Last Word on affordable houing, Jan. 26

Affordable housing

Oakland Pointe is desperately needed, quality, affordable housing in a good location. It would provide housing for roughly 70 percent of the workers who have JCC jobs. This includes pre-school teachers, elder care aides, first responders, retail, restaurant and hotel workers, to name a few. The proposed buildings are of high-quality construction materials and offer a large amount of green space, too. Extensive buffers will keep it out of view from the roads. Included traffic improvements will fix long standing safety concerns at Route 60 while adding sidewalks for easy walking to area shops and bus stops. Please vote for this much needed housing.

JCC marina

To the boater wanting JCC to fix the waterway access to the marina: First, it's your responsibility to know the waterway you travel, not the county taxpayers. Get an up-to-date chart book and a current depth finder and learn basic navigation. Second, the area in Sandy Bay is well marked during the day; during the summer, it is well marked at night. The area behind the island still has the day marker poles in place. Follow them as if you were running marked channels and you have no issues. The marina access to other boaters isn't controlled by the depth of the creek but by the height of the Colonial Parkway Bridge, which is only 11' 6" and by depth of the marina itself, less than 4 feet at high tide. We tell all boaters that are new to the area to ride out on the island road and look at Sandy Bay at low tide. Navonics is a great tool for your phone.

Clear to fly

A recent Last Word writer asked how an "unlicensed pilot" would be able to keep flying, referring to the tragic helicopter accident here last year. This follows reports that the accident pilot did not have a current FAA medical certificate, and if so, he should not have been flying. However, the lack of a medical certificate does not mean he was "unlicensed," nor has it yet been identified as a causal factor in the accident. As with a driver’s license, no one would find out if a pilot chose to fly without a medical certificate unless an accident results. Airports have no authority to ground anyone; only the FAA can do that. Whatever turns out to be the cause of the accident, it must be understood that pilots, as drivers, are the ones to be held responsible for following the rules.

Blaming the pilot for the crash? I believe confirmation bias is being exhibited here. I get it, he was old, but perhaps this was due to a mechanical malfunction? This man had decades of experience flying a helicopter with known issues and crashes. Let’s wait for the FAA final report and see what it says before we go blaming a person’s age. He did have a commercial license to fly, and the helicopter was last inspected August 2017. I understand it was his physical exam that grounded him, not his experience to fly or ability to fly.

Looking for …

Are there scheduled visits to Williamsburg for the purpose of shredding unwanted or sensitive material? I would appreciate the location and dates. Thank you.

Looking for someone who can upholster four dining chairs with vinyl. Results with no puckers or folds. Leave message and contact information on Last Word. Thank you.

This is Fleming, with Fleming’s Engraving in Williamsburg. Just saw someone is looking for a “lost silver bracelet. Engraved with inscription ending in ‘Love, Emery.’ ” It was given to this person by a student. If you don’t find it, we’d be happy to reproduce another one at no charge. We’d like to do that to help this person. I know that’s not the real thing, but we’d love to support them. They can call us at 229-5688 and we would love to help them. Thank you.

Who does scissor sharpening in the Williamsburg area? I have a pair of OXO poultry scissors that need sharpening and no idea where to take them. Any ideas?

To the person looking how to start her fireplace: Have you looked at the directions that came with the fireplace? It may look like it’s just installation instructions, but there may actually be a manual on how to use the fireplace with it. So try that if you haven’t, if it came with the house that you purchased and you were fortunate enough that the person left instructions.

Are there any Red Hatters groups in the Toano/Williamsburg area? Please let me know.

Is there a local charitable organization that might need a used desktop computer of recent vintage? Or perhaps a group that refurbishes them? My old computer is perfectly good, but I no longer need it and hope someone else can benefit from it.

To the person asking about a “real” pharmacy: Try Williamsburg Drug Co. They have two locations, and a wide variety of OTC medications and devices and offer their expertise to those who need advice. And they don’t sell diet soda and beer.

Can anyone recommend an reputable stamp dealer? I have inherited a collection and would like to know what to do with it. Thank you.

I would appreciate the name and number of someone who is reliable, gives a fair price and does good work, to put in a new driveway — which would be new aggregate — and then a walkway into the home, which, I’m open to suggestions as to the material for that. Thank you.

