Last Word on flea markets, April 13

Flea markets

The reader who proposed the Kmart building be turned into a big flea market site started off mentioning the Historic Triangle Community Service Center's monthly flea, (the last Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. to noon). They then stated the Kmart building would be the perfect site for it. I was a volunteer coordinator for the flea market for three years and this idea has no merit for several reasons: 1) The HTCSC currently houses the flea on its own property and has little overhead. They can pass these savings on to vendors (currently they charge $15 to rent an 8-foot table and $10 for a 6-foot table). The Kmart site would cost them dearly and the price of table rentals would skyrocket. 2) There have been months we struggled to find enough vendors and customers for our small venue, so the Kmart building would be an empty bucket. The HTCSC flea table rentals benefit the center and ultimately the community as a whole. In short, support the flea you have and find another use for the Kmart building.

Blurred lines

The Tommy Tax money makes many local cronies a tad bit wealthier. Unfortunately, not the workers for the hotels and restaurants that receive the millions in free advertising. There is no debate, the Tourism Council is a public body: publish all salaries, expenses, travel and more. Chohany and Zeidler are former City Council people — this is sickening, but then again, everything gets buried under the rug around here, no one stands up for the little guys any longer.

That’s all she wrote

World Book Day is coming up on April 23. It's a tradition around the world for book lovers, especially young ones, to don a costume of their favorite literary character.

Road worries

Cranston Mill Pond Road in James City County is in desperate need of better management. It is a treacherous journey, compounded by extra narrow lanes that have no shoulder, horrible potholes, blind curves, bicyclists and increasing traffic from development. The sides of the road are jagged cliffs that will catch your tire should you need to avoid oncoming motorists who cross the lane markers. Perhaps the road should be permanently closed — not just when flooded — until it can be re-engineered for safety. I use this road daily and it would be a huge inconvenience, but is it worth my life? Thank you.

As a cyclist who enjoys the Capital Landing Trail, I find it dangerous every time I see a cyclist on Route 5 or Jamestown Road on the shoulder of the road. While the idea of sharing the road sounds great, it is obvious that these roads are far too narrow to allow this. I cannot think of a better way to risk your life and get exercise at the same time.

To the man driving the grey convertible who overtook a group of cyclists on Greenspring Road Wednesday at about 5:50 p.m.: I just wanted to let you know how close you came to killing a number of people by doing what you did. A good-sized group of us were approaching a left turn onto The Main in First Colony moving at about 22 mph. Yes, we may have held you up for a matter of seconds, but we have a right to the road and in this case had the right of way, as we moved out into the lane before you came upon us. As I was in the back of the group, I could see numerous riders pointing left indicating the upcoming turn. Just as the first riders were ready to make the turn, you decided to cross over the double yellow line into the oncoming traffic lane and pass through at a very high rate of speed. I’m told by several friends our shouts at you as you roared by was the only warning that kept them from making a perfectly safe and legal turn, which would have put them directly in your reckless path. Had they started to turn, they would likely be dead. Thought it only fair you should know.

Innovative grants

Innovative learning grants! How wonderful that our teachers have the opportunity to dream up new aids for students to learn and enjoy. We all benefit when our children learn and learn happily. Best wishes to all Innovative Grant winners and thank you to donors of the dollars.

Looking for …

Homeschool project is looking for donations of aggregate pavers. Square or rectangle preferred. We will pick up. Call 757-254-4456. Thank you.

Need an individual who can do occasional light yard work. Please leave your name and phone number and I will contact you.

To the gentleman searching for a modern Catholic Church: I invite you to my church, St. Olaf, Patron of Norway, Roman Catholic Church at 104 Norge Lane, off Richmond Road in Norge. The Pastor, Fr. Thomas Mattingly, is pious. He has a wonderful singing voice and sense of humor. The entire Mass is in English, with beautiful accompaniment by the music ministry, including professionally trained Director of Liturgy and Music Kiera Parciak. The new church, dedicated just two years ago, enjoys ample light and an excellent sound system. Weekly Masses are 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. You won’t be disappointed.

