Way to go, Hornsby
We are so impressed to read of the proactive effort at and by Lois Hornsby Middle School to help students feel welcomed! To get students involved in positive ways to assure a good school experience — doesn’t seem like it is rocket science, but we certainly read of the opposite and very upsetting bullying complaints at another middle school, so perhaps instilling friendly, welcoming actions and teachings is rocket science?
How incredible to read the city approved a “no net loss” incentive for yet another alcohol-serving business. Are all the present alcohol-serving businesses doing so well? Is it fair or good government to assist some businesses when existing like businesses didn’t get the same deal? And is the city such a poor prospect for new businesses that they need to be bribed to come in? How do existing city businesses feel about this? Why not ask city businesses what they need to prosper here?
It’s shocking to read that the county would give a private business -- already subsidized by $750,000 to construct a brewery on or adjacent to a taxpayer-owned marina -- approval to close the marina for a private event. What part of the line between taxpayer funding of parks and recreation centers and supporting private for-profit businesses does the county not get? And to think our hard-earned dollars have gone to yet another purveyor of alcohol. Next to a marina! No part of this equation makes any sense at all. The county and city have so many businesses pushing alcohol in a population of college students and super-seniors. Are we the only people seeing wrong decisions, wrong thinking here?
The one question I have not seen addressed is if we pay for the new recycling program, will 100 percent of the collection actually be recycled? Based on demand, I believe part will be recycled in the U.S., with the rest ending up in the landfill with the regular trash.
Support for CW
I am in total agreement with Mr. Haulman’s letter to the editor in the Marh 23 Gazette. Please do not give CW a penny until its purpose is restored to its original intent. Do not send money that CW can spend on hiring more vice presidents whose intents are not in keeping with our small town ambiance. On a stricter budget, CW will be forced to use its money on research, education and maintaining its buildings, gardens and interpreters.
Recently, CW gave Mitchell Reiss a $100,000 bonus. Now they are asking the city of Williamsburg for an extra $200,000 for tourism. Does this make any sense? Would someone, please, tell me what I am missing?
Mr. Haulman is right (Opinion March 23). Decades of throwing tax money at marketing has produced no favorable results. Let's try throwing tax money at improving things tourists come to see: costumed historic interpreters, historic trades interpreters, gardeners that work for the foundation rather than for commercial contractors. These are the things that draw visitors, not the flashy advertisements conjured up by pricey, so-called professionals. Let's make Williamsburg a classy historic destination rather than a one-size-fits-all, mediocre, sports-entertainment-shopping stop on a tourists' itinerary.
Can we stop with the Tony Shaver firing pity party already? Two-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells said it very succinctly, "You are what your record says you are." Coach Shaver's 16-year tenure at the College of William and Mary shows he was a sub .500 basketball coach. The constant excuse of "It's difficult to recruit quality basketball players to William and Mary" got tiresome. When The Big 3 bolted the Colonial Athletic Association — VCU in 2012 and GMU and ODU in 2013 — the bar for CAA success was significantly lowered. The result? No titles in a one-NCAA-bid, second-tier, mid-major basketball conference and a "one and done" NIT appearance in 2015. Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." W&M Athletic Director Samantha Huge came to this conclusion and felt a much overdue change was needed. I commend her for her decision and I look forward to new and exciting times with Tribe basketball.
Several final thoughts on Coach Shaver’s dismissal: 1. He was an honorable and well-liked man who gave his best. Change is difficult but he deserved better than the public firing (see Laycock exit). This lacked the class and dignity he’s shown our school while also stirring up his team of talented young men. 2 Let’s now watch Athletic Director Huge closely and with the same critical eye as she attempts to hire a Division I men’s head basketball coach on a base salary of less than $300,000. Jeff Jones’s base pay at ODU is reported at $500,000. Simply stated, having winning expectations without a winning budget is naive. What will her candidate pool look like? Will she try to make a political and social statement by hiring a female?
There is a truly wonderful display of daffodils right now on South Henry Street along the Cedar Grove Cemetery wall. This is just south of the law school. Many thanks to the city staff that tend to this remarkable display. Gorgeous flowers provide such a welcoming display to visitors and flower lovers.
