Last Word on Tony Shaver, March 16

Thanks, Coach Shaver

Thank you Tony Shaver for 16 years of great basketball at the College of William and Mary. During those 16 years, we've seen some really exciting games. As far as we are concerned, he is a class act. It's too bad the current administration stresses winning rather than academics.

To Coach Shaver: Just a word of thank you for all the joy and excitement you brought to Kaplan Arena, and to the fans of William and Mary men’s basketball. Thank You for “Lunch with Tony Shaver” — they were always informing and cozy and were packed. That is a testament to how well you were liked. Thank you for building a strong basketball program and recruiting upstanding student athletes and bringing them to the college. Good luck to you in whatever the future holds. It was always a pleasure meeting and talking with you at the lunches.

So, William and Mary fired basketball coach Tony Shaver. Having never won a conference championship, and thus W&M remains without an invitation to the NCAA tournament, the firing seems a reasonable move. It’s also a “safe” move, since next year’s team should be one of W&M’s better ones. With returning core seniors, a 7-foot center now eligible and several freshmen who gained considerable experience through an unusual amount of playing time, the new coach should have an excellent inaugural season, thus giving affirmation to the wisdom of the firing. The real test for the new coach will be how well that they can bring in adequate recruits for the subsequent years. Let’s wish the best of luck to our local team!

Military housing

Military families with housing problems who have been complaining about sickening mold and other hazards hope to convince Congress to enact sweeping reforms. Families reported illnesses related to black mold, maggots falling from a ceiling fan and an appliance that sparked fires. A woman reported a snake infestation and had to sop up sewage in her apartment. Water has leaked into light fixtures and smoke detectors. Congress owes military families better treatment than what has been reported. Military contractors responsible for this need to be held accountable.

Looking for …

I lost something of great sentimental value recently in Williamsburg. It is a engraved silver ID bracelet from my wife, who gave it to me for our first anniversary years ago. I would be very grateful if someone has found it. Thanks so much. Please call 757-532-2658.

I am looking for a painter who restores old paintings. Please call 757-784-7131.

Does anybody know where to get quartz elements for a Holmes heater imported by Sunbeam? The model number is HQH307. I’ve tried locally. Is there any other way to obtain quartz heater elements? I would much appreciate it. Please leave a message in the Last Word and I will call you. Thank you.

Is there a blacksmith in the local area? Looking to find one.

I have a 10-year-old mobile home that is collecting water in parts of the underbelly and is showing water damage in some of my walls near the floor. I have already had the roof and plumbing checked out. I need the windows and siding checked out next. Anyone who could help me solve this mystery, please email halley-bear@hotmail.com. Thanks.

Does anyone know the name of the trees on Route 199 and also on Interstate 64 going east that are so pretty now?

Can anyone recommend a cleaning service that will do heavy cleaning every six months? Polish kitchen cabinets, move furniture, vacuum, dust moldings, clean tile. Please email me at loret1@cox.net.

I have a pair of used eyeglasses I would like to donate. Who takes them?

For a beautiful, top-quality upholstering job, you could find no better craftsman than Michael Waggener (M. Waggener & Son Upholstery) in Williamsburg. He made our leather wing chair look better than it did when it was new, and he does work for Colonial Williamsburg. Phone: 757-229-2461.

Need excellent paperhanger for immediate project. Competitive rates. Private residence. References required. 757-870-9083.

What happened to the CHKD Thrift Store? Have they closed or moved to a new location?

Merle Norman Boutique & Bags in Monticello Marketplace is a local donation drop off location for prom dresses and accessories to be used for the upcoming event sponsored by the Christian Outreach Center. Please drop off items by March 23. Call 220-0053 for information.

Can anyone give a reference for a skilled wallpaper hanger? Need someone ASAP.

Affordable housing

How did the previous writer determine that workers were underpaid? Wages are determined by the skill sets you bring to the table and the amount your labor contributes to the bottom line. Always found the term "affordable" housing a bit of an oxymoron: a person making minimum wage would probably find your "affordable" housing out of reach.

