I read in the Gazette that the county is talking about wild, running dogs that are out of control. The county doesn’t have much control; doesn’t know what to do. But the county is also considering letting dogs run loose in several parks. What are they thinking? Somebody’s going to get hurt, and who’s going to be responsible? Is it going to be James City County? Or is it going to be who owns the dog? Guarantee the taxpayers are going to foot the bill for this one.
What a disappointing story in today’s Gazette. A week after conviction, the dogs are loose again. The fines and suspended sentences were not commensurate with the history. So the governor signs Norment’s bill, “that they hope will allow the General Assembly to begin to have a conversation about dangerous dogs.” I went to the trial. Very interesting, but little headway toward justice. Having a discussion in Richmond is bound to solve absolutely nothing.
I was stunned (and saddened) by the decision of the W&M Athletic Director to terminate Coach Shaver’s contract. Yes, we would all love to see William and Mary participate in the “big dance,” but a sense of dignity and fairness is more important. It was unfortunate that the Tribe lost the first game of the conference tournament, and maybe that gave impetus for this decision, but it should not have happened this year. The Tribe had an extremely tough pre-conference schedule, and the team was one of the youngest in the country. With only the departure of super wiz kid Paul Rowley and the eligibility of a 7-foot center transfer next year, the Tribe had the potential of having a terrific team (recruited by Coach Shaver) next year. Even if the AD were determined to go in a new direction, the proper decision would have been no decision until after next year. Besides being terribly unfair to Coach Shaver whose team was on the verge of greatness, the decision could result in player defections and damage the basketball program for years to come. Coach Shaver, thank you very much and you will be missed.
Firing Tony Shaver is beneath the dignity of my college. Those who perpetuated this ugliness know that the team Coach Shaver has crafted for next year Mr. Magoo could win with, making these two look like geniuses. But we'll all know better. There will be no more money from me while this outrageous behavior continues without apology or reinstatement.
Thank you, Coach Shaver! As season ticket holders and frequent attendees at your luncheons, we have been enthusiastic supporters of Tribe basketball for years. It has been a joy to watch these fine young men who are superb students and dedicated athletes compete on the court. I frequently wonder how they balance the rigorous demands of the William and Mary curriculum with the equally rigorous demands of Division I basketball. It is both a testament to their excellence and your mastery of recruiting the perfect young men for William and Mary. The up-tempo style of play has been such fun to watch. We are sad to see you go and wish you the very best for the future.
If you want to build an elite men’s basketball program, start with a new arena.
Our family is broken-hearted that the new athletic director has fired Coach Tony Shaver. We have seen him turn the Tribe basketball program from a perennial losing organization into an exciting, winning team. On a comparatively small stipend, Coach Shaver has signed fantastic players and provided our community with a basketball program that we are proud of. You could not possibly have a better example of sportsmanship and class than we have in our coach. Coach Shaver is a part of our community and is loved by all. A new coach will not get the Tribe to the NCAAs any sooner than Coach Tony Shaver.
The residents in the Meadows woke up to a surprise last weekend. Our mailboxes were opened, red flags raised, all along Sharps Road. If anyone saw whoever did this vandalism, would you please notify the police ASAP. Thank you.
I’m a little behind with this comment, but as an more than 30-year resident of Norge, the only problem I see with the Oakland Pointe apartment project is that it is only half big enough. You can’t keep building $200,000 to $500,000 mansions, hotels and restaurants without providing some place for the minimum-wage workers needed to maintain these.
Looking for …
On Saturday I lost my wedding ring of 56 years while at the Lightfoot Great Clips and Harris Teeter. The ring is yellow gold with a circular design inscribed. Reward of $150 to finder. Call 757-879-1477.
There is an excellent blacksmith shop in Gloucester Courthouse. 804-824-2631.
I have two phone books that I hardly ever use. I wanted to find out the phone number of an individual that had repaired our clock. All that is listed in these two phone books are businesses. How do you find the phone number of an individual?
I am looking for a trained companion dog from someone elderly who no longer needs the one they have. I know this is a long shot, but I need a little help. I am a semi-active 85 year old. Thanks.
