Too many dogs?
The one constant about Williamsburg is that people love to complain about anything and everything. Let’s face it, for many of you, if there was a single dog at the market it would be one too many. You seem to forget that if we begin banning, limiting or eliminating everyone or everything that might constitute an inconvenience, your car size and baby carriages would be out, your unruly, underfoot, loud children would be out and seniors requiring the use of a cane, walker or wheelchair would be out. Rather than finding reasons to ban, limit or eliminate, why not simply recognize we all make allowances for each other. It’s what community is all about.
I agree with a dog day one Saturday a month at the market. I love the dogs, but I also think that people not-so-keen on them should be allowed to shop there, too. Or even as suggested, dogs go from 8-10 a.m. There are definitely ways to make all parties happy.
I say that strollers should be banned at the Farmers Market, as they as are more obstructive than dogs. As far as bad behavior by dogs, I’ve seen worse by unruly children.
I enjoy having the dogs at the Farmers Market. They bring a smile to my face and I have seen many children who like them and want to pet them and get to know them. It’s a shame that a small percentage of uncontrolled dogs would be cause to eliminate all dogs at the market. There are many well-mannered dogs there. I’ve been coming to the market since it first opened years ago.
It’s not too many dogs, it is too many people, dogs and vendors crammed into a single block on DOG Street. Why not spread the market over two full blocks as is done for Occasion for the Arts? This would allow much more room for people, dogs, strollers, entertainers, etc. Remember, Williamsburg is a dog-friendly destination for many visitors in the region.
I worked at the Farmers Market for 10 years, and most of the people parading their dogs around aren't there to buy anything. If you're a customer, fine, bring your pup. But if you're just there for attention or to "socialize" your dog, try a dog park instead.
I love farmer's markets; our family owned and operated a popular farmer's market for more than 70 years. I've visited and enjoyed farmer's markets in England, France, Germany and Japan. Because of the dogs, I seldom visit and patronize the Merchants Square farmers market, and I don't believe I am alone. The dogs are a nuisance and very likely a negative economic impact on those doing business there. Colonial Williamsburg is a wonderful place to walk and show off dogs, just not at the market. Please.
Here’s a thought
With all of the new, small beer manufacturers springing up in the area, and to promote truth in advertising, maybe we should change the name to “Williamsbrewburg.”
I have to take exception with the headline, “No tax increases in James City County’s proposed budget.” With the county’s new recycling program plans costing us $7 per month, it is far more expensive than last year’s implementation of the “Tommy Tax.” Comparing the two, $7 recycling fee equates to spending $700 per month on items subject to the 1 percent Tommy Tax. I don’t spend nearly that much. It would be far cheaper for us to just pay another 1 percent recycling tax applied like the Tommy Tax. Also, does the county’s new recycling contract allow for a cost reduction in the event China’s policies are reversed and they again start buying our recyclables? Is the $7 per month fee locked in for the entire five-year contract, or are we subject to increases at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors?
We received the York County Bulletin about trash/recycling going up in price. We called the county and found out that if we discontinue the recycling part, that we still needed to pay for it because we were in a contract. First of all, we never knew we had a contract for trash/recycling pickup. The lady said we were in the contract until July. Has anybody else had issues with York County about the increase in the trash/recycling pickup?
Better hygiene, please
I wish we could enforce proper use of rubber gloves in restaurants. I have seen employees wearing rubber gloves handling money, door handles and even using the restroom, never once changing rubber gloves before handling food again. That causes more germs to contaminate food. This is a health problem we need to change.
Part of the village
I am astonished at how often the idea of the commonwealth comes up in the negative on these pages and elsewhere. Someone self-identifying as a senior does not want to pay taxes for schools. There are certain things citizens pay for with their taxes that may not seem to directly benefit them, but they rebound to the common good. Education, infrastructure, public transportation, police, fire and EMS are a few examples. Perhaps this person does not want to pay for the fire department because that person has never been threatened directly by fire. Perhaps the person who wrote in never had children who were educated in public schools. Nevertheless, the world that person lives in is better because public schools are available. Dare I say, it takes a village.
Looking for …
I found a chainsaw on the side of the road. Leave your phone number in the Last Word and I’ll call you back.
I am hoping that someone knows of a person who practices Chinese-style medicine, or Chinese medicine. Would you please call 757-566-0869 if you can give me that information. Thank you.
I have misplaced the name of the man who repairs lamps. Could someone please repost it? Thank you.
Can anyone recommend an interior TV antennae or red-stick type device that works well within Williamsburg proper? Our local, ever-increasing cable company charges are getting out of hand.
You can buy alcohol-free gasoline in Lanexa and West Point. You don’t have to go to Richmond to get it.
I’m looking for someone who can repair watches. I’ve looked in the phone book that we have, and there’s no section on watch repair and there’s even no section on clock repair. I have a watch I’ve been using for many years and now it’s stopped working in the proper manner and I would like to find a watch repairman. So please leave it in the Last Word so I can get this repaired. Thank you.
Is there anyone who can dye some fabric for me? I’d be glad to pay for that. Please call 566-0869. Thank you.
