Value of art
It’s gratifying to read of Sen. Monty Mason’s art contest for grade school-age artists in Mason’s district. Many of us believe art is a basic civilizing human component — encouraging creativity and appreciation of constructive activity, desperately needed skills and mental discipline. Thank you, Sen. Mason!
As I drive through our subdivision and others in our area, there are many downed tree limbs and branches in front yards and along the streets. Does the county have any plans to come through with a truck and/or industrial chipper to help clear this storm debris? If so, is there a schedule by neighborhood? Thank you.
Has anyone taken a look at the design for the renovation of Phi Beta Kappa Hall at the College William and Mary? For a college that brands itself as an “historic institution in a historic locale,” the design I saw at a meeting last spring and what is posted on the William and Mary website is further evidence that the colonial charm and uniqueness that has been the drawing card for decades, and that many in the community depend on, is being forgotten. Yes, the old PBK building and other W&M buildings are not historically correct, but at least they could be called traditional. (Yes, the present PBK created a controversy because it did not look colonial.) The city forced changes to the college’s Shenkman Jewish Center because it did not fit in well so close to the restored area. Now the building across from the center will look light years more modern than anything within miles of Williamsburg. I understand the Art Museum, speech, theater, dance and music departments need improved facilities. I do not care what is inside, but the outside should reflect the tradition of the area.
Over at Biltmore
Can anyone tell me why Biltmore Estate can get a million paid visitors a year versus CW’s less than a half million? People gripe about a one-day ticket to CW for about $40, but seem willing to pay about $65 a day for Biltmore. Why?
Looking for …
I am retired and older than 65 and am looking for some senior places to join in Williamsburg. I saw something called “Social Seniors” in the Last Word and would like to know how to get in touch with them. If anyone has any other senior group for social or community benefit, please provide the information in the Last Word and I will contact you. Thank you.
I would greatly appreciate any contact information for the Two Trolls Consignment store.
Does anybody in the Williamsburg area know where used egg cartons can be recycled? FISH used to accept them but no longer does. Please respond to Last Word and thank you very much.
Many thanks to the kind person who shared the recommendation to help folks with "gastro issues." After many years of searching for local help, this individual went to Charlottesville's Gastroenterology Group at UVA and found relief. Blessings to you for taking the time to pass this along.
Does anyone know where Christine from Hair Uptown went to?
To answer a recent question, Sarah Mackpeace and her associate Briana Ayana have opened their own hair salon called Mirror Mirror in New Town's Sola Salons building. It is across from Opus 9. They are experienced and enthusiastic and you are right — they listen. I wouldn't go to anyone else.
“The future may learn from the past.” Profound statement and original mission accomplished up to now. Today it is overshadowed by a Colonial Williamsburg management team lacking a vision. The Post Office, along with two other sites, will shutter their doors permanently. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin would be sorely disappointed. Starting in 1924, CW began its road to historic recovery. The Post Office played a role when William Parks started printing in 1730, which included post office services. Message to management, let your imagination engage and reconsider your decision. Hire competent sales interpreters with a love of history to work the Post Office. Or provide volunteers in period dress to engage the visitors. Now, all visitors will see is a closed door and wonder. Hard to learn from the past when the future is closed.
Please do not take the Christmas decorations down before Jan. 6. Technically, Christmas does not end before then. Epiphany — when the Magi arrived at Bethlehem and gave gifts to baby Jesus — is celebrated Jan 6. So don’t take those decorations down just yet. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas on the birth of Jesus Christ.
To the person who was disappointed by moving the community tree-lighting ceremony away from Christmas Eve: Without any official information about the reasons for the date change, we should applaud whoever decided to make it. Family traditions are important, but public safety is more important. On Christmas Eve, Bruton Parish Church offers at least five services for parishioners and guests. Traffic and parking along the Duke of Gloucester Street/Palace Green segments around the church are intense from 3 p.m. until well after 11 p.m. The significant danger to pedestrians and drivers alike became starkly evident when the community tree lighting program concluded and large numbers from the ceremony then made their way west on DoG Street past the church, walking toward Merchants Square in the dark street (and children often running with pre-Christmas excitement) amidst cars arriving for or departing services.
Nothing the previous writer wrote in reference to guns was statistically incorrect, but the writer fell far short of telling the whole story. A favorite tactic called a lie by omission. CDC statistics for 2016 identify there were 19,362 homicides committed in the U.S., 14,415 were committed using a firearm. There were 44,965 suicides, 22,938 of those were committed using a firearm. There exists no statistical data to suggest that the elimination of firearms will somehow reduce or stop suicides or homicides. If the Australian model has proven anything — those intent upon committing suicide or homicide will use whatever means are available to accomplish their objective. The absurd insinuation of the previous writer that eliminating firearms would somehow magically prevent those 14,965 homicides and 22,928 suicides borders is ridiculous.
