I am writing in response to Saturday’s Last Word item on the proposed new Phi Beta Kappa building, which ended “I do not care what is inside, but the outside should reflect the tradition of the area.” I disagree. Unlike Carlton Abbott's Muscarelle Museum, which is too small to make the statement it deserves, the new PBK will be large and impressive. It will face Jamestown Road and will not affect the non-style architecture on either side. After all, this is the 21st century.
I have heard that the community needs a first-class auditorium/theater to attract events that now will not come to Williamsburg. I am not sure the new Phi Beta Kappa Hall is much bigger and, if it is, where will all these people park? Parking at PBK hall is almost impossible now. The drawings of the new hall are beautiful if you like acres of glass, white brick and steel rather than something that would complement the local heritage and surrounding buildings. I see this as further evidence that surely and swiftly Williamsburg will lose its charm to become another look alike small city on the way to somewhere else. What were the planners and approvers thinking? So far, not much has been done to the old building. Maybe something can be changed. Please voice your opinion to the college.
Not sure where to send suggestions for new businesses for Richmond road development but how about CAVA restaurant? It’s great, and the closest one is in Richmond.
Here is what I miss from years back: the old Pottery, The "Library" Sandwich shop on Merrimac Trail, The Williamsburg Furniture store, The Roller Skating rink on Palace Road, The Original Carrot Tree, Queen Dairy, The old movie theaters, Podiatrist Dr. Gardfield, Vet. Dr. Sprinkel, Peebles and Rose's stores, The small Sal's restaurant all on Monticello, both Mr. Powers' and Mr. Jones' — RIP — friendly faces, the Old St. Bede Catholic Church, recently gone but not forgotten K-Mart on Waller Miller Road, Farm Fresh on Merrimac Trail, Tequila Rose Restaurant, The Tea shop at the Kingsmill Village shopping center, no gated communities. Can anyone add any more?
The hysteria surrounding the gun debate in the U.S. borders on insanity. Those on the left are so single-issue focused they ignore the truly horrendous issues confronting our nation. Unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year, due to nutrition- and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. In the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents. CDC reports the prevalence of obesity was 39.8 percent and affected about 93.3 million U.S. adults in 2015-16. There were more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017, drug deaths have tripled since 2002. Opioids led the increase with 30,000 deaths, a 500 percent increase since 2002. There were 14,415 firearm-related homicides in 2016, a number that has been in steady decline since the 1970's. The left needs to understand simple mathematics when determining critical issues confronting our nation.
Bright markers are needed on the often-hidden rocky shoal in Sandy Bay near the more popular Jamestown Marina. The open calm waters around that shoal are a natural place to explore but dangerous when the shoal is underwater. Every time I go through Sandy Bay someone says "Where did the buoys go? That should be clearly marked." A motor boat running aground that shoal is a frightening image. Markers are obviously needed. I applaud Craig Metcalfe's efforts to improve the safety around the shoal. As reported, he is getting the government runaround.
Looking for …
I’m looking for an adult bicycle in any condition that someone would like to get rid of. Please call 757-206-7590. Thank you.
Would be interested in knowing something of the Social Seniors mentioned in Dec. 29 Last Word.
Looking for someone to do some carpet stretching. Carpet is only three years old and in need of stretching in some areas. Please reply to last word.
Is there a business in town that knows watches and can tell if a new battery is enough or if it’s forever dead? Looking at lots of my lovely fun watches and hate to give up on them.
Are there any organizations that have a use for electric blankets? Thanks.
In response to an inquiry in Last Word: The new Publix grocery store at Monticello Marketplace has a recycling bin for Styrofoam egg cartons at one of the entrances.
The Williamsburg Host Lions Club usually makes Brunswick Stew each year and I would appreciate knowing when and where it will be made this year and where I can buy some. Thanks for the information.
I went on New Year’s Eve to return a library book via the drop-off box outside Publix only to find the box was locked. While books may not get picked up until after the holiday, I can see no reason to lock the box. It is still convenient for people to be able to return books there. Now I have to go back another time to do it.
What has/is happening at the James Blair intersection? What is the cost? Is it on budget? Who pays? What was/is the target date for completion? The traffic through Skipwith Farms is ridiculous.
It amazes me how, apparently, everybody ignores the speed limit on Route 199. Awhile back I questioned if my speedometer was accurate and had it tested. It was a couple of miles off but no big deal. Today, while traveling from Rourt 5 to Lightfoot, I was doing 67-68 mph by my speedometer and was probably the slowest car on the road. I was in the right-hand lane and constantly watched as cars overtook and passed me. They were young/old and male/female, so it seemed to be everybody headed in my direction. Just so you know, the survival rate of an accident at 80 mph is not nearly as good as 65 mph. Before you start responding with “get your speedometer checked again,” I use GPS now and it is accurate within 1 mph. I just hope these drivers don’t involve me in an accident. I can’t see where putting your and my lives in danger accomplishes a whole lot if you don’t get to where you are going.
