Well, you know, it’s not safe riding a bicycle on the roads around here — people cut them off, this, that and everything else. But cyclists actively campaigned to have a bike trail built all the way to Richmond and from then on. But they still ride on the highways, where they claim it is not safe for them to ride. Millions of dollars have been wasted on bicyclists.
To the person who wrote in about raising the age to 21 for buying cigarettes: If you didn’t read the whole article, or you missed it, the law says members of the military can buy cigarettes under age 21 if they have ID. So they are the only ones that can buy cigarettes under 21. Thank you.
News flash: To balance a budget or pay down a debt, you must have income. And for a government, that means taxes. Tax cuts for the rich = No balanced budget and more debt.
We don’t live anywhere near the proposed Oakland Pointe development, but we think it’s a bad idea to separate “affordable” housing from the rest of the community instead of having it be integrated into the mix. We’ve seen what happens in inner cities when they build large developments such as this; remember Cabrini Green in Chicago? Not a good idea. Let’s live together.
On Feb. 21 I attended the commissioning ceremony for the new Mended Hearts of Williamsburg, Chapter 427. It was a wonderful ceremony with approximately 50 people in attendance, including members from the Richmond and Norfolk chapters. The executive director of Mended Hearts Inc., the assistant mid-Atlantic regional director and chapter president presented a plaque to the vice president of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and confirmed the relationship between the two organizations. Mended Hearts is a nonprofit, peer-to-peer support group for cardiovascular patients, families and caregivers. For more information on Mended Hearts meetings, call Craig at 757-645-5514. Thank you, Mended Hearts, for starting a chapter here in the Williamsburg/Historic Triangle area.
DoG Street paving
Cobblestones were not actually an 18th-century feature in Williamsburg. That kind of rock is not locally found. It was put down on the sides of the streets during the restoration of the town almost 100 years ago as a way to prevent further erosion. Thoughts have circulated every few years about digging it up, which would cost way too much money and be way too much work. As far as removing the pavement and leaving just dirt, that dirt street would immediately become muddy, dusty and the wagons would create ruts in record time. The cost of leveling and grading a dirt road would again be horrible and it would have to be maintained constantly. Not to mention the dirt and grime that would be carried into the historic buildings every time a person walked in the door. Then there is the problem with uneven, dirty, unpaved streets leading to visitor injury and legal action. The city of Williamsburg owns the streets and Colonial Williamsburg owns the buildings along those streets. Personally, I am more than happy to see the city rather than CW doing the work and paying for it. It's time.
I read once there were no cobblestones on the Duke of Gloucester Street in the 1770s, but lots of dust or mud, and the street was not the smooth path it is today but had many highs and lows. The individual complaining about the proposed plan to repave the Duke of Gloucester Street must be reminded there were also no electric street lights, air conditioned buildings or any other modern conveniences, plus, probably no trees lined the street due to the constant need for firewood.
Clergy sex abuse
Report directly to police any suspected sex abuse. The pope's direction this week to go slow lacks transparency on accused priests and leaders. Facts: from 2003 to the present, more than 20,000 church sex abuse victims and estimated up to 8 percent of all priests were involved and more than $4 billion in legal fees and payoffs. Safe practice: never leave a minor alone with a priest, even during confession. This has to be stopped — speak up.
Looking for …
Can anyone give me the contact information for a local man named Mike who digitally restores old photos? I have lost his contact information. Please call or text 757-869-4378. Thank you.
I have used table candles of various sizes and colors. Does anyone have a use for the candles?
Thank you for the commentary in VG explaining the circumstances of maternal health and the poignant choices sometimes forced upon pregnant women. We appreciate the calm, plain clarification provided and the description of those in our commonwealth trying to mislead and further create even more anguish for women finding themselves and their babies in dangerous circumstances. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every woman would be allowed privacy in consulting with her medical provider and the plain and clear right to make the best decision for her family? The effrontery of anyone thinking they have any business inserting themselves into such a decision is horrific. And, of course, we do question how many so concerned for unborn babies make any effort to care for all those born alive but with special needs or impoverished parents.
Who would have thought our own curmudgeon would say what needs to said? And say it plainly, clearly and concisely. You go, Mr. C! Sorry it took this sorry state of our beleaguered country to pull you back to the keyboard.
I find it somewhat laughable that the huge majority of the loudest protesters against development and "urban sprawl" moved into this area from somewhere else. It's as though they're saying, "Quick, close the gates after I get in, no one else allowed.”
Congratulations to Williamsburg Landing for being selected as “2018 Arbor Day Award of Excellence, for making a difference in the quality of the environment with landscaping, year around maintenance, planting and preservation of trees.” Having enjoyed the outstanding beauty of the Landing’s grounds since arriving in Williamsburg in 1996, we sincerely agree and applaud their so-deserved recognition. Landscape manager Bruce Milne is so knowledgeable and conscientious, and he obviously trains and works hard with his team. Thank you all for making a big part of Williamsburg as beautiful as it is.