Congratulations to Mr. Grimes for his Dec. 29 commentary on development in James City County. One reaction is to ask how much money could be saved if the comprehensive plan were scrapped and the Planning Commission were abolished? (Note, this is not a slam against the planners, who have a tough job that involves being overruled often.) The examples provided in the commentary were very informative and important.
Well said for both Michael Grimes comments and the resulting response entitled County Sprawl. It is apparent issues of development and relative needs of the community are not being addressed in a particularly fair and far-sighted manner. To allow continued development of additional commercial sites when there are so many that are either unoccupied or underutilized begs the question of why we allow this to be done to our community. The point regarding the increased stress on existing infrastructures including police, fire, water, sewage, waste management, schools and road maintenance, etc., with developers not being tasked with adequate proffers to offset the increase costs to the community via tax increases is something that should be addressed prior to the approval of any project. This is not being adequately done. Looking ahead 10 to 50 years from now, will the approved sprawl provide a better environment to call home than what we now have? It's time to arrest this trend and preserve what makes this community so exceptional.
A segment of our local population is fixated on mail delivery times. The overwhelming majority of us could care less if the mail arrives at 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m. or if the mail does not arrive until the following day. Bottom line, U.S. postal costs for First Class mail rank among the lowest in the world, the service is reliable and 6-day delivery is unheard of in the rest of the world. When was the last time any of you bothered to say thank you to your postal carrier? Folks need to lighten up and get a life.
To add to the evidence of poor mail service in the Williamsburg area, on Dec. 31 we received two packets of Christmas cards and other Christmas paraphernalia from two charitable organizations seeking donations. This is the first time we have experienced late delivery of this type of thing. I am certain these organizations paid for and expected delivery of this mail in late November. On Jan. 2, we received flyers in the mail from local grocery stores that were dated Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. These grocery stores didn’t get the mail service they paid for and expected. We have been participating in Christopher Wren classes for four years and have always received our catalog in a timely manner. This fall we received no catalog and the Christopher Wren office indicated they had heard from other customers who did not get a catalog. When I have business at the post office, usually at the Monticello location, I am impressed with how courteous and helpful the people are who work at the counters and our mail carrier is very pleasant and helpful, but what is going on that so much mail is not delivered when it should be?
Not a scam
Dominion Energy does sell repair insurance for water lines, as well as sewer lines and appliances. You can buy the insurance from them and they will add the cost to your monthly energy bill. The repair servicing company was sold by Dominion and is now run by Home Serve. They recently paid a $6,800 bill for a complete water line replacement at my home.
Build the amenities
York County has the right idea in requiring new home communities to build their amenities like pools and clubhouses first along with the model homes. There is a townhome community in Williamsburg which was started in the latter half of 2015, continues to sell homes, has lots of homes occupied, and has not even started to build the advertised pool and clubhouse. This is deceptive selling.
Repeating Obama's mistakes in foreign relations is not a path for success. ISIS remains the wealthiest terrorist group in the world, still controls just under 10 percent of the territory they claimed for their caliphate, still fields more than 30,000 fighters and operates in more than 12 other countries besides Syria and Iraq. The war against ISIS is not over; this is at best an unfortunate pause we have given them to reconstitute and rearm their forces. And no, our U.S. troops in Syria were not home in time for Christmas.
Wow, the commentary by Michael Grimes on sprawl on Dec. 29 was spot on, to the point and I agree with all points made. Since we are on the subject of Midtown Row and open retail space that is still available, there is still time to get a small Hallmark Greeting Card store in there somewhere. Can someone get the word out to spokeswoman Brynn Jacoby that this would be a tenant that appeals to any age group, young or older. Thank You.
The objective of the border wall is to create physical barriers in those areas of the terrain that can best accommodate a wall and that could more effectively reduce the flood of illegal immigrants. The Democrats seem to forget that in every location that a physical wall has been erected, San Diego for instance, the number of people attempting to cross at those points has been reduced by more than 90 percent.
Since Trump supporters believe everything he says, why doesn't he just tell them the wall is already built?
Two children died while in border patrol custody with their parents. There is no evidence that the Border Patrol bears any responsibility for those deaths. That said, let’s put blame where it belongs, on the parents of those children and Democrats with their open border mantra that have resisted every effort to revise our immigration laws and to properly secure our national borders.
It is sad that two children died in the custody of the border patrol. They were in very poor condition prior to being in custody. This type of tragedy would not happen if parents or guardians did not expose them to danger in attempting an illegal act. It takes a bit to become dehydrated. Surely, those that are caring for the children can manage to make sure they are taking fluids.
