Last Word goes to the dogs, April 3

Too much litter

I’m calling in regards to “Too much litter” on the highways and byways. Coming up on April 13, there will be a volunteer cleanup in James City County. There are lots of roads that can be cleaned up and need to be attended to. It’s not just city, county and state officials’ job. It’s our job as an individual to help clean up our county. Go to the James City County website and click on the litter and all of the links. You can sign up to help us clean on April 13. If you have any other questions, call 259-5375. We’re doing our best, but we need more volunteers. Thank you.

This is in response to “Too much litter.” Litter is all over the roads in Williamsburg, James City County and Upper York County. The government needs to have some sort of system to have the litter regularly removed from the roadsides. Thank you.

Too many dogs

You don’t take your dog to the grocery store, so why would you take it to the Farmers Market where there is food? Keep your dog at home or take it to the dog park.

I also take exception to the inconsiderate dog owners at the Farmers Market. Just because a person can't, or doesn't want to be around so many dogs, doesn't mean they hate dogs. As someone who loves dogs but is extremely allergic, I can't go to the market to purchase locally-grown produce, eggs, honey, meat, flowers, etc., as I spend the remainder of the day sneezing, with watery eyes and a headache. If all you want is a muffin, there are many outlets for that. As a suggestion, maybe the city or Colonial Williamsburg could designate certain Saturdays as "Pet Free." Even once a month would be helpful.

To the self-proclaimed animal lover, it’s obvious from your comment that in fact, you’re not one. Dogs are social animals and like to be around other dogs and people. As far as the area by the Farmers Market, I consider that my neighborhood.

To the recent commenter who said there are too many dogs at the Farmers Market: As a dog lover, I believe it was rude that you were told to “go to the grocery store” rather than the Farmers Market after you expressed your concerns. We love dogs, and our golden enjoys going to the Farmers Market where she is often a “star.” However, your post made me look at things differently. There are valid concerns about so many dogs in a small area where food is on display on tables all around. Dogs that might not play well with others can and do cause issues. Some folks are afraid of dogs. Perhaps it’s time to consider a ban on dogs at the Farmers Market. We have family in Northern Virginia, and their farmers market has a ban. There are certainly other areas of CW to walk one’s dog. In the meantime, we will resist taking our golden, or will take her when the market first opens, as there is significantly less traffic at that time. I hope you continue going to the Williamsburg Farmers Market — do not allow the unfortunate remarks of others to affect your enjoyment of such a pleasant place to shop.

I am a dog lover. We have four rescues that are very much loved and well behaved. But I agree with the “too many dogs at Farmers Market.” There are indeed too many, making it difficult for young families with strollers and toddlers to enjoy the market. There are plenty of other opportunities for dog walking and dog socializing. Let’s restore the Farmers Market to a family-friendly focus.

Looking for …

This is for the person looking for Bingo in Williamsburg. They have Bingo at Au Bon Pain at 6692 Richmond Road in Lightfoot, in front of the Pottery, at 8 a.m. Wednesday mornings.

To the person looking for a company that would ship a wooden rocking chair from Williamsburg to Texas: FedEx will ship things. You just have to pay them and they pack them and ship them. Hope this helps you out.

Help! I lost my key fob for my Ford. If you found it, call 220-8192. Thank you.

I am looking for a working computer for an elderly person. Please call 804-363-7745. Thank you.

Lost: Lady's Maui Jim sunglasses at Farmers Market on March 23. If found, call 757-206-6124.

Does anyone know where the CHKD store is in Williamsburg? I know they moved. So, could you text me at 757-788-4063? Thank you.

Does anyone in the Williamsburg area have a good solution for cable TV and/or internet for a good, dependable, affordable price?

Flea markets

I love this idea. Wherever we travel, we look for flea markets. We find beautiful crafts by the young just starting out and many beautiful things by retired folks. Some of the best ones we’ve been to are in Florida and South Carolina. It is a destination for many folks. To open one in the old Kmart would be great.

Send it here

We keep seeing couches, tables, chairs, rugs and other household goods that appear to be in reasonably good condition stacked by the roadside for weeks. If you have a couple days of advance notice, call the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 757-596-5553. They will pick it up and sell it at a very reasonable price to someone who can put it to good use.

Break for seniors

As seniors, we have no children in the schools. Shouldn’t we get something besides fire and EMS or taxes on our home? Why should we pay extra for recycling every two weeks? Thank you.

