With so many folks in Williamsburg needing affordable housing, it seems like the now-closed Governor’s Inn, owned by Colonial Williamsburg, might provide an option, similar to what Doug Pons did with his hotel across town.
I saw where CW is closing the Governor's Inn. It would be great if they turned it into rental property for many of their lower-wage, part-time employees. I volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide, a church financial ministry and the local Community of Faith homeless organization. Many of our clients are the same folks you see working in Williamsburg and the surrounding area. The lucky ones have subsidized housing near their jobs. Others commute by car or bus, many live in motels and the desperate few are homeless. I understand the reluctance to have low-income housing nearby, as well as additional traffic and school concerns. But surely we can work together to develop innovative ways to extend a helping hand to our neighbors. The county's rezoning approval for Oakland Pointe is a good first step in that direction.
To the person who said the apartments at Oakland Pointe are simply unnecessary because Ryan Homes is building 600 homes up the road at Stonehouse Glen: You are just not in the real world, because the price for the homes is from the low $300,000 to the high $500,000. That is not affordable housing. Also, people would have to have money for closing costs and deposits, and have to qualify for a loan in the first place. The affordable apartments clearly are needed. You might not need them, but our hard working yet underpaid workers need them, and they need them to be where there is ready transportation, not further out of town.
Where did civility go?
I like to believe that we live in an area that fosters civility and enlightened debate, but I seem to see more and more letters that foster doubt in my mind. Commenters who imply there are those who are fine watching others die for lack of health insurance or who say “if liberals didn’t have a double standard, they’d have no standard at all” leave no room for discussion or debate. If your goal is to simply make an insulting comment and walk away, then I don’t see how you are possibly contributing to a solution to the problems the country faces. Finding that middle ground and that solution should be a goal we all desire. We’re all in this together whether you like it or not.
I have towers behind my home in Grove. I am very happy knowing I have electricity. If Kingsmill doesn’t like the towers, take that portion of the towers down and see how they like that. Thank you.
From the latest Virginia Gazette news report, Merchants Square will be blessed with new excitement for local residents and visiting tourists. A variety of new merchants will be occupying vacant stories. The additions will add a boost to the historic area.
A York County deputy discharges a weapon, a James City County deputy shoots a window off along Rochambeau a year or so back. Hmm. These are the people that are protecting us who are supposedly so well trained. Now, if a citizen had done that, they’d be charged with reckless handling of a firearm, but if the police do it, they just call it an accident. Interesting.
Looking for …
Is there anyone in our area who teaches cookie decorating?
Does anyone know of a shredding event happening in the near future?
I would also like information on the person who can evaluate a stamp collection for me. Please send to Last Word.
I’m looking for Barbara, the previous owner of Shear Magic. Is she still doing hair? Please call me at 757-345-6654. Thank you.
Does any know if Home Theater Concepts and Fernando Hevia at Everything Audiovisual are still in business? Fernando installed our home theater and I have left several messages on voicemail, without a call back. He did a fine job for us and we need some additional work done.
Mind the line
I’m thankful for a great car line at our middle school. Drivers have often let me in and will also move out of the way if needed. The directors are very good and out in all kinds of weather. The principal and vice principal are often out watching over things. There has only been one driver to skip ahead that I've noticed. If it is a continual problem, I am confident I could tell the administration and they would address it. Good luck with your car line! I hope it gets better. We all have precious cargo.
CWF PR gobbledygook: "Colonial Williamsburg no longer considers the hotel a strategic asset related to its core educational mission and is evaluating its options for the property." Translation: The inn was losing money so we needed to dump it.
I’m glad the person who had to use National Health in England was happy with it. It is great for anyone with an emergency. Otherwise, people wait months to be seen by a specialist and surgery can take up to a year. I recently had to use the ER there and was told I wouldn’t get charged anything. I had grown up there, which didn’t matter, and was sent a bill for more than $300.