Can someone recommend a good consignment shop for women’s clothing in the Williamsburg area? I have a lot of new clothing and I would like to know where I can take them to be consigned. Thank you.
I am interested in knowing if there is somebody in our area that has information about old coins. Some of them go back to the late 1800s, early 1900s, and then just some along the way — 1940 and so forth. There’s a lot of them that are from another country. Quite honestly, I cannot tell what country they are. But if somebody could just let us know in the Last Word, I’d appreciate it. Thank you.
I am an older man who only knows English and I am searching for a church, preferably Christian or Catholic, that celebrates the weekend services in English. I have tried a few and find Latin, Spanish and some other languages used in critical parts of the services to completely distract from my attention and participation. You can call me an old man, and maybe I am faltering, but I really want to celebrate in English where I feel I understand all the prayers and songs.
In reference to the person that left a message in the Last Word about the Kmart building becoming a flea market site: I think people love flea markets to find treasures at and this is a fabulous idea. Hopefully someone is listening and they could make it happen.
In response to someone wanting the Kmart turned into a flea market: We already have enough of those in this area. What we need is a Burlington, formerly known as “Burlington Coat Factory,” to occupy that space. We need another department store option other than Walmart.
I am very surprised by the selection to take Tony Shaver’s place. I thought they were hiring a new coach, not an assistant coach.
Huge step backward for the Tribe with this hire. Are you kidding me? Replace Shaver with an assistant coach with no head coaching experience? Come on, Tribe, the basketball program will not be relevant for the next decade.
Sales tax plan
Does anyone have the knowledge and experience about how to make the 1 percent additional tax issue a ballot measure for the city of Williamsburg? From the very beginning, the proposal should have been a ballot measure. Democracy – Voice of the People? Our local politicians should never have felt entitled to impose this tax on the citizens of the city. A lot of maneuvering occurred behind the scenes before this measure saw the light of day. It was the people’s business and should have been conducted in the open. Is preparing a ballot measure something the Law School of the College of William and Mary could lay the groundwork for? What about retired lawyers in our area? In addition to the city of Williamsburg, the citizens of York County and James City County might also be interested in the initiative.
I see the SunTrust branch in James York Plaza is closed. Will it be re-opened under the new bank? Are other branches closing too?
Mind the kids
When parents have children and enter a neighborhood, why don’t they teach their children not to throw balls or kick balls over on other properties and to stay off others’ property when they are not wanted?
Our Homeowners Association has adopted some of the most foolish guidelines imaginable. We have rules for U.S. and state flags, not to mention garden, sports teams and school flags. We have rules for basketball hoops. Worst of all, the most ridiculous of all, are the rules for campaign signs: You are allowed to have one, specified size and professionally made, and you are allowed to put it up six weeks prior to the election. The HOA sent a letter out to residents seven weeks prior to the election to inform us that some residents were in violation of the six-week rule and the signs needed to come down. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
At the border
It’s about time that President Trump cut off aid to Guatemala and El Salvador. These Central American countries that are sending their people up. This is ridiculous. And we’re looking forward to him shutting down the border. You think our agents can handle the 75,000, just in a month? And 4,000, just in a couple of days last week?
How come we haven’t had an investigation started on the Lt. Governor’s case involving two women alleging sexual assaults by Justin Fairfax? Why haven’t the Governor or the General Assembly taken action to investigate these public allegations and his responses? The voters want action to resolve this matter quickly, as it makes Virginia’s reputation flawed in women’s rights. Voters need to let their legislators know about this serious issue.
Recently, I have noticed dog convenience stations in many areas. I live in Ford’s Colony where dog walkers are famous for not picking up their dog’s mess. I know this because I walk dogs three times a day and always pick up other messes besides my own dogs’. A few years ago, I received a letter from the county that they would provide these stations free to Ford’s Colony. The board voted it down. Shame on them! Maybe the new board will revisit the subject, call the county for their reasons as to the importance of having them and provide them to us.
Too much litter
There is too much litter, but the problem is there are too many people that did not grow up thinking litter is a problem, and they just toss their litter out the window when they’re done drinking their bottle or cans or whatever they’re drinking, or their meal. We need to make stiffer laws to get these people to stop littering if we can prove it. I think the public should be able to turn somebody’s license plate in that just littered. We have to fix this problem.
Coal ash ponds
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, North Carolina state regulators have told Duke Energy that it must completely remove coal ash from all 31 storage basins in the state, rejecting the company’s proposal to cover some ponds and leave that ash in place. Coal ash is a byproduct from coal-fired power plants that can contain arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury, causing cancer. We have not heard from Virginia’s regulators as to what they will require Duke Energy to do for all of the coal ash basins in the state. Ask your Virginia legislators to find out for us.
On the news
Frank Shatz column on William and Mary’s national security conference was, well, particularly timely and informative. Thank you for Mr. Shatz’s “nose for news” and the Gazette for providing readers with such relevant information.
A contributor said Trump was talking different paths in negotiations with North Korea and Venezuela because North Korea “might” become a nuclear power. I’m not sure where they get their news, but North Korea is already a nuclear power, one with well-developed missile technology. Yet Trump stopped some sanctions on North Korea because “he liked Kim” and gave in to their long-time demands to end joint war games with South Korea for nothing in return. He has no idea how to negotiate.
