Last Word on the marina, Jan. 16

James City Marina

Clearly, the waterway entry to the James City County Marina has a known hazard to navigation. It appears the county knows it. As a boat owner, I am astounded to read the county has chosen to do nothing. Has JCC truly shunned responsibility for assembling and leading a team for clearing the waterway into the marina? At the very least, the county should champion the effort to get the obstacles more clearly marked for safe passage, day and night. One grounding causing significant damage to a vessel, let alone injury to passengers, could draw the owner's insurance company to heavily litigate against whoever they deem responsible. At best, word will spread among boaters about the obstacle and they will tend to avoid the marina. JCC needs to address fixing this waterway safety issue.

Looking for …

Found: A man’s wedding band in the parking lot behind Bonefish Grill. If you could call this number and describe what it is, I’d be more than happy to give it to you. The number is 757-565-3917. Thank you.

Christine from Uptown Hair is now at the Hair Cuttery in the Monticello Shopping Center, up from Ruby Tuesdays near Merle Norman and the Mailboxes store. It is easy to find and you can park close by.

To the person looking for help with gastrointestinal problems: I highly recommend Dr. April Guminsky. She is a functional medicine doctor who helped me resolve my digestive problems within a few months. The name of her practice is Gateway Internal Medicine on Bulifants Boulevard, 757-707-3025. Good luck.

Someone asked for information regarding Two Trolls Consignment Boutique. The shop is in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center and offers gently used second-hand clothing, toys, electronics, athletic wear and some furnishings for babies to juniors.

To the person looking for watch and battery repair: I recommend MN Jeweler, Williamsburg Crossing. Phone number is 757-849-2785. Excellent service, knowledgeable. Also does custom made jewelry and engraving.

Food truck rules

The FDA inspects only a small percentage of food facilities every year. It has to inspect high-risk facilities once every three years, and other plants every five years. The threat of fire in a food truck kitchen is no greater than the threat of fire in a restaurant kitchen. Daily inspections for food trucks? Hey, local government, get off the backs of small businesses. Get real.

Sad news

I was sad to read about the passing Lisa Bux in The Virginia Gazette and the subsequent closing of her lovely shop, A Southerner Gardener. It was a unique place and she had amazing taste. She will be missed.

Voter ID

Gov. Northam wants to eliminate photo ID for voting due to its impact on minority voters and low-income voters, yet voter turnout in the past three elections has been at record highs in Virginia. I have never seen minorities or low-income voters turned away due to lack of photo IDs for welfare or any other assistance program. So this is just a canard by Gov. Northam.

Let me get this straight. The Virginia governor wants to remove the requirement to provide identification to vote. That’s not right. I could go in and vote as my neighbor as long as I got the personal information correct. Vote this down.

Unwanted calls

For those who would like phone privacy: I have used, for several years, an appliance called “Sentry.” It attaches simply to your landline. A recorded calling is rejected with one ring. Otherwise, a voice tells the caller if a telemarketer, hang up. If legitimate, press zero and the call is shunted to an open line. Callers can be OK’d in future by pressing an “accept” button. The device is available on the internet for about $40.

Road worries

A little known fact among those in Williamsburg: Cars actually come with blinkers. It's that long stick on your steering column. Everyone ought to try them.

Speed isn’t the real issues with drivers; it’s their competence or recklessness behind the wheel. Too often I have witnessed drivers who don’t signal, including school bus drivers and police. Then, of course, there are the phone and texting drivers; this issue is the scariest. I suggest the police pay more attention to texters than speeders. When will Virginia come to its senses and make phone use hands free only?

Holiday spirit

We want to acknowledge the outstanding Christmas Day meal that Antoinette Ashy and the Dominion Village of Williamsburg staff provided to the residents and family members. Fantastic, good old fashioned home cooking at its best.

Drug overdoses

Buried deep in a recent Last Word post is a statistic that more than 72,000 Americans each year die of drug overdoses. That equates to almost 200 people every day. Imagine a fully-loaded Boeing 737 or Airbus A-321 falling out of the sky every day. If that started happening, you can be sure that those aircraft would be taken out of service immediately. What equivalent action can government or others do to eliminate these unnecessary overdose deaths?

Guns

From what I understand, our General Assembly in Richmond will soon vote on whether or not each of us can purchase only one gun per month. I am flabbergasted! So a family of three will amass 36 firearms by year’s end. Small wonder all the crooks up North travel to Virginia to stock up. Talk about homeland security. If this law is passed, I’m building a Trump wall around my house to protect us from our neighbors.

Government shutdown

Since the government is partially shut down, maybe it’s a good time to evaluate the need for so many government workers in the first place. If anything can be learned from Greece’s financial problem, it is that government should be the last employer of its people. Too many government workers means higher taxes for all.