In response to the subject of border wall emergency, there are two words (in my opinion) that answer the question of why the funding for a border wall did not happen during the two years the Republicans were in the majority of the House of Representatives: Paul Ryan. Mr. Ryan was/is a traitor and obstructionist to the Republican Party.
When we went to Biltmore Estate and stayed in the lovely Village Hotel for three nights, we spent $975 on the room and meal package, and $106 on room taxes. About $40.75 in state sales tax, $40.14 in occupancy tax and $21.38 in county sales tax. Why are people complaining about the room taxes here?
The only thing the judge in Virginia didn't do for Paul Manafort Thursday afternoon was to send him flowers and invite him home for dinner with his wife.
You know, it’s really disheartening and it makes me so angry to continue reading about Oswaldo Martinez, who is accused of raping and killing a child. They don’t know if he’s legal or illegal now, but they are pretty sure he did rape and kill that young teenage girl. They should be more concerned about what they’re going to do to him and not his rights. This little girl doesn’t have any rights any more, she’s gone. Her family doesn’t have any rights. I drove by that same spot every day on the way to and from work for several years, and it’s really disheartening to see those flowers and the cross and everything else there. Somebody needs to take action, to do something. Somebody ought to interview some of the people that have been watching out for him for the past few years when he was in jail locally, when he was in Eastern State. I’m sure he’s been a model prisoner. I’ve heard some stuff from various different people that he was totally the opposite of that. I just want to put in my two cents. It just angers me every time I read an article about him in the paper. Thank you very much.
For the person looking for a nice, quiet restaurant to have a ladies’ lunch: Try the Center Street Grill in New Town. The food is great, it’s very quiet and you got a great waiter over there by the name of Matt Duffy. You might ask for him. The phone number’s 220-4600.
For a quiet lunch, I recommend the Mole Hole on Richmond Road. It’s delightful. It’s small, but you can make reservations and usually you can get in. Lovely china and crystal and just a delightful place. So please try it. It’s very quiet. Thank you.
Costs keep rising
I opened our new quarterly water bill today and I’m shocked. We cut our usage by more than 1,000 gallons per quarter over the same period from last year, and our bill still went up nearly $35 for the quarter. The HRSD fee has gone from $2.78 to $5.37, and water rates and fixed fees are now increased yet another double digit amount. The Tommy/Monty Tax, the transportation tax, real estate taxes, and water rate and sewage rate increases are costing our family more than $75 a month in more fees and taxes. When is it enough, JCC?
At the post office
Colonial Williamsburg closed the post office — its post office — on Duke of Gloucester Street. The United States Post Office in the city of Williamsburg is still open. People keep getting city of Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg mixed up. They’re two very different things. Thank you.
I see that some of the dollar businesses are moving. My favorite of all these businesses is the Dollar Tree, which I think is well run, always neat, always has a good supply of everything. And their items are very, very good and useful. I would love to see one coming to the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center on John Tyler Highway. That would put it smack dab in the middle of the one on the right side of my home and the other one on the left side of my home, and I would love it. Come to the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center. We’d love to have you! Thank you.
To the driver of the white SUV with the “Don’t Tread On Me” license plate who was trying to turn left off of Richmond Road on Wednesday: That lane down the middle with the arrows painted on it is the left turn lane. So if you pull into there when you try to turn left, you won’t be blocking the traffic behind you. Think about everybody else on the road when you drive, please.
We wish all cars automatically turned the headlights on when they start. Please consider using headlights at dusk, dawn, during rain or fog. Thank you.
VDOT has posted a sign at the Lightfoot Road notifying drivers that the grade crossing will be closed "4/8/19 for railroad crossing work." Either they are giving us a month's warning or someone doesn't know what month this is.
I can’t believe our useless politicians in Richmond didn’t pass the “hands free” law for use of cellphones while driving. When you attend driving school, one of the first things they teach you is to keep both hands on the steering wheel. Every time I see a car weaving in their lane, when I get next to that car the driver is on the phone. Virginia continues to be behind the times. We’re the only state that outlaws radar detectors, but allows using your hands to talk on the phone.
