Last Word on Gov. Northam, Feb. 6

Should Northam resign?

I think before we spend too much time chastising Gov. Ralph Northam, we should remember that before he was governor, he was known as Dr. Ralph Northam, who spent his entire career serving humanity. So let’s take it easy on him.

I’m hearing the address that Gov. Northam presented to the folks of the United States — actually to Virginia and the United States — and I find his statements not very honest — and that’s the opinion of Larry Sabato, who’s a professor at the University of Virginia; and the former attorney general of the state of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli; and others. And I think it would be wise for Mr. Northam to resign. He would certainly be doing the commonwealth a great service. Thank you.

Fifty to sixty-plus years ago, the Democrats in the South were the Ku Klux Klan, not the Republicans. They were the ones who wanted lynching and horrible things. That’s why this is so offensive to the Democratic Party, because they don’t want to be reminded that’s who they were. And that’s what they believed in and that’s how they acted. Now Northam says, “I don’t think that was me in the picture now.” He’s making fun of Virginia. That’s why everybody’s distancing themselves from him right now.

I am sick and tired of the PC police who spend all their time finding fault with everything and everyone. Take the case of the governor. The militant PC group cannot abide that everyone had a life before 2018. The picture is evil today, because we are not allowed to discuss the attitudes of that time without a heavy dose of guilt. However, I ask the Republicans that jumped on the bandwagon, what was the attitude of Virginia and what was your thinking about the African-Americans at that time? In today’s perspective, there were many actions and attitudes in the past that were unacceptable. The idea is to not repeat them, which is difficult in today's political climate. We all have had a past and you people looking for stuff to create controversy, look at your own life and stop trying to be important.

The people want Gov. Northam to resign: What about the president of the United States? He may not have dressed in blackface or Ku Klux Klan, but he has called people names and the way he has talked about women. So, you know, we can let some of them fly, but all of them can’t fly. And Northam says that’s not him. I believe him. So, that’s all I have to say, and I did vote for him. Thank you.

It is just unbelievable that the governor didn’t know about the blackface and KKK photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook. Besides, his support and belief for allowing abortions in the third trimester is terrible and despicable. He should and needs to resign immediately. No more votes for him and his supporters.

Rev. Al Sharpton is making a big deal of calling for the resignation of our Virginia governor because of a picture that Northam says is not him, and in any case was taken 30 years ago. It seems that long about that time, Al Sharpton was all over the newspapers charging horrible things done to a teenager -- and it turned out to be totally false. Should we hold this against him forever? No! People do make some pretty bad mistakes, and we look to what they have done since that time, and it is more important to hold them responsible for what they are doing now. It seems that right now the governor is trying to make things better for all people in the state, and, yes, Sharpton, too, has done good things.

Antle’s progress

Just a brief message on the progress of Jared Antle, our college student who was severely injured by a driver: It was such a great report you had several weeks ago, and since he’s a member of a family of our community, thank you for keeping us as informed as possible. Remember him and his family in your prayers for strength and courage. Thank you.

Road worries

What a wonderful venue this is for unsubstantiated conclusions, e.g., the claim that traffic roundabouts can contribute to fatalities. I recently completed the AARP online Smart Driver course. More than once, the course teaches that four-way stops, and especially left turns, are inherently higher risk than traffic roundabouts. As a driver who daily traverses the Longhill and Olde Towne intersection, I look forward to the efficiency and safety the new traffic arrangement will offer. England and other countries use traffic circles extensively and successfully. Broader deployment of traffic circles can produce benefits here as well.

Looking for …

Does anyone know if there is a restaurant in Williamsburg that serves tamales? Thank you.

Any packing or moving boxes would be very appreciated. Please call 757-258-3348 for pick up. Thank you so much.

Where is the active chapter of the Embroiders’ Guild in Williamsburg? Please give the location and meeting time. Thank you.

Does anyone know of a doll hospital in the area or Norfolk or Richmond? Please call me at 757-566-4589. Thank you.

Does anybody know someone who will cut down trees or clear land on my property for just the timber or firewood and not the thousands of dollars? Please call me at 506-6687. Thanks a lot.

Does anyone know of a mobile hair stylist in Williamsburg who could travel to a hotel to do the hair of a handicapped guest who will be in town for a wedding?

Is there someone that can teach how to do your own (short form) taxes? I've always taken my taxes to someone to be done but know many persons that say they do their own taxes online. I don't have enough knowledge to feel comfortable trying it for the first time. Any suggestions?

To the person looking for affordable and reliable place to get taxes done: Try Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. They have three conveniently located locations in Williamsburg. They stand behind their work. Phone number is 757-258-9000.

Old vs. new

I see that the Williamsburg Shopping Center is on its way to becoming a five-story midtown clone of Richmond and Hampton. Work has begun on the new Phi Beta Kappa glass, stone and metal ultra-modern auditorium/museum/classroom edifice. (I understand why the old buildings were inadequate but the new design?) No one seems to be worried that the charm of CW that attracted so many of us is disappearing. I guess I am just old fashioned in wanting to reflect the past. Maybe it is time to think about a fence and welcome the new, modern Williamsburg and let the old gradually fade away.