Kudos to Dorothy Raskin, a retired music teacher from Northern Virginia, for spearheading Shakespeare appreciation in Williamsburg. With the demise of the Shakespeare Festival and the loss of Phi Beta Kappa Hall as a performing venue, Raskin almost single handedly is backing the production of a short scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” We hope to do Act V's play within a play “Pryamus & Thisbe” with volunteer puppeteers, live actors, musicians and dancers. Shakespeare Alive will perform the 2nd Sunday afternoons from June-December 2019. In addition, the group hopes to entertain in schools and senior residences. Raskin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-946-0692, is currently seeking actors, puppeteers, musicians and dancers for Shakespeare Alive.
Please refrain from leaving any dog or cat outside unsupervised. There is a group of young men coming from outside the area to kidnap animals for a pet-fighting ring. If you see anyone trolling around a yard, looking in a backyard, please call the police immediately. Get their license plate if you can.
In response to the person disagreeing about free college: The cost of college has increased by 213 percent since the ’80s (according to CNBC, accounting for inflation). So you can't really use "people from the ’60s" as an argument. They didn't pay what we're paying. You also realize you can go to college anytime you want, not just at 18, right? People who didn't go in the ’60s can make use of free college, too. And there aren't 18 million "seats" — many college students are enrolled online. The "seats" are for freshman students who have to live on campus. I graduated with an engineering degree two years ago and I'm here to tell you, free college is a necessity. And this is coming from a guy with a "marketable" major. A bachelor's degree (or equivalent trade education) now is at the same level of necessity for a job that a high school diploma was in the ’60s. So shouldn't at least undergrad be free just like high school is?
Just putting on your turn signal does not give you the right to cut people off. And I will continue to slam on my horn. Thank you.
At the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center, pretty close to Taco Bell, for gosh sakes, would you please repair the foot-and-a-half-deep pothole? Try running across it without knowing it’s there, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Thank you.
To the person who wrote that using their turn indicator was not asking permission to change lanes, but rather “warning” other drivers “of my intentions”: Of course, a turn indicator is signaling your intentions. But to actually make the lane change safely requires cooperation by both drivers.
The Jersey barrier, also called a New Jersey wall, was developed in the 1950s at the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, under the direction of the New Jersey State Highway Department to divide multiple lanes on a highway. They are designed to redirect a crash’s force, using the car's momentum to absorb the impact and slide the vehicle up parallel along the side of the barrier to prevent a rollover.
To the commenter referring to the “free” health care in Great Britain: Have you ever been there and actually spoken to someone about their health care system and what they think about it? I have, all complaints, as their queue for surgery is long and the quality is not nearly up to the standards of our country. These same complaints can be heard from the citizens of Canada. Bottom line, “free” services are never as good as the ones you chose to pay for.
I want to thank Dr. Voles and his surgical crew and nurses at Sentara Hospital for the wonderful service they provided me recently. They were very nice and I appreciate their assistance.
Someone is calling me from my own number, 18 calls so far and still continuing — all day today, including just a minute ago. I didn't answer because I didn't want to talk to myself. (Yes, of course, I know it's a spam/spoofing call.) The message says to press one to talk to a technician on my answering machine. Hopefully, they will get tired of calling because I’m not going to report my own number to the no call list. I just called both my phone company and they told me to call the FCC. Both the phone company and the FCC say they can't do anything about these calls. Even when they can trace them, the callers change their numbers they call from. They said it's coming from a computer, probably not even from the U.S. They said whatever I do, don't answer it and it will stop, eventually.
Robert Mueller’s investigation has cost just over $25 million in the first 16 months of its investigation; couldn’t all this money have been better used? There should be a penalty if, in fact, nothing comes out of this and the cost billed to Democrats in Congress. If this were a civil suit, it would have been thrown out as frivolous.
I want to recommend the Jamestown Pie Company on Route 60, near Monticello Avenue. We ate there recently. The food was delicious, the decor was charming and they could not have been more attentive, and I just thought it was a great place to eat. Thank you
Be careful of what you wish for, as Democratic socialism will be the end of the middle class in our country. The cost of the services that Democratic socialism is to provide free to the lower classes will be borne by the middle class through higher taxes. The rich will be able to absorb the higher taxes, but the middle class will be forced into the lower classes. With capitalism, the choice of paying for the services you want is yours. Do you really want government to tell you what your needs are?
I have six words for all those wanting Democratic socialism as their form of government: “When are you leaving our country?” It would be a win for U.S. citizens, as I’m sure these other countries would welcome you with open arms and there would be less votes for Democrats in ours.
The writers who extol the virtues of Scandinavian "socialism" overlook one crucial point. That is, the total population of all of these countries is about the same as the population of the state of Texas. Not to mention the fact that these countries have fairly homogeneous populations and value systems. Comparing the United States to these countries is apples to oranges.