Time to stand down

Police officers in a suburb of Denver with guns drawn confronted a black man who was picking up trash in the common area behind the condo he lived in — he was "wielding a blunt object," which turned out to be a trash picker. Lucky for him, cooler heads prevailed and he wasn't killed. There needs to be a stand down by all police officers in this country until they are taught some common sense in confronting people of color. Maybe if the man had been wearing a "Bob the Builder" yellow vest, the officers might have seen that he was working in the alley.

Promoting Williamsburg

Is anything being done to promote Williamsburg hotels and restaurants to the thousands of potential visitors that will begin coming to the area starting in April to visit Colonial Downs? Since New Kent has no hotels, let’s snag them before Richmond does. I know we are eagerly awaiting the opening of the gaming facility and will be there on opening day. Thank you.

Colonial Williamsburg

I've been watching the slow downward spiral of CW and have to ask, do they not see the issue is one of corporate bloat and greed? They continue to gut customer-facing positions like interpreters and entertainers, they are outsourcing more of the operations that made them the CW that people know and love. What they are cutting is the CW experience when they should be cutting middle- and upper-management positions and salaries. It seems you can't sling a dead chicken in this town without hitting a CW vice president. The CW head is paid an extraordinary wage plus bonuses, even when they aren't doing well. Colonial Williamsburg needs to focus more resources on the customer experience and increase the number of people interacting with tourists and residents — tourists come for more interaction with the 18th century. Sure, CW needs to also embrace apps and SEO and advertising, but at the end of the day, it's the ambiance served up by interpreters and customer service reps and goodwill ambassadors mixed with the beautiful township that makes our CW great.

How is it that we can get Duke of Gloucester Street repaved, not in the period style, but CW won’t put manure catchers behind horses? Do they really think visitors appreciate the authenticity of having to dodge road apples? Many visitors are pushing wheelchairs or strollers and trying to hold onto children as they work their way through town. The sidewalks make for a bumpy ride and an ankle- twisting walk. The obstacle course of manure piles, accompanied by the flies and stench, is a big turnoff to the enjoyment of a historical visit. Please put manure catchers behind horses, or at least have more street cleaners with wheelbarrows, shovels and brooms. We are all glad that dog owners are required to clean up after their pets.

Road worries

What is the purpose of the red wall that is going up near I-64 east near the exit that goes to the golf course?

If the new Wawa is not more competitive, price wise, for gasoline, I doubt it will do much more business than the Exxon. You can drive down the road a mile or so on your way to a store and get gas 5-, 10-, 15-cents a gallon cheaper. Thank you.

Scam calls

We just received a phone call on our land line. Caller ID indicated it was one of our neighbors. However, it was a company or someone wanting to sell us a security system. How can this happen?

Local movies

The movies that come to our local theaters are those that can actually turn a buck. The huge drop in viewership of the Academy Awards is a reflection of Americans choosing not to be lectured by pretentious, out-of-touch with reality liberals using the forum as a platform for their insane politics. Enough about the Kimball Theater — it closed because it could not generate enough income to be profitable. Locals made a decision to spend their entertainment dollars elsewhere. Nothing has changed.

Time to tidy up

Since we’re going to get a new Wawa gas station at Lightfoot and Richmond Road, is there anybody that’s going to be cleaning up that mess that’s along the Lightfoot Road between the old Mooretown Road and Richmond Road on the north side? The debris is starting to come out into the street.

Elder abuse

Elder abuse is rampant today. Some people hurt the elderly physically because they are not able to fight back. Some people abuse them mentally because they are not able to care for themselves. Some people steal their finances because they have to trust someone to manage their money. These people who abuse the elderly act like there is no Judgement Day.

Free college

Obviously it’s been more than a few years since a commenter took any courses in economics. There is certainly no moral imperative to ensure everyone has a college diploma adorning their wall. Monies you propose wasting on providing free college would be better invested in our Social Security and Medicare programs. Both programs are in severe financial jeopardy, with projections that Social Security will have exhausted its asset reserves by 2034 and Medicare by 2024. The end result, without drastic action by Congress, will be cuts in benefits, increased taxes for both programs and additionally increased premiums for Medicare. Students can work their way through college just as millions of us have done.

