Grand Illumination, family time and fair treatment - Last Word for Dec. 9

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I'm continuing to look for a good brick mason to do a small job. I would appreciate any recommendations. Thank you.

I would like some recommendations for a good clockmaker who works on old mantel clocks, grandfather clocks, grandmother clocks. If you could please post it in the Gazette, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

Guns

The crime scene tape is still up this morning in California, and the right is goose-stepping in unison behind the NRA's propaganda against stronger background checks. With two mass shootings yesterday and over 350 already this year, it is time for America to begin to address its addiction to guns. The first step is for politicians to admit we have a problem.

I would like to ask this question. How safe do you feel when walking into an establishment that posts a sign stating: "This is a gun free zone?" Do you feel safe or do you feel like a sitting duck?

Paul Ryan on "Morning, Joe" just said that the Congress should not have a rush to judgment when it comes to solutions to gun violence. I want to ask Mr. Ryan, with 33,000 people being killed every year and the Congress having done nothing since Virginia Tech, what constitutes a rush to judgment? A century of waiting?

President Obama is now citing Sandy Hook and the shooting in South Carolina for more checks on gun purchasing. But here's the problem. In Sandy Hook, the shooter's mother purchased the gun through legitimate dealers with background checks. This lunatic shooter, also down in South Carolina, he shoots his gun from his father and the gun was purchased legally through legitimate dealers. The problem there was bad parenting. If you know your son's a lunatic, why are you giving him a gun? You're never going to stop people from getting guns legally if there's nothing wrong with their backgrounds.

Grand Illumination

I've been attending the Grand Illumination for 10 years. Until last night, I considered it the best fireworks I have ever seen. In the past, they were unique, actually designed both visually and orally. Then CW changed companies. Last night they were mainly just mediocre. While there were a few beautiful moments, it was actually an awkward display with many large pauses in the show. The crowd kept asking if it was over. When it was over, no one really knew as there was no real significant or special finale. Add to that the fact that the display at my venue, Capitol Building, had several empty moments while we watched the other areas continue. I hope CW will return to the old company next year or else just rename it "The Illumination." CW should know you get what you pay for. Thanks.

Family time

Gone are the days of family time! I am very disappointed in whoever schedules sporting tournaments during what should be family time -- Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why does a basketball tournament need to be first thing the day after Thanksgiving? What about people who travel to be with family? Could it not wait until Saturday? Poor planning! And I'm guessing it was planned by a man since it's the boys' tournament that was played Friday and the women played Saturday.

Needed information

Can someone please explain why is it WJCC schools' policy to not inform parents when there is a case of lice in a school? I understand the privacy side of it, but send a letter home to everyone saying there is a student who has it. You don't need to say who, or even which grade. It would be nice to get a heads up so precautions can be taken when our children go to school.

Fair treatment

If President Obama were a Republican and during his tenure the unemployment rate dropped from 10.1 to 4.9 %, 65 months of positive job growth, single-handedly saved the auto industry , the budget deficit dropped from 7% to 2% of the GDP, killed 22,000 Isil terrorists with only two American casualties, killed Osama bin Laden , and the stock market nearly tripled in six years the GOP would be considering carving him out a spot on Mount Rushmore.

This change is good

It is pretty normal for many people to resist change. Most of us like things to be the same. It's comfortable. The writer who decried some of the changes to Colonial Williamsburg and wanted it to remain the same has to realize it is not the same as the old days. Doing things the old way, with declining visitation, could mean the end of CW in future years. I applaud some of the new things the administration of Mitchell Reiss is trying. Not all of them may work, but they should be tried and supported. If it gets more people to walk— or skate— Duke of Gloucester Street in both daylight and at night that's good. If George Washington's puppy can liven up the visit of many people, that's good. If bringing folks out on Halloween to see the ghosts of Blackbeard's crew and others that's good. A place like Colonial Williamsburg cannot go forward into the future by standing still. Let's give these new ventures a break to keep CW a vibrant, living place. Bring them on!

Thank you

In this season of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank several health care professionals who have made 2015 a good year for this octogenarian. First, Dr. Christopher Massengill and staff at Sentara Family Practice. Second, the ladies at Sentara New Town Diagnostics. Third, Noelle, Lehman, Jessica and others at Martin's Pharmacy who always provide great service. Thanks - and hope you all have a very blessed Christmas and a healthy 2016.

Tongue in cheek

In reply to the Dec. 2 Last Word question on whether it is true that Republicans want to take down the solar collectors which run emergency phones and lights on the interstates and convert them to coal power, yes it is true, at least for the interstate highways west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For interstate phones and lights on the east side of the Blue Ridge, they want to use wood from rare trees in our protected state forests. This Republican agenda item, however, comes after their higher priority diabolical plans including lengthening the ice skating rink on Duke of Gloucester Street from Henry Street to Palace Green (also to be powered by coal year-round), piping in easy listening music throughout CW, and bringing in the Stryker Building architects to modernize the designs of both the Governor's Palace and the Capitol building so they don't look so 18th Century.

