Last Word on fun and games, March 27

Road worries

So, now that the Lightfoot Wawa has been approved, I'm begging the builders to please consider the traffic jam that already exists there. People constantly try to cut through the traffic waiting at the light at Lightfoot and Richmond roads so they don't have to sit at a light themselves. Please consider a solution to this madness that already exists. Also, there are two other gas stations literally within a stone's throw of the Wawa. Please, Lightfoot has enough businesses and more than enough traffic.

Fun and games

You want a fun game for your family? My husband called from Walmart at Rochambeau to tell me there’s a Williamsburg Monopoly game with the College of William and Mary, Premium Outlets and more on the board. And I thought, what a fun family thing to have. Or to send to family members who don’t live in Williamsburg and come to visit. It’s $20. I just thought I would mention it.

Called to interpret

Historic Colonial Williamsburg is blessed with knowledgeable interpreters. We seldom hear about their dedication to this art and the road to it. You can meet and chat with Thomas Jefferson on the Duke of Gloucester Street. Hot off the press is Bill Barker’s (the “real” TJ) book, “Becoming Jefferson; My Life as a Founding Father.” You will get the feel that Bill and Tom are truly one.

Nuisance calls

What is the best advice for handling the current deluge of political and sales nuisance phone calls?

Cost of college

As a parent with a child in college, I think it’s important to recognize the scale of the changes we are talking about. A recent Last Word comment noted the federal government had increased funding for grants and loans by a combined $76 billion. Leaving aside that loans don’t actually lower tuition cost, it’s a question of scope. UVA has about 11,000 in-state students, 80 percent of their tuition comes from cuts in state funding. That’s $154 million for just one of Virginia’s many schools. At just one school per state, that’s a funding cut of $7.7 trillion that we have asked these kids to pay. The actual total is many times that. The increase in federal aid represents less than 1 percent of the increases we have passed on. It’s time to at least be honest about how badly we have abandoned our children.

Why is everyone being told to go to college when only 33 percent of U.S. jobs require a college degree? Studies show 41 percent of recent college graduates were underemployed. Some people aren’t meant to go to college. They aren’t any less intelligent or hard working than those who are. They just have better things to do with their time, talent and money. Time to rethink what an affordable education costs (not free college for everyone) to make the American dream a reality.

Funding CW

I see in a recent Gazette article that Colonial Williamsburg came before City Council requesting money. In order for CW to get something from the city, they should be ready to give something in exchange. May I suggest they give up their dream of building a wall around the colonial city and admit that the general public does indeed have the right to access to public property throughout the center of town. They have had the luxury of having a ban on automobiles on the streets for more than a quarter century and should be happy with that.

Looking for …

To the person looking for ethanol-free gas for their antique vehicle: I would recommend pure-gas.org. You can search by state. It shows several stations in Gloucester and one in West Point, which would be the closest ones to Williamsburg

The gas pumps at the little boat ramp in West Point has non-ethanol gas. I have also heard that the Williamsburg Airport has it.

No business degree

To the person that says President Trump’s business and economic knowledge is zilch: I wish I had that much business and economic sense so I could be as rich as he is and I bet you would, too. I never met a person who said they didn’t want more money or they didn’t want to be rich. I am so sick and tired of this garbage that people want to talk about the rich being so horrible. Everyone wants more money. Now, what they do with it — that’s a whole different subject. But I have never met anyone that didn’t say that they wouldn’t take a little bit more money. So, I would love to be as smart as President Trump, without having the MBA.

Too many dogs

It’s obvious the commenter stating there are too many dogs at the Farmers’ Market isn’t an animal lover. My suggestion to you is to shop at your local grocery store.

Free to you

White oak and hickory firewood length logs, not split, free for pick up. Please call 757-903-1948.

John McCain

Folks don’t seem to realize that President Trump has never criticized John McCain’s military service, only his disloyalty to the Republican Party, e.g., single-handedly saving Obama care. As a veteran, I fully understand the sacrifices John McCain made for his country, but in Congress, he was a great disappointment.

Hiring woes

Restaurants keep opening in the Williamsburg area and one wonders where the cooks and wait staff will come from. “Now hiring” signs seem to be everywhere. While having to wait for a seat in a chain restaurant recently, I spoke with the manager, who told me she had five interviews scheduled and only one prospective employee showed up. This can mean people with insufficient experience could get the jobs and add to the woes.

Immigration

I’m responding to the letter to the editor written by Josh Kluger. I would like to know where he’s been listening to the news or reading his news — where he’s getting his information. President Trump is not concerned about illegal immigrants coming here to steal our jobs. It is about being firm in people following our laws and respecting our laws. If you don’t respect the laws, you show disrespect and disregard not just for the country, but also for the people who live here and are trying to be good citizens and have a decent life. If you are willing to break this law, you will probably break the next law and another law and another law.

Mr. Kluger, you do realize that China and the Soviet Union are prime examples of authoritarian governments and both were U.S. allies during WW II? Our President Trump is neither a Fascist nor an authoritarian. He simply shares the opinion of the vast majority of Americans that sneaking in to the U.S. is not immigration. The unfortunate truth is that Liberals simply label anyone they disagree with as a fascist, a racist and a sexist. Rest easy, Mr. Kluger, the U.S. has under Republican leadership confronted the authoritarian governments of North Korea, China, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Venezuela and Cuba, to name a very few. The very same governments Obama sought to appease or turn a blind eye to.

