It appears the federal court’s decision to interfere with the power lines and towers that are already completed is like locking the barn door after the horse is gone. It appears to me that Dominion Power ought to just continue on with business with the lines and the towers, because the judge made no ruling on that, and they were under a proper order when they were completed.
Thank you, Judge Tatel, in the appeals court, “Power project’s permit pulled.” It should have been pulled. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a very good organization, asked the Army Corps of Engineers to do a study and they wouldn’t and Dominion wouldn’t. And their answer is that “we took every precaution.” My personal opinion is exactly that of the judge, when he said the Corps of Engineers did not study. And it was arbitrary, it was capricious, it was an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with the law. I was furious when I saw those towers. So, the fight’s not over. Who cares what they do if they have to pull those towers down. We’ll see how this goes.
Now that the “not in my back yarders” have gotten their wish and found a judge to stop the Dominion electric power project across the James, maybe the power company should just say, “to hell with it. We’re not going to finish it” and wait until the same not in my back yarders start screaming because their air conditioners are turned off in the summertime, when electric demands are excessive.
Looking for …
Does the Salvation Army still have the Women in Transition program? If yes, do they need women’s dress clothes and accessories? Thank you.
If you attended JFK High School and lost a 1971 class ring, call 757-229-8860 to identify. Please call after 11 a.m.
Found years of old magazines that’s we’d prefer not to throw in recycling if someone can use them: Gourmet – 1983-2004; Smithsonian – 1990-2008; National Geographic –1990-2008; Food & Wine – 1991-2000. Also have a bag full of corks if anyone would like those. Contact email@example.com for details (list of specific issues), questions, or to arrange exchange. Don’t delay – one way or the other these are leaving our house one month from now.
Where in the James City County area do I take old TVs that don't work?
Where is there a good restaurant in the area for a nice, quiet ladies’ lunch? We have been to many restaurants in the area and they are all too noisy. So we quit going out to eat. We would really like a nice place where we can talk to our table companions. Thanks.
Great idea, sort of
The idea of a Wawa coming to this area is a great idea. However, the proposed location is not. The intersection of Lightfoot and Richmond Road is already a traffic nightmare because of the entrance located off Lightfoot Road that creates a traffic problem. So, please rethink the location. Editor’s note: Planning Commission voted against allowing a Wawa at this location; it goes to the Board of Supervisors at its March 12 meeting.
In reference to the Oakland Pointe affordable housing project, I am actually a citizen in neighboring New Kent County, close to the James City line. I also want to give kudos to Supervisor Sue Sadler for voting against this, and I very much think it is not needed for our area and this is not the right place for it. I don’t understand how the supervisors could vote this through. We do not need any more traffic in the Toano area. I am very concerned.
Just like home
Great news. I’ve lived in Williamsburg for 25 years and I had the opportunity to go to the post office on Monticello Avenue yesterday. As I drove around and through and in the potholes, I felt like I was back on the belt parkway in Queens, New York. Made me feel at home again. Please fix them.
Earth Day is right around the corner, April 22. What will you and your family do to help the environment? Here is my list: Turn off water when brushing teeth. Take a bath using cold water. Turn down the hot water heater. Wash laundry in cold water. Turn off lights when you are not around. Use comics for wrapping paper. Plant a tree. Car pool. Repurpose things. Eat local foods. Bike instead of using the car. Turn down heat — wear gloves. Use paper plates and paper cups. Use an electric lawnmower rather than a gas one. Remember: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Not OK to close
I think I read some place that the Colonial Williamsburg Post Office is closing. I don’t think that’s smart. Thank you.
I recommend that our local restaurants declare one weekday or one mid-week evening as a Resident Night Out (RNO) with a special or discount. It could be breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just show your driver’s license.
My fellow Democratic socialists: If you remember, Social Security was a form of savings system between the United States and its hard-working people, as well as a requirement for military. I’m 86 and have been working since I was 16, paid into the system, and I’m still working and I’m still paying into the system. Suggest you read.
To the person suggesting those who fear Democratic socialism are hypocrites if they don't tear up their Social Security and Medicare cards and not take their benefits: Do you realize that money belongs to the people that have been forced, by law, to pay into these socialist programs? Their money was confiscated by the government and put into programs and has lost value. A dollar put into these programs back when they started is actually worth less today, considering the accrued deficits of these programs. Conversely, the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the 1960s was about 800 compared to today at 25,000—a 3,100 percent increase. If the confiscated money had been invested in the market rather than mismanaged by the government, we wouldn't have the deficit we have today. Capitalism works; socialism doesn't.
To the commenter on Saturday: One thing comes to mind. You have never had a paying job and therefore never paid a dime to Social Security or Medicare taxes. It took me the weekend, but I was able to review the past 50 years of tax records, and just as I remember, I paid into Medicare and Social Security every single payday. Now that we are retired, we are still paying in every month via Social Security deductions. Are you suggesting that I should not collect but continue to pay into the system? I’ll be more than happy to stop receiving Social Security payments and tear up my Medicare card as soon as the government refunds the last 50 years of payroll deductions.