This is in response to someone needing information on the DAV in Williamsburg: DAV, Patrick Henry Chapter 34, 151 Kristiansand Drive, Ste. 106, Williamsburg, VA 23188, 757-564-3916 or email@example.com.
Becca from Hair Uptown opened up her own shop in Sola Salon in New Town. She can be contacted at 757-880-8337.
I’m looking for Jenny, who used to work at Fuzzy Butts as a groomer. If anyone knows where she is working, please let me know. Phone number 871-0264. Thank you.
Does anybody know what happened to the news anchor on Channel 13, Virginia Mobley?
Looking for someone to digitize my VHF and Super 8 film. Please call 757-561-6520.
If you went to your vet’s office on Thursday, March 21, and have lost a thumb drive, call your vet’s office. It was found outside our door.
Is there a gas station or marina in the area that sells ethanol-free gasoline? I need it for an antique car that can’t run on gas containing ethanol. Thanks.
The red wall
In response to the question about the red wall on Interstate 64: I don’t understand why they have put so much time and extra money into a wall that borders a golf course. The wall should be on the opposite side of I-64 beyond Route 199, where they have built all those homes. All of the extra time it has taken to work on this wall is time that should have been spent on getting that stretch of road finished before Busch Garden opens. Now there’s going to be traffic nightmares when spring break comes and people are trying to get to Busch Gardens.
The question has been raised whether the Electoral College should be replaced by the popular vote. I doubt that will happen, but why not make it more fair? Eliminate the senator head count and have the votes equal the number of representatives. Have 438 votes rather than 538 votes. That would still give fair recognition of both urban and rural voters while not giving disproportionate weight to low-population states such as Wyoming and the Dakotas.
Too much litter
I saw a comment in the Last Word recently wondering where all the litter comes from. I can tell you where a lot of it comes from, as I had the misfortune of being caught behind the county waste vehicle more than once. Every time the trash bin is dumped, loose articles go flying out onto roadways littering our neighborhood. So we, as a people, need to be smarter about what we put in our trash bins. They need to be weighted down so they don’t go flying out of the trash bins when they’re dumped.
I’m responding in reference to the person who was inquiring about recycling prescription eyeglass. Prescription eyeglasses and regular sunglasses and prescription sunglasses can all be turned in to Vision Works at New Town, Eastern Eye Associates on Jamestown Road, the Williamsburg Rec. Center on Quarterpath Road and Goodwill on Richmond Road at Monticello. The eyeglasses are collected by the Williamsburg Host Lions Club and delivered to the Lions’ recycling center in Newport News. The recycling center processes the glasses, packages them and ships them to needy people all over the world.
How many emergency declarations from other presidents since ’72 have there been? Bet the news made you feel like, “well, we’ve never heard of this before. Emergency declaration? No other president has done this.” How many? Thirty-two that are still in place now. How come nobody’s saying anything about that? They are not unconstitutional because Congress passed a law in the early 70s saying the president could do this for the security of America.
For the person inquiring about where to buy first-quality, fresh seafood in Williamsburg: Uncle Russ on Old Towne Road should be at the top of your list. Everything is fresh and not full of chemicals. Plus you can get a loyalty card which gives you a discount after a few stamps. And there’s a takeout menu as well for items cooked onsite.
Price of tariffs
Last spring I bought a 1-pound box of fluted steel masonry nails for less than $5. Yesterday I paid $6.60. Trump is the only person in the world that maintains that tariffs are paid by the exporter. That extra dollar and a half was not from the Canadians or Chinese; rather, it came out of my pocket.
Free to you
Art teachers, artists, crafters, quilters: Free art supplies. I live in Williamsburg and am downsizing. I would love for you to benefit from my hoarding of paints of all types, material, yarn, art tools, art books, art magazines and ephemera. For you scrapbookers, I have lots of paper and albums. If you would like any of these free materials, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set a pick up time. Thank you.