Before we all start paying for others’ college education, it would make sense to determine why costs have risen so rapidly. Has anyone recently looked at professors’ pay and substantial benefits packages? I believe you would be shocked. I’m also confident that other costs are out of line with the way businesses are run.

Helicopter pilot

As a former decorated Army officer, helicopter pilot Henry Schwarz, who crashed into Bristol Commons, did not display any integrity in his lies and dealings with the FAA concerning his medical conditions. And he has the nerve to state he was a decorated former officer with 29 medals when he wrote his last letter to the FAA.

Environmental impact

I think some of the readers misunderstand the issue of Dominion's power lines over the James River. The Army Corp of Engineers did not follow the law when they granted a construction permit before an environmental impact statement. They were told this should be done innumerable times and were even presented a study by an MIT professor showing several viable alternatives which wouldn't require towers. Shame on the Army Corp., Dominion and the politicians for putting their "plans" above our beautiful/historic river.

Tax refunds

While it’s true that the increasing deficit is going to be a problem in the future, the refund money we get back now pays for many things, including for our children’s necessities.

Right to vote

I just received Congressman Wittman's e-newsletter re: H.R. 1. He referred to it as "The Democrat Politician Protection Act” — the actual summary name given is "a bill to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes." He points out three ridiculous concerns in a bill of 444 pages made up of 200 Sections and too many subtitles to count. No bill is perfect, but ensuring that the maximum number of legal voters can be registered in the most timely, efficient and secure manner is a fundamental right of each of us. It is a shame that such a small number of eligible voters vote each election, but let's give everyone a fair shake at the opportunity to do so.

Not that old

The climate hasn’t been changing “for more than 90 billion years.” The Earth is about 13.8 billion years old. It will require a great deal of innovation to reduce the effect of 2 degrees Farenheit more heat and several feet of sea level rise.

Memorable words

In response to Andrew Smith’s March 9 diatribe against capitalism, the following quote, attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, seems appropriate: “Envy is like the housefly. It passes over the healthy parts of the body and lights only upon the sores.”

College admission

While I agree the recent discovery of the college admissions scandal is wrong, how is Affirmative Action any different? Another injustice is scholarships based on one’s ability to play a sport; is that fair to those who aren’t athletic? College admission should be based on one thing and that is test scores. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said it perfectly: “Affirmative Action demeans my accomplishments, as I got into law school by my grades, and not by the color of my skin.”

Concerning the ERA

Thank you, Linda Hansell, for your strong common sense explanation on behalf of the ERA (March 9 letter to editor.) It’s such a shame that the Virginia House of Delegates chooses to remain in the Dark Ages, or at least keeps Virginians in the backwaters of human interactions, without concern for half the population -- the half that really sees to the health and vitality of Virginia’s children. And that represents the future of the commonwealth. Keep writing, Mrs. Hansell.

2020 debates

The Democratic National Committee has announced that Fox News will be banned from participating in the 2020 Democratic Party Primary and general election debates. We wonder why the DNC is excluding the largest TV viewing audience?

Family size

I work in the area of social services that provides support to families and children. While I respect all religions’ beliefs, values and rights regarding the right to life, please help me understand how we are to make sense of folks who choose to procreate indiscriminately. I encounter clients who have 10, 11 and more children with no means of supporting them. They have no family structure, no income, no home and in many cases, no mental or psychological stability. Is this right to life or is this diversity of lifestyle?

Medicare for all

To the person who would forgo Social Security and Medicare when the government refunds his contributions with interest: Be careful what you ask for. You will receive back many multiples of your contributions even if you collect benefits for only a short time, much less a lifetime. That’s a big part of the problem. Also, people need to understand that we have a progressive tax structure. A 70 percent tax rate on incomes greater than $10 million does not mean that one would pay $7.5 million in taxes. The 70 percent rate applies only to the portion of income that is more than $10 million.