DUI arrests

My wife and I totally disagree with the writers to the Last Word on Feb. 2, who were complaining that police camp outside various pubs and restaurants to arrest patrons who are leaving and had too much to drink. Think about that argument for just a moment. Isn't that what we want the police to do? Keep people off the road who have had too much to drink? Would you rather they get in their cars and add to our horrendous death toll caused by inebriated drivers? We enjoy a drink or two with our meal, too, but when we do, one of us will “volunteer” to be the designated driver to keep us, and others on the road, safe. People, wake-up and stop blaming the police, who are only doing a tough and dangerous job on our behalf. Thanks.

It's not because we have a lot of breweries that we have so many drunk drivers. It's local culture. Choosing to drink and drive is a personal choice. It's not the breweries' fault that people are making the wrong ones. We need to hold people accountable for their actions, not a business that has nothing to do with it.

Tax help

I am a senior citizen and would like to know if AARP is going to be helping seniors with tax preparation this year. Please call the Last Word and leave a message. Thank you very much. Editor’s note: Yes, AARP will again provide tax help to those 60 and older. Call 259-4072 for an appointment at either library. Appointments are scheduled starting Feb. 15.

Senior moments

Please do this now: Make a small list of your friends’ or neighbors’ telephone numbers and carry them with you when you’re away from home. If you have a “senior moment,” as I did, it won’t be necessary to call information to get the number. Information cannot help you if your friend does not have a land phone and it is necessary for you to reach someone. Sometimes your memory will just not produce the needed phone number, so carry it with you.

Sales tax increase

Definition of the Tommy/Monty Tax: Crony Capitalism. That’s when you privatize the gains and socialize the losses.

Brought to life

Nathan Richardson portrayed Frederick Douglass at the Williamsburg Library recently, drawing a good crowd of attentive and appreciative people of all ages. He drew children in, inviting their questions, having them come read out loud. Excellent, informative and enjoyable. Thanks, library, and see him when you get a chance.

Handicapped parking

Let me preface this by stating that I am a disabled parking permit holder and driver. We hear a lot of complaints about people illegally parking in handicapped parking spaces or others using the permit, although they may not be the holder the permit was issued to. What my complaint is, and I see this mostly among overweight disabled persons, is the total disregard that many of the disabled have for returning shopping carts to their proper location of either the store or cart corral. Many times have I encountered shopping carts left at the parking spot, and sometimes in the assigned space requiring one to exit their vehicle to remove same. This is nothing but pure laziness. How can we -- the disabled -- demand respect and consideration by other drivers, when the actions mentioned above denote selfishness and a sense of entitlement?

Medicare for all

All of these Democratic presidential candidates are for Medicare for all. Does that mean all of them will be in the same system with us? Are they going to go to the head of the line? Or do they have to get at the back of the line? If we’re going to have it, let’s go ahead and — you take your place in line with the rest of us there. Thank you.

Book cover

The reader who objected to Michelle Obama’s book cover: would you rather have her pose nude like the first lady did? Thank you.

Good reading

Congratulations to the Gazette on a newsworthy and well-written first section on Saturday. Thank you in particular to Jack Jacobs for his excellent article about Colonial Williamsburg’s focus on African-American history. We have heard Stephen Seals speak at an Altogether Williamsburg meeting and are particularly interested in attending some of the upcoming programs. Also, it’s been very exciting to follow and pray for Jared Antle and his family as they continue to make progress toward his healing. And also extremely disappointing to read about the Northam yearbook page. Thank you to Steve Roberts Jr. and also to Marie Albiges for their reporting.

Halftime show

Well, the Super Bowl halftime entertainment hit a new low with rap singers using disgusting language. The language was so bad it had to be blocked out for TV viewers. However, those in the live audience, I’m sure including children, were subjected to it. What was the NFL thinking when they booked these acts?

Recommended

When my refrigerator stopped working last week, a neighbor recommended WE Service, a local company. Boy, am I glad he did! They came out and repaired my frig in two days. The tech was prompt and courteous and even showed me the part he replaced, all for a very comparable rate. Their number is 757-797-5241.

Big thank you to Dave at Taproot Hearth & Patio for solving how to replace the dead batteries in two Casablanca fan remotes! Dave was kind and efficient and very creative in handling the dilemmas. Casablanca’s manual did not provide instructions as to how to open the remotes nor did the company’s website nor did the tech person I spoke with. But Dave’s curiosity saved the day. Taproot is a great asset to our community.

I have just had the greatest experience with Top Notch tree removal. I had a 75-foot, very dangerous pine in my yard that four companies told me they would not let a man climb to take it down. I kept searching and finally found Top Notch. He told me they had a piece of equipment that would fit through my gate and could remove it without a man climbing the tree. I felt relieved that no one would get hurt and contracted with him. Today my tree was removed in the most profession manner I have ever seen, the yard was cleaned and no one would know that a tree had been removed. The place was left immaculate, but most of all, no one was hurt. My thanks to the great crew of Top Notch. Their number is 757-220-5781.

Shutdown

All the comments in the Last Word on the shutdown blame Trump. I suppose Nancy Pelosi’s “no negotiation” stance was helpful?

Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different outcome as every year the government since 1997 has failed to pass budget and appropriations bills on time. Warner and Wittman have proposed legislation to punish Congress for shutting down the government. We the people are proposing term limits, so all incumbents who have failed us for years give new representatives a turn at making the government run on time.

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