In reply to the question about the white flowering trees blooming along Route 199 and I-64: Those are Bradford Pear trees. Long planted as ornamental trees for their early flowers, it is now recognized by botanists that these non-native trees are very detrimental to the environment. They seed easily, take over large areas and crowd out our native trees such as dogwoods, redbuds and maples. (As is happening on the roads mentioned.) In the landscape, they are short-lived trees that break apart and lose major branches during storms. A good substitute could be the native Serviceberry tree with white spring flowers, berries loved by birds and beautiful fall color.
Those pretty white flowering trees along Route 199 and I-64 are the product of Bradford pears (which were supposed to be sterile) cross-pollinating with just about anything around. Those offspring have reverted back to their granddaddies, the Chinese Callery pear. They make thickets that are very hard to remove, because they can have thorns 2-4 inches long which are said to puncture tires. They choke out our native hardwood trees, dogwoods and redbuds and reduce the habitat needed for our native birds and animals. For those reasons, some municipalities are passing regulations to ban Bradford pears. But they are pretty.
Not a business
While applauding a recent comment that “hiring" an MBA graduate to run the country has not equated to good management, I want to note that Donald Trump does not have an MBA. He transferred from Fordham to an undergraduate program run by Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor’s degree only. Neither college has been willing to comment on his performance or release his grades.
When a white supremacist shot up two religious gatherings in New Zealand, their parliament didn't gather in front of the TV cameras and invite the public to pray for the victims and their families. No, they gathered their courage and announced that they would hit gun control head on and see to it that military-style weapons wouldn't be available to the public in the future. America's elected officials should take notice of how real elected officials approach a threat to the public, rather than bury their heads in their wallets and ignore the threat to all Americans from military-style weapons, which have no use except to kill large numbers of people quickly and efficiently.
I’ve gotten so many no-name phone calls from our local area code that I started putting my cellphone on no ring. If I did answer, there was no one there and the call would disconnect in seconds. Verizon advises that these are computer generated calls from anywhere that spoofs local numbers and are looking to capture voices for scamming voice recognition, unlocking passwords and account numbers, etc. I added their inexpensive spam detector software and two things happened: The volume of calls decreased and there was more information on those calls that were made. Even if I did not have a legitimate number listed as a contact, legitimate calls go to voicemail and I can backtrack from there. This protection works for text messaging as well.
We purchased our Hyundai Sonata from an out-of-town dealer in 2016 and had been taking it there for service. We spent at least three hours there for an oil change, and it cost more than $50 for conventional oil. Finally, we decided to take it right here to Williamsburg Hyundai for a recall and oil change. In a little more than an hour we were ready to roll, and the oil change and multi-point inspection was $38. What a difference.
Recently, I had my boat detailed. It had been under a cover for the winter and I thought the mildew would never come off or the aluminum come clean. I called Bryan at Bryan’Z Marine Detailing. He came out to my house and made her look new again. I highly recommend him. Give him a call at 757-810-6042.
Selecting a hearing aid can be tricky. Commercial advertisements and bulk sale stores provide only low frequency hearing aids. My experience with then was unsatisfactory. After disappointments, I received satisfaction at a local established audiologist. My audit certified doctor took the time diagnose and provide a solution, “I can hear you now.” Dr. Hecker & Associates can be reached at 757-874-4665. They care and please.
Worth a trip
What an outstanding collection of photographs at the Williamsburg library. I understand that they are taken by local photographers. Definitely worth a visit.
In the 19th century, Congress passed laws regulating many industries to protect, among other things, the safety of our food, the purity and effectiveness of our drugs, and to restrict the predatory tactics of a group of businesses commonly known as the "robber barons." Today, all Americans need to contact their representatives in both houses of Congress to instruct them to put limits on the predatory actions of the drug companies, which are causing many Americans to make decisions between life-saving medicines and the other basic needs . As one example, insulin, a drug which is life or death for diabetics, can cost a diabetic hundreds each month.