Cars vs. guns

In response to another writer’s question: In 2018, 33,692 were killed as a result of a firearm; of this total, 63 percent were suicides and 28 percent were homicides. In 2018, there were 37,133 fatal vehicle accidents. A study conducted in 2016 found that 43% of drivers tested in fatal crashes were impaired by drugs and 37 percent by alcohol. 2016 was the first year those impaired by drugs exceeded those impaired by alcohol. Sadly, in 2016 there were slightly over 1,000,000 people arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Though vehicle fatalities have dropped over the past four years, it appears to be more a factor of luck than responsible drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,874 deaths caused by drunk drivers in 2017. During that same time, the gun-related deaths in the United States reached a 40-year peak, with nearly 40,000 people killed.

Immigration

There are two ways to conquer a nation: One is to send an army to break things and kill people; the other way is to send in so many immigrants that the original population is overwhelmed and the nation is no longer recognizable. There are two reasons for members of Congress to favor open borders: One is to increase the number of voters for their party; the other reason is to please their globalist donors who want a supply of cheap labor. Neither reason reflects favorably on members of Congress.

Thank you

On Saturday, March 9, I was at the Kohl’s at Marquis Center and I lost my money. I called the store and someone had turned it in. And when I got there, the cashier who had waited on me was very generous and apologetic, but it was my mistake. I’m so thankful for the person who turned that in. Thank you. You are truly blessed.

Thanks to the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus for a wonderful St. Patrick's party at St. Bede's Kaplan Hall last Sunday. Great food, beverages and entertainment.

We want to share with you the outstanding service we experience from our mailman, Rodney. The consummate professional, he exceeds expectations. Knowing we were expecting mail that required a signature, he flagged us down so that we would receive it. Rodney’s thoughtfulness and cheerful manner is most appreciated and a tremendous asset to our USPS.

A big drug bust

Kudos to our Customs and Border Protection whose agents have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine recovered at the ports of New York and New Jersey in 25 years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 3,200 pounds of the drug in 60 packages were seized at Port New York/Newark on Feb. 28 with a street value of about $77 million. We need to support our agents in keeping these drugs out of our country.

Cohen testimony

It’s a sad day when the public believes a convicted liar like Cohen more than they believe a proven daily liar like the president. I find it very discouraging that 40 percent of Americans still believe a man who has lied to or mislead the public thousands of times in two-plus years. I thought the American bird was the eagle, not the ostrich.

Seriously, hasn’t anyone one heard the phrase, “Once a liar, always a liar”? Cohen lied to Congress, knowing full well that it could land him in jail, so what’s the difference to lying to the Oversight Committee? Michael Cohen has proven to be a pathological liar. Nobody should believe anything he has to say.

Recommended

I would like to recommend Duct Hunters to all. I had them out to check my air ducts and they found that they did not need cleaning. They did clean my dryer vent and informed me that the dryer duct coming out of the roof as opposed to the side of the house is dangerous as well as a fire hazard. A serious flaw in the construction of my home which was overlooked by the home inspection company. They are a wonderful, honest company that I highly recommend.

I just want to let people know that Auto Haus on 2nd Street is a great place to have your car serviced, even if it isn’t a foreign car. I have had my Ford truck worked on there, inspected there and they are very honest and do great work!

I was pleased by the Catering Company in Williamsburg for their in-depth execution of our recent conference. The conference chair had some odd requirements, which the caterer worked into the meeting. I express my thanks and highly recommend them for any social event you may be considering. Visit williamsburgoccasions.com to learn more.

Up in Washington

So Mitch McConnell states that the House bill on election changes is a power grab by the Democrats. It seems that not too long ago the Democrats were complaining about the power of the Republicans. It is all about power, not the people of the United States. I do not know which of the two I should send to Washington to fix those clowns: Dr. Phil or local kindergarten teachers.

Russia, if you are listening, I hope that you are able to find Donald Trump’s missing educational transcripts and SAT scores. I think that you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

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