Free to you
Would you like to teach or learn how to sew or knit? If so, I have a number of books that I’d be happy to deliver to you. Just leave your interest in the Last Word. Thank you.
Free moving boxes: Dishware boxes, book boxes, portrait/mirror boxes and others. No wardrobe boxes. Boxes not broken down. Call 757-707-7775 to schedule pick up.
I am sad to say I heard The Rite Aid on Jamestown Road is closing at the end of this month and they are automatically transferring prescriptions to the Rite Aid on News Road. I also heard the employees say they aren't moving them to other locations because there are no local openings. How sad is that? The company is shutting them down and they have no where within the four other Rite Aids to place these great employees? Shame on them! I wish the great employees and the awesome pharmacists there all the best.
Schedule a swim
It would seem reasonable that the JCC Recreation Center could number the swim lanes at the pool and utilize a sign-up board for reserving a lane in the same way they do for stationary bikes, treadmills and racquetball courts. Sharing a lane is not an option for me, as I am tall and need the complete width of the lane to swim. Yesterday, after being asked three times to share a lane, I just cut my usual swim time in half and gave up the lane. A sign-up board would place a reasonable limit on one person's use of a lane when the pool is particularly busy and allow others to know when the next lane will be available.
All the talk of democratic socialism, yet no-one is advocating a Karl Marx-inspired government. We have seen the failures of these systems to produce quality goods and services. Many of us like Social Security, Medicare, fire departments and public schools and see them as a common good, but we don’t embrace public ownership of steel plants, etc. Are we democratic socialist, capitalist, or Americans wanting to look out for one another just a little?
The person who wrote, “Fellow seniors who are concerned about the evils of democratic socialism should consider not accepting Social Security and tearing up their Medicare cards” should be informed that I paid for Social Security for over 40 years and it is not a “free” handout. The government used my money for other programs and now Social Security is in trouble because of it. There are no free handouts and, yes, I am concerned about socialism and what it would do to our country. I’ve heard many comparisons made to countries like Sweden and Denmark, saying we should be socialistic like them. But apparently these people do not understand these two countries are very capitalistic (pro business) with very high taxes. I wish I could take them with me to some third world countries so they could appreciate what we have in America instead of wanting to tear it up.
Medicare for all, including Congress, including senators, including all government employees!
Once again, it needs to be explained that Social Security and Medicare aren’t free. You pay into them your whole working life; these aren’t entitlements. This isn’t nearly the same as expecting free medical care for all as Democratic socialism suggests we have. The bottom line is, who will pay for it? Those of us who have already paid into the system for our benefits should receive a refund.
So, I am a hypocrite if I don't stop accepting my Social Security check and tear up my Medicare card? Really? I will gladly do both just as soon as the government reimburses me the money, with interest, it has stolen from my paycheck over the years to fund these programs.
Now the rest of the story. True, 37 indictments were issued; however, only six involved former Trump advisors. The rest were foreign nationals or entities. The five guilty pleas from Trump advisors were for Cohen making false statements to Congress, Manafort and Gates for their finances and Ukrainian activities years before they had roles in the Trump campaign and Papadopoulos and Flynn for false statements to hide their contacts. No Trump associates or any other Americans have been charged with any crime related to helping Russia interfere with the 2016 election. There have been no indictments or charges against the Trump administration for obstruction of justice. The monies Manafort agreed to surrender totaled 26.2 million. The four prison sentences to date range from 14 days to Cohen's 3 years.
The difference is?
Could one of you Trump supporters please explain to me the difference between the evil dictator Maduro, who has wrecked his country's economy and enslaved his people, and the evil dictator Kim Jong-un, who has wrecked his country's economy and enslaved his people? Yet Maduro is reviled as a pariah, as well he should be, but Kim Jong-un is a great leader who Trump is in "love" with because he makes phony promises to disarm and writes beautiful cards and letters to Trump? Poetry must be powerful.