Congress is getting a paycheck while government employees are being forced to work without one. By law, all appropriations bills should have been passed by Oct. 1, 2018. Now Congress wants to pass another continuing resolution through Feb. 8 to have more time to figure out border security funding and the safety of our communities. Why do we let Congress fail to do their job on time every year? Term limits!

Affordable housing

It is difficult to believe that group of vocal folk in the upper county seem to want to protect the very worst part of JCC’s history. Some still fly the Confederate flag and want to protect the privilege of living on large tracts of land while lower-income people serve their needs. Some still want their schools and neighborhoods separated, not welcoming lower-income workers and not wanting affordable places for them to live in the upper county. A representative democracy should represent equality for all JCC citizens, not just the most vocal privileged.

What they sell

I wish pharmacies would be a little bit like they used to be. I occasionally need an over the counter intestinal product, but there’s nothing in the pharmacies that I can find any more. It used to be those products would be available. They sell beer, wine, groceries, house decorations but not something that a person could use for medical use within their home. Does anybody else feel that way and is there anything a pharmacy can do? Thank you.

Cigarette litter

One of the greatest types of litter I see along the streets in Williamsburg is cigarette butts. Unfiltered cigarette butts will rot away quite quickly because they consist of tobacco and paper. However, filter cigarette butts persist in the environment for many years because the filter consists of man-made fibers, which do not rot. This is stupid for a consumer product which lasts for little more than five minutes once lit. The various state governments need to stand together and pass laws requiring cigarette filters to be made from organic fibers which rot quickly once discarded. They should not be made from man-made products with an added ingredient which causes them to break down into micro fiber pieces of plastic which are very harmful to the environment. Write your representative now.

Border wall

The Republicans’ position on building the wall at the southern border is difficult to understand. If building the wall was so important, why didn’t they fund it during the last two years when they were in charge of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House? They didn’t fund it when they had every opportunity to fund it themselves. Now suddenly, it’s up to the Democrats to fund it. They need the Democrats’ vote to fund it and without it, they’re not going to get this wall. They want to blame the Democrats. They could have funded it themselves any time during the past two years. Difficult to understand.

Why are liberal politicians opposed to ICE and building a border wall, which is less than 5 percent of what it costs to deal with illegal immigrants? ICE arrests for immigration-related offences are up by nearly 40 percent. The number of people ICE places in removal proceedings is up by 47 percent. Illegal border crossings are down by 70 percent. Commonsense cost-effective border security.

I’m commenting on the United States of America. The president is having a temper tantrum because he can’t get that wall up. First he said Mexico was going to pay for it. So, how do you get another country to pay for something that you want, and you are the president? We are the laughingstock of the world and should be one of the richest countries in the world, but everybody’s laughing at us with this so-called president that we have. Thank you.

There is such a crisis at the border that thousands of troops have been withdrawn, now that the election is over. They should charge the Trump election campaign for the cost.

Thousands of people have been marching for many weeks from Central America to the southern border of the United States. Can anyone tell me who is financing this trek? How are they obtaining food? Where are they staying at night? I find it hard to believe that people this poor can pay for weeks of food, lodging, etc. Does anyone know where the funds are coming from?

Just like so many other groups and causes, the egos get in the way. The president, the Democrats and the press have to decide what they are talking about. There is a difference between border security and a wall. Border security should encompass all types of methods to solve the problems; a wall is part of one method. If those in Washington would think occasionally, things might get done.

Recommended

Pete Bal and his crew from Bal Floors did a beautiful job stretching our 14-year-old carpet in three rooms. We couldn’t be happier. The phone is 757-751-7744.

We have the best housekeeper ever. She doubles as a superb household manager and organizer. I'm certain our home in New Town is the cleanest and shiniest of all. She has glowing letters of recommendation. Please give her a call if you want the best. Call Dara, 757-876-7178. Thank you.

Immigration

I would like to respond to the writers who put the blame for the deaths of two children at our southern border on their parents. Are these people so lacking in empathy that they can’t even imagine how horrendous the conditions in the migrants’ homelands must be for them to take such a dangerous, arduous journey for the chance of a better life for their families? I pity people who have so little compassion for these immigrants. Some may call me a bleeding heart; but better a bleeding heart than no heart at all.

My family emigrated from Prussia (Germany) in 1767. One of my relatives, Charles Kettering, invented the electric start on GM cars, started Delco and invented freon. If Trump had been president back then and was trying to stop immigration, you might still be living without air-conditioning and starting your car with a crank.

Store suggestion

I saw in the Last Word where somebody requested a Hallmark card store in the new midtown shopping center. There’s already a very nice Hallmark store in Monticello Marketplace, right next door to Publix, so we don’t need another one that close. If another one is to be built, it should be in the Lightfoot Marketplace in the Harris Teeter shopping center. That would be an excellent location. Then we’d have one on the opposite end of town.

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