There is a watch and jewelry repair shop in the center of Patrick Henry Mall. Repairs are done while you wait and prices are reasonable.

If the family who sold the Swedish angel chimes at the Kingsmill yard sale on April 6 finds a missing piece (a brass tube that fits at the top of the pole), please contact bonniemurphy241@gmail.com. Thank you.

For the person looking for someone to repair a watch: You want to try J&M Jewelers, 2229 Richmond Road. Fernando is the watchmaker. Their phone number is 565-4407. I’ve used them for years and they’re great people to do business with. Thank you.

We’ve been taking our watches to Rodney Graves in Norge for repairs for years. He’s behind the Norge Post Office. His number is 220-8353.

Lost: Gold button-style earring for pierced ears in the area at Publix. Please contact Last Word if found. Thanks.

For the person searching for watch repair: MN Jeweler, 5251 John Tyler Highway (Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center at Route 199 and John Tyler Highway). The owner is also a goldsmith and does jewelry repair and custom design. Tel. 757-849-2785, Email: Info@mnjeweler.com.

Those darn dogs

This is about the dogs at the Williamsburg Farmers Market: They do not need to be there unless they are service dogs. If they’re service dogs, that’s one thing. But leave your dogs at home until you get back and play with them there. Walk them on your own territory. Thank you.

In response to the comment under, “So many dogs,” I would add how wonderful that so many persons love dogs and come to their defense so often. The comment, “Rescue a dog. Save a life,” would be so much more noble and greater if the comment were “Rescue a baby. Save a life.” Instead, we create laws to destroy humans in utero but defend at all cost the rights of animals. Where are our priorities?

Coach Shaver

Would everyone who believes Tony Shaver was fired for not getting his team into the NCAA tournament, please get in touch with me. I have a bridge in Brooklyn that is for sale.

Aggrieved on taxes

Since the redistribution of wealth has gone almost totally to the wealthiest since the 1980s, and Jesus actually did instruct the rich to “give the worker his due,” “love thy neighbor as thyself,” and offered multiple other ways of caring for and sharing with the less fortunate, I have to disagree with the writer who opined that taxes unfairly target the rich. In fact, tax laws have taken money from the poor, penalized and destroyed the middle class, and increased the width and depth of the chasm between the “have” and “have nots.” Countries with a strong middle class and comprehensive social safety net prosper; excessively competitive countries that invest only in the very richest choke on their gluttony. I also suggest the aggrieved writer refresh his knowledge of the words of Jesus.

Land preservation

County land preservation in and around the Williamsburg area should have been thought of 30 years ago. From the cracker-box townhouse communities to the gated communities and everything in between, look at who and what it has gotten us. This is not the town I grew up in.

Admissions scandal

This college admissions scandal that’s going on, these people that participated — most of them probably are white and rich. So most of them will probably get a little slap on the hand and call it a day and that will be the end of that. But we know that. Thank you.

Paying for schools

To the writer who bemoaned childless people paying school taxes and insisted families should be taxed based on their number of children: Parents paying per child for school is “tuition.” In this country, public education is available because all citizens profit from an educated population.

Block the calls

Protect yourself from robo calls. If you have Cox home phone (VoIP landline), you can sign up for Nomorobo (free for now). Begin by signing into your Cox account. Nomorobo compares your incoming call phone numbers against a data bank of known robo callers. If a phone number is in the data bank, Nomorobo rejects the call. If you have Nomorobo and a robo call sneaks through, immediately report the offender to Nomorobo. One glitch: When we activated Nomorobo, the automatic date-time feature of our phone registered 15 minutes slow. If that happens, reset the date-time to “manual” instead of “auto,” an easy fix. Additional common-sense measures to protect yourself: Use caller ID and your answering machine to screen calls.