The Historic Triangle Indoor Flea Market is held the last Saturday of every month at the Historic Triangle Building on Waller Mill Road, just down the road from the defunct Kmart. Wouldn't it be grand if York County, Williamsburg and James City County would pause their promotion of retail gentrification and recognize the tourism lure of flea markets and perhaps give one of those grants to the Historic Triangle Indoor Flea Market so they can set up in the empty Kmart, providing a venue for working-class people (who do the work to support the tourism and retail economy) to shop for value when spending their wages?
Hello, tourist industry! Do you realize we are the incredibly fortunate tourist town that actually has a train depot? Passenger trains bringing and taking people from here to all over the U.S. and Canada? Do you realize that many people, especially city folk, do not drive or have cars? They take trains. Do you realize many people and families can’t or won’t fly but will take trains? Do you pay any attention at all to the passenger trains coming through Williamsburg? Did you say anything to anyone when Amtrak changed departure from 9:37 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.? And no paper schedules anymore? Hotels! CW! W&M! You have students, visitors coming and going by train. Will you talk to Amtrak to change arrivals, departures back to civilized times?
Looking for …
In response to the person that was looking for Amber Richardson, the stylist formerly at Supercuts on Mooretown Road: She is now at Great Clips in Lightfoot by Harris Teeter. She can also be reached at 757-784-0853.
Does anybody know where I can find the owner of the recently closed driving range, Swing Kingz? Any help would be appreciated.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a company that would ship a single item of furniture, a wooden rocking chair, from Williamsburg to Texas?
I moved here last summer and have been on the lookout for a Bingo gathering. I can't find one. Where are the Williamsburg Bingo players?
Pair of women's glasses and case found on Duke of Gloucester. Please email Last Word to identify.
Too many dogs
I concur with Wednesday’s submission that if you don't like the dogs at the Farmers Market, go to the supermarket. I, for one, go to the Farmers’ Market to see the dogs and maybe grab a muffin on the side. I have always found the dogs to be friendly, well groomed, excited to be there — and they have trained their humans to be well mannered, too.
As an animal lover, I take exception to the writer who suggested that I shop at my local grocery store to avoid the dogs at the Farmers’ Market. I would suggest they walk their animals in their own neighborhoods or parks. It is not fair to either the animal or the public to walk their animals in crowded public venues such as a Saturday morning Farmers’ Market.
Sadly, I must agree with W.R. Van Elburg's conclusion to his well-written article (Gazette, March 23), that we have indeed a serious national mental health problem. If you have not read his evidence, I suggest you do so.
To the person who needs ethanol-free gas: The closest station I know of is at exit 220 off Interstate 64 going toward Richmond. When you exit to the right, there are two stations next to each other that sell the gas. It is 90 octane. You can also go to pure-gas.org, and there you can find other gas stations that sell ethanol-free gas.
It’s so obvious when commenters have no knowledge of the art of negotiating. The reason President Trump is taking a different approach to negotiating with North Korea than say, Venezuela, is that North Korea could become a nuclear power. We have nothing to fear from Venezuela.
If the administration would reduce its proposed budget by one F-35 Lightning, they could fund the Special Olympics for two years. It’s a question of peace versus war.
Too much litter
I am a regular user of John Tyler Highway, Route 5, and in recent weeks I have become appalled by the sea of litter lining both sides of this beautiful, historic two-lane road. The heavy concentration begins after crossing the Chickahominy River heading toward Richmond. The addition of the impressive Capital Trail paralleling this Virginia scenic byway is not the culprit. This is trash (mostly beverage bottles, cans and fast food containers) thrown from vehicles with reckless abandon. The beautiful iconic plantations of early founders of this nation, along Route 5, draw thousands of visitors each year to Virginia. This is no way to welcome tourists/ visitors to one of America's most historic roadways. Come on citizens, county and state officials! Let’s work together to make it truly springtime in Virginia and help clean up this mess.
To the moon?