Don't hide behind trades. Trades are post secondary education that must be fostered, but that doesn't relate to the necessity of free college. Yes, 44 percent of college grads are working jobs that don't require it. And yet in competing for those jobs, college grads look better than high school grads. The sad reality that you don't want to face is that a bachelor’s degree is as useless as a diploma now and yet just as required. And no, lowering admissions won't lower tuition; it'll raise it. That's basic economics. And my taxes go to plenty of stuff I don't want them to — the least you can do is funnel your taxes into something constructive. It's your moral obligation as a citizen.
A new license
To the person saying they did not need many documents to renew their license last year: You probably renewed prior to October 2018. Starting Oct. 1, the new “Real ID” was available. A Real ID will be required to fly on domestic flights beginning in 2020. Your identity has to be proven and if a name change occurred, proof of the change has to be proven, too.
Bold new look
If anyone is interested in the direction Williamsburg is going — away from its tradition and colonial heritage — here is the web address for an article and two photos of the new arts complex for the College of William and Mary: bit.ly/2NK3EfK. This very modern idea will not support the unique and warm feeling that only Williamsburg has to offer, or maybe had to offer.
I don’t think it’s smart to move Dollar General because it’s in a convenient location where it is. You know, your Food Lion, you can see the Subway. There’s a lot of different things to do. Thank you.
Cutting the cord
Cox continues to raise our rates every year, so we finally decided to cut the cable. Get an Ooma phone if you want to keep your landline. Get a Firestick for your TV. You don’t need to play Cox’s game of calling every year when the rate increases and negotiating your rate. It will be interesting when James City’s (and Williamsburg’s) franchise revenue decreases due to cable cutting.
I just saw on TV news where another man is saying he’s going to run for president in 2020, and I just pray and hope that we get a man in there that’s got some sense. A man that won’t be above the law. A man that won’t be a racist. A man that won’t be a cheat and a conman, like the man said on TV the other day, but a man with some common sense, some common decency about himself. Thank you.
Waze app is amazing. It's an interactive app owned by Google Maps. I recently downloaded it and it shows my speed if it's over or under the limit by turning red if it goes a mile over the speed limit, alerts me to vehicles that are pulled over to the side of the road, even alerted me to miss a pothole ahead (which I usually hit because I forget it's still there.) Love that app. It also shows other Waze drivers in the area. It's free and so informative. I love it.
Canadian health care is a very narrow scope of services covered by the 15 different provincial insurance plans. The “comprehensiveness” of the province plans applies only to physician and hospital services. Urgent and emergent problems like strokes, heart attacks and cancer care truly are treated with timely world class health care. Other less urgent services such as hip or knee or shoulder replacements can have patients waiting months if not years for treatment. Important services such as dental care, vision, out-of-hospital pharmaceuticals, long-term care, physiotherapy, some homecare services and many other services have coverage only through a mixture of private and public insurance and out-of-pocket payments. Canadians still pay for approximately 30 percent of their health care directly or through private insurance.
Thank you for the delightful Valentine and St. Patrick tree decorations on Jamestown Road. They are so fun.
I am a patient of Riverside Williamsburg Family Medicine. Last week I needed a procedure before visiting my audiologist. Jesus Tapia, CMA, went above and beyond expectations in dealing with my ear problem. He spent an inordinate amount of time, with extraordinary patience and attention to detail, in dealing with my medical situation. The practice is fortunate to have this young man associated with their staff. The best I have encountered.
Up in Washington
I believe the failures on immigration are with Congress, not the president. The president sent his immigration plan to Congress within 60 days of the inauguration. Three of the Trump executive orders dealt specifically with immigration, the new USMCA (the NAFTA replacement) addresses illegal immigration, federal troops were deployed to the border to address the issues of the caravans and Trump issued temporary travel suspensions for several countries. Did you forget the government shutdown over immigration and the declaration of a national emergency? Reference the new tax bill -- I pay less in federal taxes and my tax return doubled over last year — I am a happy camper.
To all those complaining about President Trump not being successful in this last meeting with North Korea: Can you please state what exactly did Obama accomplish with the Korean threat in his eight years in office? At least President Trump is trying hard to lessen the threat. Successful negations take time, unlike the Iran nuclear deal which was a one-sided win for Iran.
I think the president spending three days and flying 8,000 miles to negotiate with the leader of North Korea with the objective to bring stability to the Korean Peninsula was worthwhile. No rational person expected this to be accomplished in two meetings. Under Obama policies of appeasement, North Korea was able to build its nuclear arsenal, develop missile delivery systems and build submarines capable of carrying these missiles. I am willing to let President Trump continue with his diplomatic efforts to take nukes out of the Korean Peninsula, no matter how many trips it takes. The alternative presented by Obama during his administration was a dismal failure and made the world a much more dangerous place.
According to the N.Y. Board of Elections, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez won her seat with a voter turnout of 11.8 percent in her district. She won with a little more than 100,000 votes. She is attempting to alter the lives of 325 million Americans with her Green New Deal and other extremely liberal ideas. Why is she highlighted by the press every day?