Free to you
Free for pick up: HP LaserJet Print Cartridge 64A, (P4014, P4015, 4515), Black Ink. Call 757-565-4554 and leave message.
One of my pet peeves is when the server asks "what are we having for (fill in the blank for the meal?)". I know what I want to eat but am usually unaware the server is planning to sit and eat with me. As far as I know, only pregnant women, royalty and people with worms are allowed to use the pronoun we when referring to themselves.
This is a reply to the person who believes that reducing the number of guns will not affect the murder rate. He seems to believe that having fewer guns in Australia did not substantially reduce the homicide rate. He argues that people intent of killing will just use other means if they can't get guns. In Australia, a country with very strict limitations on gun ownership, the overall death rate from firearms is one-tenth that of the United States. The death rate from homicides in Australia is one-sixth of the United States. Yes, obviously, some people intent on murder who are without access to guns will certainly find other ways to kill. But apparently they kill much less frequently in Australia than in the U.S. Why? I do not believe that the people of Australia are any better or worse than those living here, but the availability of guns is much greater in the U.S. Worse still, many misguided Americans have promoted the idea that the answer to high levels of gun violence is more guns. We can in the news everyday see how this is working out.
Just the facts
Facts: Asylum seekers are not illegal; Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, and various other (ultra right-wing) commentators are often on CNN and MSNBC; Trump not only reneged on a border deal he had made but announced he would be proud to shutdown the government, and much of the money allocated for border security in 2018 was never used; Obama had to pull troops from Iraq because the Iraqis refused to extend the time they could stay; Turkey wants the U.S. out of Syria so they can destroy the Kurds, our allies; and I know several Americans who have lived in France for decades and would never opt to return to this country because of health care, racism, guns and infrastructure.
Why go to North Carolina to get Virginia Smithfield ham? Go to Smithfield instead. The ham is available at several places in town but one of my favorites is Darden's Country Store. A fun place to visit and delicious hams.
I have always had good luck finding dry cured country hams at Games Market in Newport News. They had, just before Christmas, a large number of hams from a facility (I believe) located in Ivor, Va. Games is my go-to place for meats.
We need a wall. Sensors and drones won’t do. When you step over the border, you’re in. A wall would stop them. Sensors and drones won’t.
I don't know what the big deal is about the steel fence or whatever. There are 40,000 people ready to fight the government from seizing their land on the Rio Grande under eminent domain. It will never be built during Trump's lifetime.
Ford class carriers
So buying two Ford class carriers at once is a good deal? The first one still doesn't work. Continued propulsion problems, catapults don't work, arresting gear doesn't work, radar doesn't work, weapons elevators don't work. How are these problems continually swept under the rug?
I stopped by the Cox office to see if I could do anything about robocalls. They suggested that I try www.nomorobo.com. I went through the registration and setup process with “nomorobo” and Cox voice tools. I found that the setup required “simultaneous ring” at Cox. Unfortunately, Cox doesn’t support it yet for my phone number. I went back to the Cox office and talked to the individual who told me to try it. His response was “Sorry, we don’t support it on your number yet. Maybe sometime in the next year or so.” Is anyone surprised?
When will Democrats stopping worrying more about Illegal immigrants than its citizens? Didn’t Democrats learn anything from losing the presidential election? You need to get votes from Americans — you care about Americans.
Up in Washington
The Republicans have undercut our military and security interests again. First, President Bush dropped the ball after invading Afghanistan. Then Bush withdrew from Iraq in 2011. (Yes, it was Bush’s Status of Forces Agreement that set the troop withdrawal.) Now President Trump is repeating all the mistakes in Syria and Afghanistan. When will this mindlessness end?
The GOP complains that Mueller’s investigation has taken 18 months. It's taken the IRS more than three years to audit Trump's 2015 tax return. They must be using an abacus.
Trump blames the worst stock market performance in 10 years on the Dems taking over Congress. It went up 800 points the day after speaker Pelosi was handed the gavel and 300k jobs were created the month after the election.
As a Democrat, I am disappointed that Nancy Pelosi did not publicly condemn new Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s profane reference to the president. This is especially true after all the criticism of bad language and rude behavior by Congress and the president the last two years. Government officials, particularly elected representatives of the people, should always maintain the highest standard of public behavior and decorum even though this may be more difficult given this era of social media that can report everything instantly.
Trump says the shutdown could last a year. When 120 million don't get their tax refunds the riots in Paris will look like a peace rally.
On Fox, Rudy Giuliani stated that Mueller "should put up or shutup". Three days later a federal judge extended the federal grand jury for six months.
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.
There is an old adage that "good news does not sell as well as bad news". Nevertheless, it might help mitigate some of the divisiveness in our country if mainstream media (FOX, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Times, Post, WSJ, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) spent equal time reporting the issues and legislation that have bipartisan support and the expected or actual results of implementation. Republicans and Democrats in Congress always claim they are friends and agree on many issues so let's hear about them as some relief from the endless news media debates on just the controversial partisan issues/ legislation.