When the vice president announced at a NASA rally that the U.S. will return to the moon, the fact he left out was that his plan is to buy a ticket on the Chinese Moon Lander, which is currently in the pipeline. Without a President Kennedy level of funding increase, NASA isn't going anywhere fast.
The best way to handle nuisance calls is to get caller ID and don’t answer if you don’t know who is calling. If it is important, they will leave a message.
A cool idea
Reading that icing injuries lacks long-time, large studies to either support or declaim it as therapy for sports injuries makes us ask: Why doesn’t the W&M biology department team with the sports department and design some serious studies to see what physiological benefits, if any, icing has for a variety of injuries. Real-time, real-life situations for professors and students to investigate. We really wish W&M would make more such use of its bright students, with so many answers needed.
Lafayette’s latest musical, “Grease,” was an outstanding production! The choreography, the music, the dancing were just exceptional, and what a great surprise when they brought out the big automobile for the play. It’s just an outstanding job by Ms. McCorry and her students.
Cost of tariffs
I can’t believe a person is complaining about paying only $1.60 more for nails because of the new tariffs. Unfair trade has cost our country millions of dollars and has put millions of Americans out of jobs. As a patriot of this country, I would gladly pay more for a product made in the United States by American workers. A Democratic hero, John F. Kennedy, said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what can you do for your country.”
Those "expensive" masonry nails you purchased — you have two options: pass the increased cost on to your customer or comparison shop for masonry nails made in the U.S. not subject to tariff. No one claimed that tariffs were not going to come without a cost to the American consumer. The issue the tariffs are being used to address is securing a level playing field for U.S. trade goods overseas. Some minor inconvenience near term is worth the long-term benefits we gain.
At the restaurant
A first-class restaurant does not permit waiters to scrape dirty dishes in the dining room while customers are still eating. They do not permit the waiters to wait on tables without a health department approved food handler’s permit. They do not permit food handlers to work without a hair net. People should avoid restaurants that do not put the welfare of the customer first.
Bravo, New Zealand! Thanks for doing the common sense thing and banning assault rifles. Maybe some of our lawmakers in the U.S. will get a backbone and stand up to the NRA and do likewise. The overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens approve of this.
I see that the Virginia Department of Transportation is proposing bike lanes and sidewalks between Croaker and Norge. Before they go and waste any time, money and energy on that, why don’t they do something with the existing roads they have? The ones that are full of potholes; the ones that line striping is missing on; areas of Route 60 near Anderson’s Corner where water stands in the road to a point of danger — it’s beyond danger and it’s been like that for years. Fix the things that you already have instead of going out and spending money on things we don’t need, and it’s not going to be used anyway.
Several months ago, we lost our mailbox at the Lightfoot Post Office. Seems someone decided to ram it, break it and knock it down. The kind ladies who work there tell us it will be replaced, but no one knows when. That mailbox was a lifesaver in bad weather and when a patron was in a hurry. To the United States Postal Service: Please bring it back. All your post office locations need a mailbox.
The concept of asking the rich to help the poor was first introduced to the world 2,000 years ago by a half-Jewish carpenter.
The best interest of a community is the business interest. Without successful businesses, a community dies. Seriously, you think someone who serves on the Williamsburg City Council is seeking fame and fortune?
Yesterday by the entrance of Freedom Park, I rescued a dog that was off leash. If I hadn’t there was a very good chance the dog would have gotten hit by a car on Centerville Road. I have had dogs all my life and until recently, when my dog was off leash and ran away, I believed in letting him walk freely. Thank God two joggers found him that day, but it taught me a lesson: never let a dog off leash, no matter how well it’s trained.
Someone needs to put a stop to the dogs that are attacking other innocent dogs. The owners get a slap on the wrist and are let go, and animal control needs to do more. They care very much for other dogs, so I hope and trust that they do everything they can to put a stop to these people.
The neighborhoods off Centerville Road have been plagued for two years with dogs running loose that belong to an owner or are in the custody of one family. Two family pets in Colonial Heritage have been killed and one seriously injured. Multiple individuals in the same community have been chased and threatened by these same dogs. On March 15, Judge Colleen Killilea heard another case against the owners and imposed multiple fines, as well as an order for all dogs to be removed from the properties of the individuals. Just two days later, on March 17, the same dogs were running loose in Colonial Heritage threatening people. Obviously the court’s ruling was ignored by these offenders. We have to wonder what action the court is taking now?