Are you sick of robo calls? Well, Cox now offers software called “No Mo Robo.” It is a free service to all Cox landline customers. I recently set this up for my client about three weeks ago, and what a difference it has made! It’s not that difficult to do. As a matter of fact, just call Cox at 757-224-1111 and they will walk you through it.

2nd Sundays

As a local resident and musician, I would like to see more local bands and talent at Second Sundays. It's a great community event and a way to support small businesses in the area. The same should apply to the music.

More shredding

Why are Williamsburg, James City and York counties behind the times about paper/document shredding for their residents? Arlington and Fairfax counties provide monthly free shredding in designated county facilities. Arlington County uses a large industrial shredder and residents provide two large boxes or bags full of papers/ documents. Fairfax County's Solid Waste Management Program has a list of shredding dates throughout the year at designated locations. Please, Williamsburg, James City and York counties, get on the ball and replicate what they're doing. This will take the constant guessing out of the who, when, and where about this subject. Thank you.

Family planning

Looking at the several beds of blue pinwheels in place to remind us to prevent child abuse, wouldn’t it be simpler, cheaper and more humane to allow women who don’t want to get pregnant with babies they can’t or won’t care for, wouldn’t it make more sense to see that access to family planning and birth control is easy, simple and private?

Finish the job

York County has the right idea in requiring new home developments to complete the amenities like clubhouses and pools before selling houses. In Williamsburg, there is a townhouse development in which houses have been sold and occupied for over three years, yet the advertised pool and clubhouse have not been started. The artwork showing the future pool shows it where there is a 60-foot wooded embankment at the back of the development. That’ll be interesting.

Train travel

Starting in June, there will be a new Pullman-style rail service between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh which will have modern accommodations for the traveling public because, as the top management at the company operating the new overnight services stated in a news release, "People now are very much looking for a decent experience — whether it is in a restaurant, a shop or indeed traveling on a train — and we have gone after that market." It is a shame that the top management at Amtrak is hell bent on making traveling by train in America more miserable than flying. People who travel by train do so partially because they enjoy the pleasure the journey should provide.

Big idea

Wouldn't it be great if Peking expanded into the old Kmart building? They already get a lot of tour buses, and this way they could expand their Mongolian grill. I love to see creative uses of our abandoned retail shops.

Where’s the probe?

How come we haven’t had an investigation started on the lieutenant 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 quick as it makes Virginia’s reputation flawed in women’s rights. Voters need to let their legislators know about this serious issue.

What’s happening with our Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax regarding his being accused by multiple women of rape and sexual abuse?

Not the government!

We're aware of government incompetence in medical matters with its gross mishandling of veterans’ hospitals. Recent aircraft crashes lead to questions about government management of aircraft safety. Now the Gazette reports government lack of competency in postal management, i.e., missed or wrong delivery of letters and packages. Yet, some folks still advocate total government management and control of individual health care matters. That's the epitome of stupidity.

Health insurance

If Obamacare was so good, why do four 2020 presidential candidates — all senators — want Medicare for all now? What’s wrong with Obamacare that they like so much?

Well done!

Congratulations to William and Mary Law School being recognized as the No. 1 “Military Friendly” graduate school in the country. The award recognizes the schools’ “commitment, effort and success in creating a sustainable and meaningful opportunity for the military community.” The rankings, since 2004, sponsored by The VIQTORYcompany, determines the ranking and based on an assessment of public data available for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses from schools that complete an annual survey. Go Tribe!!

Speedy delivery

On April 1, a priority mail letter was sent from Atlanta to me in Williamsburg. As of April 8, I had not received it. When I checked the tracking number, I found that the letter was in the Seattle, Wash., distribution center with a notation that it was en route to the next facility. I went to the Monticello Post Office to try to get more information; however, they couldn't tell me any more than I already knew. I asked the supervisor why this priority mail (which is supposed to be delivered in two to three days) would have gone to Seattle. Her response: “When you travel you don't always go direct.” Yep, but I have never traveled from Williamsburg to Atlanta by way of Washington state. As of this writing, I'm still waiting for that priority mail letter. And the post office wonders why people use FedEx or UPS to send things!