New-fangled math

Well, my New Year’s resolution was to lose a little bit of weight. Just want to let you know of my progress: My goal was to lose 10 pounds. I am happy to report that I have 15 more pounds to go. Thank you.

Shining stars

We attended the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center’s High School Art Show and were blown away by all of the artistic talent at the high school level. We were disappointed that the College of William and Mary professor who judged the show prefaced his comments by saying he was not judging the work on technical ability, but on what feeling it evoked in him personally. The WCAC or any person off the street could have judged the works themselves and handed out awards simply for what they liked. It may have had more meaning to the art students if judging had been based on technical merit as well.

Different look

The so-called midtown “boutique” mixed purpose urban development is yet another architectural disaster that simply does not fit with Colonial Williamsburg’s identity, even more so than the infamous Stryker building. The sketches of the development one sees at the building site that is now undergoing demolition suggest, unfortunately, an industrial, square, semi-socialist architectural look. How on earth does this go with Williamsburg is beyond understanding. It would be helpful to hear from the Architectural Review Board just what moved them to approve this newest design disaster in our colonial town.

Surprise wording

As my pet and I enjoyed a brisk morning walk through our fair city, I was taken back, stopped in my tracks, when I spied the "F" word and other inappropriate words displayed on a sale item in a local shop window. I decided not to patronize the shop or make a complaint to the manager. However, I will if I see it again.

Women’s March

I attended my third Women’s March in Williamsburg on Jan. 19 and was so glad I did. I was first disappointed when I heard it was focused on the ERA, which I thought was over. I discovered that it is not. The speakers, including Congresswoman Luria, spoke on a variety of topics all related to the Equal Rights Amendment and educated me on how important its ratification is. I also had the opportunity to meet this year’s candidates who support the ERA and got a postcard to send to my state delegate. The Indivisible groups who organized the march should be commended on their efforts and I hope they keep up the good work.

Thanks, Frank

Thanks once again to Frank Shatz for his very insightful reflections on the renewed close association of China with Russia. This is not the best time for us to have a rudderless leader who allies himself with no one other than his own children.

Local character

Haven’t seen the elderly gentleman who keeps the military display at the junction of Jamestown Road and Neck O Land Road. I hope all is well. We miss seeing him. Thank you.

Parkway repairs

I read where Kaine, Warner and Luria have asked for $54 million for the Colonial Parkway. I thought, “Are you crazy?” So I went out and looked at it. I have three brothers who are builders, who do phenomenal work. They’re perfectionists. And we looked at that, came up with $12 million. What contractor are you hiring? What builder are you hiring for that road that’s going to charge you $54 million?

Minimum wage

Maybe the Republican state senators such as Norment should try working on $7.25/hour with a family and see how it is. Very shameful of Norment. Thank you.

Conserving water

I recently read that the level in the Potomac aquifer has dropped due to human consumption. I applaud HRSD's research in mitigating this issue. Never once, however, have I read where some of the responsibility and requirements should be placed on homeowners and businesses to conserve their water usage. Why is that?

Shutdown and the wall

For the person who was concerned about the president’s salary during the government shutdown: You should know he donates his salary to various organizations and has been since he took office.

Does anyone remember when the Reagan administration championed its "Just say no" program in its war on drugs? The modern version of this is the Democrats just saying no to the president.

I am not opposed to Congress continuing to receive their pay, the 115th and 116th Congress have been among the most productive since 2007. The limited number of federal employees impacted by the shutdown have recourse—most will qualify for unemployment compensation and, let’s face it, historically they will receive their full pay for any and all days impacted by the shutdown. Simply an extended vacation without any cost in vacation days.

This week the right-wing talking heads have been once again pimping the debunked story that "prayer rugs" have been found in the desert in the Southwest United States. Since a prayer rug is as sacred to a Muslim as rosary beads are to a Catholic, this is doubtful at best. There has been only one photo of an alleged prayer rug come to light and on examination, it was determined to be a soccer shirt. Lie exposed. As Sgt. Joe Friday used to say on Dragnet, "just the truth."

The last time Congress adopted a budget resolution on time was FY 2004. Quit punishing government employees and taxpayers with shutdowns. We the people need Congress to do their job. If this happens, Congress and their staffs should lose their pay (not be paid retroactively) and all privileges like flying home every weekend be eliminated till a budget get signed. Think things would change?