After cranking up the heat on this cold 27-degree morning, I lingered in my hot shower and thought about that poor soul taking a cold water bath with the lights off. OK, I promise to give the save-the-environment list another once over. But paper plates and cups? Turn down the heat and wear gloves? Never. However, I will watch out for you on your bike as I drive to run my errands.
After the last storm, we had several stumps we wanted removed and ground. I called several companies, which never returned my call. Ron Mansfield of Stony Creek returned my call and gave me an estimate the same day. Two days later the stumps were removed. I referred him to a neighbor with about seven stumps in her yard and after a free estimate, they were removed at a reasonable price. He does a great job. Call Stump B Gone, 508-729-1147.
Thank you to the owner of Red, Hot & Blue BBQ for treating my husband and myself to a complimentary dessert on a recent visit to his restaurant. They have great food, great prices and great service. If you haven’t been there to enjoy their food, give them a try.
I just saw on TV news where another woman is saying she’s going to run for president in 2020, and I just pray and hope that we get a woman in there who’s got some sense, a woman that won’t be above the law, a woman that won’t be racist, a woman that won’t be a cheat and a con woman like the woman on TV is — a woman with some common sense, common decency about herself. Thank you.
Several weeks ago, the Last Word had a comment about guns, that 40,000 people were killed in one year in the United States. How many people died by drunk drivers in the United States in the year 2017 or 2018? Thank you.
I want to let people know of a wonderful service that Walmart has. You can order your groceries online, and they let you know when they are ready to pick up. They ask you to call to let them know you are on your way to pick up your groceries. Then they bring them out and put them in your car. All free! And the people who do this are friendly and helpful. This is good especially for people who have trouble walking or some disability. I am so grateful for this service and recommend it highly.
Up in Washington
I saw the recent comment that, in so many words, said, "How dumb do the Democrats think we are. Nobody in Congress believes anything Michael Cohen says." Unfortunately, it is likely everything Cohen said was completely true. Cohen already has to serve three years in prison for lying to protect Trump. Even one lie in the hearing last Wednesday would have earned him more jail time. Every single thing Cohen said absolutely had to be true or else more jail time.
Kim Jong-un of North Korea is to be congratulated. He did something nobody in the U.S. has been able to do for almost 50 years: He got Trump to go to Vietnam. Better late than never.
I thought the two congressmen on the Oversight Committee, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, embarrassed themselves by never asking one single question about Trump and only discrediting Cohen. Here we had Trump's personal lawyer, who served as Trump's "fixer" for 10 years on the stand, willing to tell all. Cohen knows where all the bodies are buried and Republicans like Jordan and Meadows asked zero questions about Trump. Do the Republicans really want to know the truth?
Be careful! President Trump has quite a few excellent advisors around him who are briefing him on North Korea and China. Negotiations take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Kim thought Trump would crumble and comply, like other presidents except for Reagan; he wasn’t expecting Trump to walk out.
I find the commenter’s question recently about how dumb do Democrats think the public is to believe Michael Cohen to be rather ironic. The occupant of the Oval Office has proven that a very large section of the American public are, in fact, very dumb to believe the constant lying of a con man ... so yes, Democrats are dumb for believing Cohen. In what universe does that make any sense?
Everything Cohen said last Wednesday was true; any lie would have added more jail time. I will bet no Republicans asked one single question about Trump, as their effort is to not get to the truth on the matter.
Calling Democrats stupid for believing Michael Cohen while supporting Trump is the epitome of hypocrisy. Cohen needs to speed up his lying if he wants to catch up with Trump before he dies.
Thank you for the comments in the March 6 Gazette, giving the president the credit he deserves. He certainly isn’t getting it from the Democrats. They are still in shock that Trump is president, and they are in attack mode. He’s a businessman, and his methods are different but good. Thank you.