Fairness doctrine

The FCC, under President Ronald Reagan, eliminated the fairness doctrine where broadcasters had to give both sides of major public policy in a debate. A sad decision by then President Reagan, as I like to think this was the beginning of fake news and eighth-grade accusations going back and forth between the parties.

It’s a crime

When three black churches in Louisiana are burned to the ground in two weeks, that’s an intentional hate crime. So please, Mr. President, send the FBI.

Recommended

For stump grinding services, I highly recommend Ron at Stump B Gone, 1-508-729-1147. He is honest, reliable and professional. His prices are reasonable, lower than other estimates. He arrived when scheduled and did a neat and professional job.

Just called to agree with the recent commenters about the fantastic fish fry on Friday evening at the Greek Hellenic Center on Mooretown Road. It was fabulous. I had the fried flounder. I got two pieces, along with two sides and dessert and it was fabulous. I highly recommend it — if anybody gets a chance to take advantage of it the last two Fridays before Easter. It’s only $10 a person and it is from 4-7 p.m. Do yourself a favor. Check it out.

We were so fortunate to find a person that would come and paint just one room for us, and it was done so well. His name is Kevin Bleakley. It’s so nice to find someone who will do that small, one room painting job for you. His number is 757-708-4874. A job well done.

I am a senior citizen who needed a replacement for my Android cell phone. I went to the Verizon store at Quarterpath Shopping Center. Robert Vasquez gave me excellent service, was more than patient and didn’t try to sell me the latest and greatest, which I didn’t need. The number of the store is 757-879-0801.

As recommended, Chick-fil-A catering is really wonderful. Thanks to the Last Word, I saw that they offered this service, and we had a breakfast meeting and then a lunch meeting and also a celebration at our home. And every time, it was extremely beautiful and well done. I highly recommend them, and I was unaware that they had delivery service. It’s a great firm, great food. The number at the Monticello restaurant is 564-6801. Thank you very much.

We had a very good experience with a company called Chauvin Mechanical Inc. in Williamsburg. Joe Chauvin installed a new HVAC system. The price was reasonable, and all was done in less than a day. He is a very nice man and answered all our questions. He also does repairs. We were very pleased. His number is 757-253-2600.

Free to you

Does anyone want dark green hand-blown glass wine bottles? I have 50-plus that are in perfect condition. Stickers already removed. Free to the first person who picks them up. 757-254-4456

I have an endless supply of gently used ledger paper and other dimensions perfect to recycle as coloring pages for children. Call 757-229-1199 and ask for Melissa.

Up in Washington

At what point is it going to dawn on our president that the United States is a nation of laws and that just because Secret Service Director and Homeland Security Director Nielsen happen to understand and obey the law, that he’s not going to be able to find people who are going to willfully violate the law on his whims.

The nonsense that’s going on this evening in Washington over the meaning of the word “shall” — in the log, it says that the IRS shall turn over tax papers over to Congress — reminds me of Bill Clinton’s argument about the meaning of the word “is”.

I'm hoping everyone had a chance to hear Congressman Schiff during the House Judiciary Committee meeting at the end of March. This will be a speech we shall all see in our history books re: The Trump investigation. It shows how very lax and disgusting our Republican congressmen have become. I'm now an ex-Republican, previously invited to the Reagan White House; I'm sure Reagan would be disgusted with as well. Thank God for Adam Schiff.

What does “redacted” mean? I’m not politically savvy in the terms of the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr’s concept of what that report will be, but I keep hearing that word “redacted.” I don’t particularly have a Webster’s dictionary on hand, but if someone out there can kind of explain that, you know, for some of us less politically savvy people, I’d appreciate that. Editor’s note: Redacting is an editing process; specifically, censoring or obscuring of part of a text for legal or security purposes. To cut out, white-out or black-out parts of a document.

Half of the GOP want to make birth control of any kind illegal and the other half don’t want to pay for public education.

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