The objective of the border wall is to secure the southern border and stop hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from flooding into our country. The mistake many people seem to make is the assumption that technology along our southern borders will physically stop illegal entry. Technology merely provides notification of illegal entry — the challenge then is to marshal resources to physically stop the criminal intruders. The border patrol is responsible for patrolling more than 6,000 miles of our northern and southern borders and more than 2,000 miles of our coastline with a total force of 21,000 agents. The Southern border is 1,945 miles long and is the preferred entry point in to the U.S. It's not rocket science. Technology can provide only part of the answer to secure our national border, coupled with physical barriers where possible and a significant increase in manpower for the Border Patrol.
All about respect
I was very pleased to read about the person who said, “We lack respect.” That has a lot to do with a lot of the problems we’re having today. I know if I had behaved disrespectfully as a child my parents would have been all over me. We were always told and taught to respect people of the cloth, priests, pastors, reverends, policemen, the military. My grandfather would fly his flag every day, and he came from the South — moved to the North — a black man of sharecroppers, but he flew that flag every day. So I grew up respecting that, that when we went from respect to tolerance, we lost a lot. There’s no more respect any more. So I appreciate the person writing in regarding that, because it was very wise.
Free to you
Twin size mattress, like-new condition. Call 220-0942.
Basketball hoop and stand, free to good home. Goes to first caller. Must pick up. Call 645-5264. If no answer, leave a message. Thank you.
There it is
I noticed a $30 a month increase in my Cox bill. It was for a 50 mbps to 100 mbps increase in my internet speed. Cox said, “We are sorry but we no longer support the 50 mbps.” Of course, they didn’t notify me of the $30 a month increase. I had to find it by reviewing my bill. Sure wish Cox didn’t have a monopoly.
Considering that automobile manufacturers now make cars with forward looking radar so that the driver can't tailgate, backup cameras so the driver can see if he is about to run over the dog, self locking doors, and almost any automatic device one can think of; why can't the manufacturers add a switch so that when the driver turns the windshield wipers on the headlights come on automatically. If that were to happen there would be fewer ghosts cruising the highways on rainy days.
Statue of Liberty
Aa a democratic nation, with no official racial prejudice, I think it is time we built another Statue of Liberty facing south and another facing west.
I would like to thank spiteful President Trump for canceling federal employees’ 2.1 percent pay raise at the 11th hour. Maybe this moves him one step closer to the exit door.
In a recent Last Word, a commenter claims illegal immigration costs the taxpayers $135 billion. I would like to ask that caller to please document where he got that figure from, because I can’t.
A big shout out to Williamsburg Honda and their employees who made the purchase of my new Honda CR-V painless. Steve Snead, in sales, and John Gorbett, finance manager, were friendly, professional, and more than hard working. They knew exactly what I wanted even before I did. And besides, I love the color. Thanks again.
Highly recommend Furniture Medic on Tewning Road, Williamsburg, 757-220-3939. We used them for both refinishing and repair.
As I begin my seventh year working out with my trainer, Sissy Leudtke, with F.I.T. in Toano, I want to share my appreciation and gratitude for the way in which she has inspired me to keep working on my core. Since I began working with Sissy, my osteoporosis has decreased and the pain I used to have with my back has disappeared. Thank you, Sissy, for keeping me in a healthy state of mind and body! In addition, she is now inspiring my husband to work out and eat healthy foods.
Chick-fil-A has great party platters, and now they deliver. Better than lugging the platters back to your office or your home or the party or whatever. It’s a really great service.
Up in Washington
Just checked my bank account and found that the Social Security payment had been deposited, correctly and on time, like always, despite the "partial government shutdown." Why aren't we all starving?
Since the current administration is hellbent on dismantling the legacy of President Obama it is a shame that he didn't endorse sending the national debt through the ceiling. The current president would then dismantle the former president's policy and work 24/7 to erase the debt in four years.
Since Secretary Zinke has resigned and left Washington, after Jan. 3 he’s going to discover that he’s no longer protected by the White House from prosecution.
A previous commenter who wrote they were “around when various Presidents were in office” appears to have missed the disaster of the Carter administration, the sleaze and corruption of the Clintons and the Obama administration appeasement policies and the weaponizing of federal agencies to use against political enemies.
My spirits were uplifted by President Trump’s New Year’s message, “2019 will be a fantastic year for those not suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.” This is great since I am not a deranged Trump supporter.
Congress, by law, is required to enact 12 appropriations bills by Oct. 1 each year. The last time all appropriations bills were enacted was in 1996. Congress is arguably America’s most dysfunctional workforce, with a 21 percent approval rating. A business owner would not tolerate this level of incompetence. Why do we the people keep hiring these incumbents with a 95 percent re-election rate? Term limits!