Why doesn't the DNC allow Fox to put on the Democratic candidate forums? Because Fox has been found to be just a state propaganda network for Trump. It is not a "fair and balanced" network as Fox likes to put forth. I enjoy watching many networks, including Fox, but have noted Fox tends to put forth more opinion than facts. It's very evident when you check news on a variety of channels. The only factual anchor they have is Chris Wallace. I would agree with the DNC strategy.
The DNC is scared to death of the questions that will be asked. The Dems have no platform and couldn’t answer the questions. Yes, Fox News has the largest TV viewing and it is the most fair and balanced of any of the channels.
I would challenge and encourage people to watch Fox News. If you’re watching some of the other networks, watch those and then compare them with Fox News. Are the other networks fair and balanced? Are they giving both sides of the story? Watch both sides and see. I very much hope you do so, because your freedoms are at stake, my friends.
No socialism, please
To all you out there who are cheering for socialism: Keep in mind that socialism is simply a weak form of communism, and socialism always evolves. Before you get on the bandwagon for socialism, ask the folks in Venezuela and Cuba how communism is working out for them. Capitalism has been working just fine for a long time; it’s best we leave it alone. Capitalism is a part of human nature. Pay close attention, please.
Manage the cats
Our homeowners association newsletter recently warned homeowners to not feed feral cats. Wrong problem. Most residents know the real problem is the free-roaming cats owned by their neighbors, not feral cats. Our neighborhood is the litter box for their pets, and the animals prey on the native bird population. If you choose to have a cat, keep it inside. Do not inflict your choice of pets on the rest of us. HOA: Do something to solve the problem. Stop playing favorites in the community.
So, a writer warned us about the dangers of authoritarian leaders like Trump. If protecting the borders of our sovereign nation and upholding the immigration laws that Congress passed is authoritarian, give me more. If entering trade wars to ensure our country can compete on a level playing field is authoritarian, give me more. If freeing up our industries from suffocating regulations so that they can create more jobs is authoritarian, give me more. If threatening an executive order to force colleges and universities to support free discourse on diverse opinions is authoritarian, again give me more.
Up in Washington
I couldn’t be more disgusted than I am today. As a Vietnam vet, I can’t tell you how insulting it is to read the insults from our draft-dodging president toward a true hero and deceased Sen. John McCain. What will it take for Republicans to reclaim their spines and silence him? Trump disgraces the office he holds every day, but this is truly disgusting.
I’m a Vietnam veteran that spent 18 months in that war hell, and for him to criticize a man that was in prison for more than five years! I know the hell I went through, and I wasn’t in prison or being incarcerated. Something is wrong with this man. He spent not one day in the military, and he’s sitting there, talking about this man that made it so great for your kids and grandkids to have a better life if they get called into the military.
I’m glad to see that the show coming up about “Tricky Dick” is going to air pretty soon. Everyone, I think, should watch it and I think they should maybe make some analogies, comparisons with what’s going on with the Trump administration. You might see a lot of similarities. Take the blinders off and look at the truth, and hopefully, it will be known and made public to us all and not hidden behind closed doors.
How can we put up with a president that does not respect the great war hero John McCain? Mr. Trump’s actions are pathetic, disgraceful, unworthy of a president. He has the gall to criticize someone that served, honorably, with distinction. And he sought five exemptions for bone spurs. Unbelievable. How willing was he to serve his country? Where does my representative Congressman Wittman stand? Please speak out against these foolish tirades.
If most members of Congress really cared about border security, they would simply revise the laws that make illegal immigration so attractive. In just a few weeks’ work, they could have a major impact on reducing illegal immigration.
Many thanks to the Sentara Williamsburg doctors, nurses and medical staff for their professional care during my stay at the hospital for one week. Each of them displayed a sincere dedication to help me during my recovery. I am very proud to tell people of the treatment I received at Sentara.
A very kind person found my prescription sunglasses on the ground at the book return box at the Norge Library. That person placed them so I could easily find them this morning, and I just wanted to say thank you.
Thank you to the Williamsburg Regional Library and William and Mary for their presentation of "Little Women." I learned a lot from the students. There were great raffle prizes and snacks, as well. I appreciate the joint projects that the college does with our community.