My husband for years gave talks to businesses for Justice Department. He'd start out by telling this joke: The president of the United States was given three envelopes by the outgoing president. And he said, "When you get into trouble, open the first one—I've got them numbered1, 2, 3. When you get in trouble again, open the second one and when you get in trouble again, open the third one." So the president goes along, and the first year he has no problem. And then he makes some decisions and he opens the first envelope and it says, "Blame the last president for everything that goes wrong in your administration." So he does and that works for a while. Then he gets in trouble again and opens the second envelope, which says, "Blame the other party for everything that goes wrong in your administration." So he does and that works for a while. And then he gets in trouble again, and he gets the third envelope and it says, "Prepare three envelopes."

Recommended

If you are looking for someone who turns up on time, does fabulous yard work, lawns, leaves, pruning and is very reasonably priced, call Jose at 757-232-6506. I've used him for 10 years and would never use anyone else.

Wow! Besides serving delicious food, Doraldo Restaurant has outdone themselves with beautiful Christmas decorations. Very impressive!

Yes, to the person looking for somebody for foundation problems: I have used the company FSI. The phone number is 298-6268. No high pressure, they are very easy to work with and very honest.

Just got home from a wonderful Christmas show at the Williamsburg Players Playhouse. Great job and lots of talent.

Do not call list

Please, someone please tell me what exactly to do to get on the no call list. How many times a day is Carmen going to be calling me about my credit something or other? What does this girl get paid to be such a nuisance? Please, someone give us the information to get rid of her.

Polite students

To the writer that fell at William and Mary and was passed up by every William and Mary student: You should visit the campus of CNU. Not one person would pass you up. The entire campus is one of compassion. It's taught from the moment a student arrives.

Free to you

We have over 30 boxes, medium and large packing boxes, available free for anyone who cares to pick them up. They'll be about 30 to 40 boxes available. There is some packing material too. Phone number is 253-0471 or 508-4355. Thank you.

Try this

What this nation needs is the power of prayer. Try it. It works. Thank you.

Change your approach

In the 1946 movie, "Crack-Up," Herbert Marshall's character said, "Americans are a funny lot. They hire police to protect them and then complain when the police do their job." Perhaps the police would respond to some affection and respect. Thank you.

FBI work

The FBI has nearly 1,000 open cases related to violent extremism, touching every single U.S. state, all 50 of them. And they track hundreds of people with suspected ties to terrorist groups, and they've charged at least 60 of them with crimes connected to ISIS. I always find it interesting that you have people in the Last Word who act like, well, what's been done? Nobody's doing anything. It's not a problem. Everything's been just fine. I suggest you either marry somebody with Justice Department or you open your eyes.

Terrorist attacks

The caller listing terrorist attacks missed several that needed to be included: Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City, the one the Friday after Thanksgiving at the women's health care clinic in Colorado, and others that were perpetrated by Americans. You don't have to be foreign to be a terrorist when you attack in this country.

It was an ISIS attack in Paris. It was an ISIS attack in San Bernardino. It was an ISIS attack in London, where three were stabbed. There was an ISIS attack right after that where the governor in Yemen was killed with a jet-propelled bomb to his car. ISIS immediately took responsibility for it. What are you doing next week?

Stryker building

To read the Last Word, one might believe that there is no one in the city of Williamsburg who doesn't hate the architecture of the new Stryker Building. Well, here is one of many who doesn't hate it. I might have preferred Carlton Abbott's style, built to go along with his library, city center and the garden which connects the three buildings. I don't speak as an ignoramus; I studied architectural history in college in both U.S. and in England. To the person who believes that Mayor Stryker would have been horrified at having a building bearing his name, about which everyone is complaining, must not have known him very well. He was one of those wonderful characters who stood out when Williamsburg was a small town. I recall once in the 1950s, the mayor called me about something he believed I had said at a cocktail party. It turned out that I was misquoted, and the call ended up after many laughs. If all this hate energy had gone into, let's say, world hunger, this would have been a better place.

Old motel land

Yes, could someone please tell us what the property on Richmond Road that used to be the old Governor Spotswood Motel and what are they building in that spot there now? Thank you.

Refugees

Why are Americans so upset about the fact that 2,000 very well vetted Syrians will come to this country this year when last year over 43,000 Cubans, who were unvetted and unwelcomed, came here from communist Cuba—clearly still a threat?

Aim to be doers

I believe Christians worship God more when they help someone in need than when they go to church. Christians who go to church are entertained by performers. They are put in the mood to say thank you for that beautiful prayer, that beautiful music or that beautiful sermon or mass. I believe Christians should be doers.

Stand up!

Some of us are becoming a couch potato when we watch the television. I believe we should stand up on every commercial. This would be good for our body and mind. We should also avoid eating unhealthy snacks.

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