Several hundred thousand political prisoners have died in work camps put there by Kim Jong Un and his father. North Koreans on average are four inches shorter than South Koreans because of decades of malnutrition. Trump asks, “What’s not to like about him?”
I recently visited the store Ivy Trellis in New Town. I highly recommend stopping their to find a gift for just about anyone. It’s refreshing to have a boutique in New Town again that sells actual gifts. The only downside is the lovely owners will follow you around the store, constantly bringing you to another part of the store to see a different item. So don’t go in a hurry. Other than that, this will be my new favorite place to shop.
Know your facts
The March 30 commenter ("as a veteran") should cease perpetuating the Fox News lie about the origins of the Russia investigation and get the actual timeline straight. The FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign in July 2016 following the Papadopoulos revelations, months before it was even alerted to the Steele dossier. Further, Sen. McCain gave the dossier to the FBI — not to the "public" as the commenter claims — in December 2016, a month following the 2016 presidential election. Lastly, the 16 reports of the 35-page dossier is a collection of raw intelligence, rendering no bottom-line judgments and is, quite simply, an unfinished intelligence product, with only some of its reporting being buttressed by subsequent investigation materials. Accordingly, when you make judgments on a person — especially a fellow veteran — you should be honor-bound to ensure your information is accurate.
You gotta love the post office 23185. I sent a letter to someone on William Way in Williamsburg, VA 23185. Their house number had three digits. I got the last digit wrong. Name correct, street correct, Williamsburg and VA and ZIP code correct. Instead of looking and saying someone got it wrong by one digit, they sent it back to me and said, “No such street, unable to forward.”
Off to China
So the U.S. is the largest exporter of refined oil products in the world. Why don’t we keep our fuel here and tell the world to ship there oil to China.
Why do the police ignore the law when it comes to headlights and raining that requires wipers? Police sometimes ignore the law also going down the road. The law states headlights must be on when using wipers.
The guardrail protecting the new overhead sign on Route 199 between Longhill and Richmond roads is a safety hazard to the motoring public as it is located within 2 feet of the median yellow line on the pavement. In fact, you can hit it without leaving the pavement. A little inattention or rain at night and, BAM, you are into the guardrail. Just up the road, the guardrail protecting the columns for the overpass at Olde Towne Road are 8 to 10 feet away from the pavement, which means the rumble strip gets your attention and allows the vehicle to recover before you hit the guardrail. Why is VDOT installing guardrail in unsafe locations where it will be responsible for causing additional accidents?
Up in Washington
My grandfather died of black lung disease from working in a coal mine and now Trump claims the sound of windmills causes cancer. I guess everyone in Holland has cancer.
If Democrats want President Trump to stop criticizing their politicians, I suggest they stop personally attacking President Trump and everything he’s doing to better our country.
A commenter suggests we Google John McCain because of his political actions, which is fair. So I suggest you also Google the number of lies Trump has told since taking office. While you are at it, Google the number of women claiming to have been assaulted by the president. And finally Google racist remarks made by Trump. Republicans can turn their heads and hold their noses to this, but patriotic Americans say this is not alright with them. Abandoning societal norms for your party will bring this country down. So abandon Fox News and read the truth about your morally-corrupt president before asking others to Google anything.
Trump has gone from saying the GOP will be the party of health care to the party of stealth care. They are going to reveal their plan two years from now at the same time he shows us his tax returns.
The president’s repeal-and-replace mantra for the problem he sees with health care in this country is sort of like telling a couple that live in rural Kansas to sell their family car before they go looking to buy a new one. If he wants to repeal and replace, he should have the replacement on the blocks, ready to go, the day he repeals the existing one. Don’t pretend that the replacement will miraculously arise from the ashes, considering the contention we have on a daily basis in Congress.
I just wanted to give a shout out to the Norge Dental Clinic and their free clinic this past Saturday. Everybody there is so wonderful — everybody was so nice. Thank you.
I was so happy to hear that there was a local chapter of Mended Hearts. I attended their last meeting and the guest speaker was a heart transplant survivor. What a wonderful presentation he did. Tom Barr was the gentleman's name and to listen to him tell his journey from the first episode to now was amazing. He was technical at times, but very amusing. He was fantastic. Thank you, Tom, for a great presentation. I can't wait for the next meeting.
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the gentleman who found my wallet on March 16 in the parking lot of Colonial Williamsburg. He was most kind and I deeply appreciate it. He turned it in to the C.W. Department of Public Safety and I retrieved it shortly afterward.
A big thank you to Kathryn Murray, passport agent at the Monticello Avenue Post Office. I went to the post office this week to get my passport renewed. Kathryn couldn’t have been more gracious or kind in helping me fill out the form, explaining the procedure, even taking two photos — one for the form and the other to be put in my wallet when I get the passport, in case something happens to the passport on my trip. She was a wonderful help — intelligent, considerate, understanding — and I am very grateful. Thank you so much, Kathryn!