in October, the fastest pace since 2009. The Federal Reserve, in recognition of the strengthening economy, will probably raise interest rates at its December meeting. That may well result in a COLA next year. Let's give Obama some credit for the good things that have happened

Think about it

A couple items as food for thought. First, the president can't do very much about people on welfare, but Congress can. And secondly, in 1791, the only arms were single-shot rifles and single-shot pistols. Think about it.

Another new entrance?

Well, I see in school board's list of projects that they want to redo the entrance to Toano Middle School. Didn't two years ago we just spent a quarter of a million dollars rebuilding the entrance and it didn't make it any better? Who is in charge of all this and why don't we have checks and balances in this waste of taxpayers' money? Again, this is just ridiculous.

Cheers!

Many kudos and cheers to William and Mary Theatre. The show, "Avenue Q," was marvelous. Absolutely marvelous.

Thank you so much to the caller who informed us about Channel 46, the classic arts and music programs. I'm so very grateful. Thank you so very much.

Help those in need

Some people who attend a Christian church and put money in the collection plate, do not realize that only 10% of their money will be used to help people in need. Jesus taught his followers the way to spread of his gospel is to help people in need and to lay up their treasures in Heaven and not on Earth.

Under control

In response to the article in the Last Word about the Commissioner of Revenue for James City County: If you found him doing the things you said, he must have everything under control. Did it occur to you that no one meets the qualifications or expertise to oppose him? Thank you.

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