As a veteran, I remember why our country never negotiates with terrorists so why should the Democrats negotiate with someone holding our government hostage? This would allow this person to hold us hostage time after time to get his way. As a vet and federal retiree, I would say no to negotiations until our government is re-opened. We should not be governed by Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh — they were not elected and don't represent the majority of us.

One way that TSA workers could help push the government to the bargaining table to end this stupid shutdown would be to work to contract and treat every bag that goes through as a suspicious bag containing a bomb and meticulously search every piece of luggage getting on to an airplane. They wouldn’t quit working. They’ll just do their job microscopically.

I think that Congress should pass a bill that, in the event of a government shutdown (full or partial), no one working in or for the White House (including president, vice president and all cabinet members and their staffs), anyone working in or for Congress, and all federal justices, have to work without pay for the duration of the shutdown and no paychecks will be paid for any time after the first 15 calendar days of the shutdown. All other federal workers forced to work without pay will be paid in full for all hours worked, including any overtime worked, as soon as possible after the shutdown is over. Also all government transport of non-active military personnel, including the president and First Family and members of Congress, will cease until after the shutdown.

If Trump wants to borrow money for his wall, he needs to win seven more Senate seats, win back Congress and get re-elected in 2020. Just say no to hostage takers.

In regard to the assertion that, "I believe that since the vast majority of those government workers are Democrats. They should instruct their representatives to start negotiating with President Trump on the wall ..." It is well known that Trump lies excessively every day, so how likely is this statement true? Federal employees are just like other employees in non-federal workplaces, there is a mix of all political affiliations. Please verify this "Democrat majority" information for veracity before echoing another Trump untruth. Political affiliation is not asked for or notated in official employee records. And this wall that is going to stop illegals from entering America? Just this week, 367 illegal immigrants tunneled under the wall in seven tunnels while a smaller number climbed over the wall.

President Trump and his shutdown are killing this country. A lot of innocent people are on their last dime, thanks to him. Why doesn’t he pay for it out of his own pocket or Putin’s? I think this has gone on too far. A lot of innocent people are getting hurt, probably a lot of them who voted for him.

Super Bowl help

With the Super Bowl coming up in Atlanta in a couple of weeks and law enforcement depending upon the FBI, the Secret Service, Homeland Security and other federal agencies whose employees are not getting paid, an organization as rich as the NFL should be willing to step up and pay the salaries of these people while they’re working on a for-profit sports event.

Free to you

I have a hobby horse and carousel horse for free. Come get it. Call 757-258-1495.

Road worries

A great big thank you to the group, state, county or local for filling in the holes on Monticello Avenue at the intersection of Route 199. It is refreshing to know we do not have to weave our way around those holes.

Treated water

I have a better idea for the use of sewer effluent. Rather than pumping it into the ground for all of us to drink, why don’t they distribute it to those who think pumping it into the ground is a good idea, and they can drink it?

Immigration

To the commenter whose family emigrated from Prussia: First of all, I assume you know the difference between legal and illegal immigration; hopefully, your relative entered our country legally. Then you go on to state that your relative invented very useful machines. That’s exactly what Present Trump wants, people who will benefit our country.

A previous writer was concerned about the lack of empathy in the deaths of two children at the border. The parents were not fleeing anything they would not be confronting in our own cities of Chicago, Baltimore, L.A. and a host of other U.S cities: gang violence, shootings, rape, human trafficking, rampant illegal drugs, corruption, poverty and hunger. Stay home and fix your own country instead of bringing more of those problems into mine.

Speedy delivery

After careful consideration, I have determined that the people working in the Sandston Distribution Center are unaware that first class mail comes in something more than a flat letter with a stamp on it. Three times recently it took over a week for small first class packages to come here from Sandston. One of these packages was a part to repair my furnace which came from Portage, Mich.

We recently moved. Our mail did not make the move with us. I made one phone call to the main post office in Williamsburg and within 24 hours, our mail was safely delivered to our new home. Thank you very much, Williamsburg Post Office.

Knowing I was bothered by irregular mail delivery times, my daughter gave me a great Christmas present: A wireless motion detector that lets me know when mail has been delivered. Saves multiple trips out to the mailbox to check the mail. See safepackagedelivery.space website. Has info on Porch Pirate Prevention products also.