Free to you

Free Stuff Giveaway. Saturday, April 6, at 160 Devon Road (Windsor Forest) starting at 8 a.m. Includes useful tools, oak teacher’s desk, five bookcases, two wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, LP records, stepladder, two working tube-type TVs (13-inch and 36-inch), two metal shelf cases, and other miscellaneous useful things.

Just saying

Bad product design is exemplified by battery-powered watches, which need a specialist to replace.

John McCain

To all those making excuses for Trump’s vulgarity and crude and unfair statements about McCain: I wonder how you would have reacted if Obama made similar comments when they were both running for president in 2008. My guess is it would be a very different dialogue.

Amtrak schedule

Yes, the Amtrak Train (#174 M-F) leaves Williamsburg at 5:42 a.m. That is so working people can take the train to Richmond (by 6:35 a.m.) or D.C. (by 9:41 a.m.) and get to work before lunch. All other people who are experienced train travelers, and even those who do drive or fly, know they can’t stay in bed all morning and expect to get anywhere by a decent time. I learned the day I moved into my dorm at college: You do what you have to do to get where you need to be, even if it is on someone else’s schedule, because it almost always is.

I have already had to deal with the new 5:40 a.m. departure time and it is horrendous. Williamsburg’s 9:37 a.m. train 94 slot was arbitrarily moved to Norfolk. This change affects locals, students and tourists, not to mention the Amtrak employees. Those I spoke with are not happy. I am not happy. It would be interesting to see what thought, if any, went into this decision by Amtrak and what sort of ridership the Norfolk train gets. They already had one train. I have called and emailed Amtrak to express my dissatisfaction. Others need to do the same, please. Delegates and other representatives of our area should also be contacted. Please put pressure on Amtrak to bring our train 94 back! This is crucial for our community.

Cost of tariffs

My forefathers’ response to King George’s tea tax was to boycott tea. I will not pay King Trump’s steel and aluminum tax by not buying a car, a washing machine or a beer can until the tax is removed.

Why don’t we put a 30 percent tariff on Saudi and Russian oil to help out our oil drillers?

Vietnam veterans

Thanks to Jim Icenhour, chairman of the James City County Board of Supervisors, and Tom Monahan, president of the local chapter, for putting together the local recognition of the Vietnam Veterans Day. Fifty-year Vietnam War commemorative pins were presented to all Vietnam veterans in attendance at the James City Veterans Park, along with a handshake and thanks for their service. Congress had approved this recognition day back in 2017. Let’s see more veterans next year. Put it on your calendar.

Prescription drugs

It is now time for all Americans to insist their members of Congress do something about the outrageous difference in prescription drug prices in the United States versus the rest of the world. If the drug companies can sell the drugs in Europe for their controlled prices, they can do the same thing here.

Road worries

If I operated a business in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center, I would be banging on the door of the management, getting the potholes fixed in that whole entire parking area. I’m getting tired of running into potholes in that shopping center.

Recommended info

I appreciate the four recommended business listed in the Last Word for Saturday. However, none of them gave any contact numbers. This would be appreciated in the future. Thank you.

Helping the poor

The recent contributor who said the concept of asking the rich to help the poor was first introduced to the world 2,000 years ago by Jesus was right. But today’s socialists and progressives, while claiming to be asking, are, in fact, forcing, via the tax code under threat of fine or imprisonment, a massive redistribution of wealth. Jesus never called for that.

Up in Washington

This is in response to the person commenting about Trump and the Special Olympics: This is just another Trump made-up situation. There was never a threat to the Special Olympics. Trump just said that so he could call around and make himself seem the savior of the Special Olympics when people complained. This is typical Trump and how he operates: thinks up fake crises and then comes in as the savior for all the accolades. Don’t be fooled.

Trump has attacked Gold Star families, war heroes and women’s appearance, but attacking someone such as Adam Schiff for being slim and trim is another new low for him.

Electoral College vote didn’t go your way; eliminate the Electoral College. Don’t like the current Supreme Court makeup; increase the number of justices and pack it your way. Not happy with the results of Special Counsel Mueller’s report; initiate new investigations. Team can’t score; move the goal posts closer. Now the plethora of Democratic candidates for president have found a way to eliminate primary elections, by deciding that former VP Joe Biden, without any substantiation or due process, is guilty of inappropriate behavior. This in an effort to discredit him as a possible candidate and competition.

Maybe if the president would propose to use Job Corp trainees to build part of his wall it might go better. If the wall were considered as a way to train, hire and prepare minority youth for the 21st-century workforce rather than a vanity project, it might be better received by Congress.

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