City elections

Community groups, churches and other groups, to include the College of William and Mary, have hopefully started to identify and encourage qualified candidates to run for the Williamsburg City Council in the next election. We desperately need candidates who represent the best interests of our citizens, candidates without the entanglements of business interests or plans to use a City Council post as a springboard to further fame and fortune.

Capitalism

Responsibility for one’s needs starts with yourself. Depending on others to fill your needs is foolish. Capitalism allows one to financially succeed if they wish to do so.

HOA rules

In a well-run city such as Williamsburg, there is very little an HOA needs to do or should do. There are city ordinances that cover most required matters, and the city government is very responsive. HOA members should resist the temptation to make mischief and impose someone’s pet peeves on the neighborhood. A recurring example of this is lampposts. A recent needless decree from our HOA is, “All lampposts need to be operable. Lighted lampposts add a nice ambiance to properties.” In fact, all lampposts do not need to be operable, nor are you even required to have one. Not everyone does; I removed mine. Further, no one should appoint themselves as the final arbiter of good taste or “ambiance.” Ridiculous. Stop doing great ballet leaps over mouse droppings.

Yes, really

We have gotten almost to the limit of stupid product labeling when you find a label for sea salt that states a mineral product millions of years old has a "use by date" of 2020. The same label assured the buyer that it was "non-genetically modified." How silly?

Michael Cohen

Get the facts straight. The only reason Cohen finally admitted to lying is that he was already convicted of lying to Congress. If a person kills someone, apologizing after the fact means nothing.

Cars vs. guns

A caller mused in last Saturday's Gazette that the drop in motor vehicle deaths in the last decade is probably more a matter of luck than more responsible drivers. I would propose that it is a matter of enforcement. Since driving is a privilege granted by the various states, when those states crack down on bad drivers those drivers change their driving habits in order to keep the privilege to drive. A driver who repeatedly shows they are a danger to themselves and others loses the privilege to drive and might even go to jail.

Sadly since the right to own guns is enshrined in the Constitution and the Congress is scared of the NRA, there is little incentive for gun sellers to comply with the few weak laws to keep guns out of the hands of those who present a danger to themselves and others. And sadly, few people who violate gun laws spend any meaningful time in jail.

Recommended

I can’t say enough good things about our club’s experience at Tuscany Ristorante Saturday for lunch. Twenty-eight of us arrived at noon with tickets for the 2 p.m. performance of “Grease” at Lafayette. The staff was amazingly efficient as we each ordered our meal, were served in a timely manner, individual checks honored and we were on our way by 1:30 p.m. During this time, our wait staff was congenial and helpful. On top of that, the food was delicious. Thank you, Tuscany. We will return. By the way, “Grease” was great fun and well done!

We have a true gem in art restoration at the Trimble Gallery in the shops across from Kingsmill. I have had many family treasures restored over the years and have always been very satisfied. He can also make copies of your treasures very reasonably if you want to share with other relatives.

I want to second the post in a recent Last Word about Dr. Hecker & Associates. I first went there more than 20 years ago after being very unhappy with my then-current audiologist. Dr. Hecker listened to my concerns with the utmost patience and compassion and was able to fit me with the perfect aids that fit my lifestyle and level of vanity! He, as well as the other audiologists and staff, provide top-notch care with sensitivity to your individual needs.

Up in Washington

Hard to fathom Trump’s position on socialist dictators who enslave their people and wreck their economies. Venezuela gets sanctions, threats and recognition for an alternative leader. Trump overrules new sanctions on North Korea proposed by his own State Department because Kim Jong Un is a “nice guy.”

After two years, Trump is still claiming he had the greatest electoral win of all time. In his lifetime FDR, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan (2) Bush 41, Clinton and Obama (2) all had bigger wins. He’s either stupid or he thinks we are stupid.

While President Trump did pay the same amount into Social Security, he in fact is not collecting it; furthermore he isn’t even taking his presidential salary. So once again, the so called “rich” are paying more than their fair share.

In 2000 we had a $350 billion surplus, which by law should have been used to pay back the debt. Pelosi, others and I argued if there was going to be a tax cut it should be a FICA tax cut, which would benefit all Americans. Bush, and now Trump, opted for income tax cuts in which 8 percent of the cuts went to the top 4 percent. Obama could have balanced the budget in 2015 if they had repealed the Bush tax cuts.

It is outrageous, hypocritical and anti-American that Trump has been increasing his calls to stifle social media, networks and anyone that criticisms or ridicules him. He proclaims that what he labels "fake news" is unfair and should be stopped when it does not support the president. Before becoming president and even now, Trump has routinely criticized Obama and his administration. As president, Trump is required to defend the Constitution, which includes freedom of speech and the press. Trump's call for silencing opposition is another characteristic he shares with Putin and other autocrats.

A recent commenter said, “I can look my children in the eyes with the knowledge that at least President Trump has put in place the tools to address the national debt and the trade inequalities that existed under Obama.” I think he had his presidents confused. President Obama’s deficits and debt resulted from fighting through the Great Recession and were mainly unavoidable. Trump has increased the debt by $2 trillion at the peak of economic expansion despite promising to eliminate all $20 trillion of it in eight years. Trump has increased the trade deficit and undercut the farming and steel-and-aluminum-using businesses with his ill-advised trade war. I fear for what Trump has done to my children and grandchildren.

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