Drug deaths

To the commenter enquiring, “What can government or others do to eliminate unnecessary overdose deaths?” What about the individual who decides to take drugs in the first place? Responsibility starts there. The same goes for those wanting to blame others for all the wrong in the world.

All this about opioid use in the news, that 72,000 people in the United States died in 2018, approximately 200 people per day. However, no one seems concerned that 600,000 people in the United States die from obesity-related problems and 488,000 die from tobacco-related problems, but no one seems to be concerned about those numbers. Opioid overdose is all anybody wants to talk about, which is strange, don’t you think?

Guns

To the commenter writing about the proposed one-gun-per-month rule: I’m not sure where you stand. Today you can buy any number of guns per month: the proposed bill limits you to one per month. The bill doesn’t mean you have to by one gun per month. As far as having to build a wall around your house to protect you from your neighbors, I suggest you buy a gun instead. It’s a lot cheaper.

Recommended

I cannot recommend Mike Melatti of Sears Garage Solutions (757-721-2524 or 757-353-0397) highly enough. He is very professional and on time! We thought we needed a new garage door seal, but Mike determined all we needed was an up/down adjustment to the door. He also lubricated all the moving parts and made a couple of other tweaks to align the tracks. It is refreshing to find someone to come out for a job and see that they actually know what they are doing, are courteous, do the job right and don't overcharge.

If you're looking for an excellent landscape designer, I highly recommend Peggy Krapf of Heart's Ease Landscape and Garden Design. She can be reached at 757-566-9088. Email is info@heartseaselandscape.com. And to do the hardscaping, you can't beat John Spears. His phone number is 757-303-1131 and his email is jslandscape@cox.net. They are a superb team. They totally transformed our backyard and made it a place of beauty.

We had another wonderful experience at The Huntsman’s Grille near Great Wolf Lodge. The atmosphere is fun and the people who wait on you are very friendly and prompt. I was amazed when the waitress said, “We never let coffee sit for more than 20 minutes.” Amazing. Food very good and prices reasonable. We were even treated to some delicious fruit and nut bread. We would highly recommend.

We recently had occasion to ask Colonial Computers to take on a very special project for us. They were not certain they could fulfill our request but diligently worked on it for several days. John called us a few days later to tell us the DVD we wanted them to reproduce was ready for pick up. Not only did they do a wonderful job, but the cost was extremely fair. We have used their services several other times and highly recommend them.

Thank you

I would like to respond to the comments about Tammy at Dr. Sullivan’s office — Colonial Veterinary Clinic. I have been going to Dr. Sullivan for more than 30 years, and I couldn’t agree more with the comments made about her. No matter what is going on around her, she is always friendly, pleasant and caring. I always know that when I call and talk to her, she will take care of me and my beloved dog like we are family. Thank you, Tammy.

While waiting for my appointment at Apex PT, I witnessed Scott Brubaker working with a patient. The elderly gentleman kept apologizing for not having the energy to do much that day. Scott very caringly bent down and kindly gave him a pep talk. He reminded the gentleman there would be good days and hard days. All that mattered was that he showed up and did the best he could. Scott's gentle way working with his patients shows how much he cares for them. Kudos to Scott.

Up in Washington

Mr. Dunn needs a refresher on what a "do nothing" Senate truly is. The Democratic-controlled Senate under Harry Reid, D-NV, is a leading example. The Senate under Reid passed one budget proposal in four years and one budget in six years. Under Reid, the number of amendments votes dwindled from the average of 218 in 2007 to 67 in 2013 to a grand total of four in 2014. House Republicans passed more than 200 bills in 2013, the overwhelming majority Reid refused to bring to a vote in the Senate. Harry Reid was the first to use the Nuclear Option, on Nov. 21, 2013, when under his direction the bare majority of Democrats in the Senate removed the ability to filibuster for judicial nominees below the U.S. Supreme Court level. That allowed Obama to stuff the federal courts full of nominees and to alter the balance on some of the crucial federal courts of appeal.

The reason Republicans were unable to enact immigration reform and to budget money for the wall was simply because they lacked the 60 votes necessary required by Senate rules. Republicans had 52 seats and though several Democrats were willing to vote for the legislation, the measure was still two votes short of passage. Now ask why Democrats were unable to enact any single piece of immigration reform in the eight years Obama was in office and Democrats controlled the House and Senate for at least four of those years.

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