If we take affordable health insurance away from 77 million Americans and cut Medicare by a trillion, as Trump is suggesting, we can lower the life expectancy by a few years and save a bundle on Social Security and Medicare.
Trump never insulted McCain's military career? How about, "He's not a war hero. He's not a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Coming from a man who can't even tell where the bone spurs that kept him out of Vietnam are, that's rich.
John McCain's military service was above reproach and President Trump was wrong to malign his military service. That said, John McCain’s personal life and politics were far less commendable and are fair targets for criticism. No one gets a free ride in life because of something they did more than 50 years ago.
Candidate Trump promised health care for everyone at a fraction of the cost. He went on to say it would be easy. John McCain did not vote against repeal and replace because there was no replace and the bill Trump is whining about would have left 300,000 Arizonans without health care. To do so would have been against McCain’s religion.
To the veteran who inferred that John McCain was a disappointment in Congress because of his giving the thumbs down on a bill to take health care from people. Perhaps our veteran could tell us what health insurance he has, from whom, and most importantly, who is paying for it. As for Trump's comments on McCain, some think it takes a lot of guts coming from a guy who claimed he had "bone spurs."
To the Last Word contributors who hold the late Senator John McCain in such high esteem: I invite you to Google his association with: Annapolis Class of 1958 (ranked 894th out of 899 graduates); Carol McCain (Ex-wife he dumped for his much younger “trophy wife” Cindy); Keating Five Scandal (1 of the 5); No vote on S1628 (a vote that effectively blocked Obamacare repeal less than a year after winning re-election by campaigning to repeal Obamacare).
When John McCain ran for president in 2008, I didn’t think he was the best candidate, and I voted for Obama. I know that was the right choice. Today, I recognize that McCain would be 100 times better than our current vindictive president.
As a veteran, I respect John McCain's military service and his time as a POW as much as anyone. However, that doesn't make him immune to criticism over his political record. We can all agree that President Trump should have chosen his words more carefully, but John McCain was one of the people directly responsible for the fake dossier being made public and putting the president and America through hell for two years for absolutely nothing other than being guilty of beating HRC in a fair and legal election.
Happy to recognized a local business Sword Hardwood Flooring and owner Liz Sword for uncommon integrity, professionalism and honesty. We had suspected water damage to our hardwood floors (leaking radiator). We remembered Liz and company from some work long ago and what a great job they did for us. Contacted her to take a look. Arriving on time, Liz did a thorough assessment: checked moisture content, inspected every inch of the suspect floor, and suggested that the floor would naturally dry out and nothing should be done but to keep an eye on it, even offered to come back in the future to take a look if we desired. Offered to pay for her time and assessment and she wouldn’t accept anything. Williamsburg is lucky to have a business leader and company of that caliber.
I met Alona Casanave when she offered Pilates classes for golfers at Ford’s Colony. I needed some way to age more gracefully. I soon saw that the best way to do this was by trying out individual lessons at Alona's Smart Bodies studio. Since then, I have more flexibility, improved posture and balance, increased energy and have greater strength. This has led to great improvement in my golf game. Alona is patient, constantly looking for ways to improve the areas on which you want to work. And she actually makes it fun. I thoroughly enjoy it and highly recommend it.
We went to the fish fry at the Hellenic Center on Mooretown Road last Friday and were totally amazed. They have decided to continue doing the fish fry until Easter, and, anybody that wants an incredible meal for $10, you should try it out. It is absolutely out of this world. The fish is fresh. You can get it either broiled or fried, and they have two sides and dessert with it, all for $10. I have never been to a fish fry like this before. Look forward to it again. Thank you.
Ron, owner of Stump B Gone, did an excellent and thorough job of grinding up 10 stumps in my yard, some as big as 3-4 feet. in diameter. He made certain to get all of the stump and large roots. He has the equipment and experience to get the job done right the first time, at an affordable cost. I highly recommend Stump B Gone and would use him again.